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2012/2013 EDMONTON OPERA

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WELCOME Dear opera lovers, It is my great pleasure to present you with the repertoire for our new 2012/13 season. When selecting seasons, we think of three things: artistic excellence, accessibility, and financial sustainability. Next season will feature three operas from different parts of the world. In honor of Verdi’s 200th anniversary, we will be presenting the grandest of all operas, Aida. Then we have French opera, Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and we will close the season with Russian opera, Eugene Onegin. Joining us for these proven classics are very distinguished and renowned artists – many of them making their Edmonton Opera debut. As we approach our milestone of turning fifty next season, we are setting the stage for growth and succession, in order to offer more to our city’s already versatile arts scene. Therefore, we are delighted to introduce The Canadian Series. Every year, we will try to bring you new Canadian work, and will start this season with two operas: Svadba – Wedding by Ana Sokolovic, and Shelter by Juliet Kiri Palmer. 2

You will notice a few more changes in our productions; our opening night has been moved to Friday so we can accommodate a Sunday matinée, something many of you have requested. As we announce this exhilarating next season, we are grateful to have such a loyal and broad audience, and truly appreciate your support and contributions. On behalf of the Edmonton Opera, thank you for joining us and enjoy the next season!

Sandra Gajic Edmonton Opera CEO


49TH SEASON MAINSTAGE SERIES

AIDA | 4 LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN | 6 EUGENE ONEGIN | 8

CANADIAN SERIES

SHELTER | 10 SVADBA – WEDDING | 11

SIGNATURE EVENTS

THE EXPERIENCE, STORM THE STAGE, BRUNCHES | 12 VALENTINE’S GALA, GOLF CLASSIC, OPERA AL FRESCO | 13

DISCOVER THE OPERA

EDUCATION | 14 OPERA 101, EDMONTON OPERA EXPLORERS, ENCORE! | 15

SUPPORT THE OPERA

INDIVIDUAL GIVING & CORPORATE SUPPORT | 16 SPECIAL THANKS | 17

INFORMATION

SUBSCRIPTION & BOX OFFICE INFORMATION | 18 JUBILEE SEATING & PRICING MAP | 19 3


Mainstage Series

AIDA

Verdi

It is the grandest of the grand operas, with Verdi at the peak of his creative powers. Radames, the victorious Egyptian warrior, desires the hand of Aida, the enslaved Ethiopian princess. However, the King’s own daughter Amneris has designs on the conquering hero. The result is a bitter love triangle fueled by the strongest emotions – love and jealousy. This inspired tale of ancient Egypt, conflicting loyalties and forbidden passion is fueled by soaring arias, surging choruses and exhilarating orchestral music. From the seductive slave dances and the triumphal march to the power of “Celeste Aida” and the hauntingly heart-rending finale, this music is some of the most memorable in all of opera.

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TICKETS AT EDMONTONOPERA.COM OR BY PHONE AT 780.429.1000 

Angela M. Brown returns in the title role, and she is a splendid singer. It is said that big voices win out at the Met. Ms. Brown has one, but her real secret is a purity and presence that can send even the quietest passages floating out to the back of the house. She is passionate without loss of musical discipline. — Bernard Holland, The New York Times

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Performed in Italian with English supertitles

October 2012

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Join us for complimentary Opera Talks 45 minutes before curtain in the Kaasa Lobby

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7.30 pm

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CONDUCTOR

AIDA

Richard Buckley

Angela Brown

DIRECTOR

RADAMES

Dejan Miladinovic

Carl Tanner

LIGHTING DESIGNER

AMNERIS

David Fraser

Elena Bocharova

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR

AMONASRO

Brian Webb

Donnie Ray Albert

CHORUS

RAMFIS

Edmonton Opera Chorus

Burak Bilgili

ORCHESTRA

THE KING

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Mikhail Kolelishvili

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Mainstage Series

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CONTES D’HOFFMANN Offenbach

In this richly melodic work, the poet Hoffmann dreams of three women: the wind-up doll Olympia, the beguiling Venetian courtesan Giulietta, and the siren Antonia – a frail and consumptive opera singer. Hoffmann’s grand but misguided attempts at love are foiled by the supernatural villain Dapertutto, who robs Hoffman of his better self and any chance of happiness in love. Offenbach’s final masterpiece is full of gorgeous melodies, seductive love scenes, and fantastic characters – a dark fairy tale and feast for the eyes and ears.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Performed in French with English supertitles

February 2013

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Join us for complimentary Opera Talks 45 minutes before curtain in the Kaasa Lobby

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This opera contains some of the most moving music, but also some of the most disturbing characters that any opera or theatrical show has ever known. The world of a turn-of-the-century circus is full of a cast of characters that are dark and mysterious and exist in a world where we cheer for the mysterious dark magician and laugh at the downtrodden sad clown. They appear and disappear though turn-of-the-century machinery, magic and trickery, smoke, and funhouse mirrors. —Joel Ivany, Director


TICKETS AT EDMONTONOPERA.COM OR BY PHONE AT 780.429.1000 

CONDUCTOR

HOFFMANN

Christoph Campestrini

David Pomeroy

DIRECTOR

LINDORF/COPPELIUS/

Joel Ivany

DAPPERTUTTO/DR. MIRACLE

Richard Paul Fink SCENIC/COSTUME DESIGNER

Camellia Koo

OLYMPIA

Teiya Kasahara LIGHTING DESIGNER

Jason Hand

ANTONIA

Ileana Montalbetti CHORUS

Edmonton Opera Chorus

GIULIETTA/STELLA

Krisztina Szabo ORCHESTRA

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

NICKLAUSSE/A VOICE/MUSE

Lauren Segal


Mainstage Series

EUGENE ONEGIN Tchaikovsky Drama, beauty, and romantic obsession – Tchaikovsky’s haunting opera has it all. A world-weary aristocrat grudgingly visits the provincial home of his friend's fiancée where he toys with the affections of the inexperienced, ardent Tatiana. Her love letter to the brooding Onegin results in a heartless rejection, setting off an inexorable chain of events culminating in a chilling duel. Years later, the tables are turned when the honourable Tatiana rejects him. Onegin is left crushed and filled with regret over the love he so casually spurned.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Performed in Russian with English supertitles

April 2013

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TICKETS AT EDMONTONOPERA.COM OR BY PHONE AT 780.429.1000 

CONDUCTOR

TATIANA

James Meena

Dina Kuznetsova

DIRECTOR

EUGENE ONEGIN

Tom Diamond

Philip Cutlip

LIGHTING DESIGNER

LENSKY

Geoffrey George

Andrej Dunaev

CHORUS

MADAME LARINA

Edmonton Opera Chorus

Olga Savova

ORCHESTRA

OLGA

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Maria Kataeva PRINCE GREMIN

Ilya Bannik


Presented by Edmonton Opera & The University of Alberta’s Festival of Ideas

SHELTER Composer | Juliet Kiri Palmer

—WORLD— PREMIERE

NEW! Canadian Series

Librettist | Julie Salverson

Co-Produced with Tapestry New Opera Shelter: a nuclear family adrift in the atomic age. Since Prometheus stole fire from the Gods, we have flirted with the dangerous beauty of science. In the invisible shadow of Fukushima, how will we survive when knowledge so outstrips understanding? In this fable a father protects his family at any cost, a mother chases storms, and a nuclear physicist is midwife to a child who glows in the dark… When the dashing Pilot enters, our world is forever altered. Tickets include the exhibit Atomicalia: Experiencing the Atomic Age. Please join us for a panel discussion on November 14, 2012 at 6 pm as part of The University of Alberta's Festival of Ideas.

La Cité Francophone Theatre Sung in English with supertitles

November 15 10

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8 pm

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2 & 8 pm

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DIRECTOR

THOMAS

Keith Turnbull

Peter McGillivray

STAGE & COSTUME DESIGN

PILOT

Sue LePage

Keith Klassen

LIGHTING & VIDEO DESIGN

HOPE

Beth Kates & Ben Chaisson

Maghan McPhee

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR

LISE MEITNER

Jo Leslie

Andrea Ludwig CLAIRE

Christine Duncan


NEW! Canadian Series

Presented by Edmonton Opera

SVADBA – WEDDING Ana Sokolovic

Produced by Queen of Puddings Music Theatre CONDUCTOR

Dáirine Ní Mheadhra DIRECTOR

Michael Cavanagh SCENIC/COSTUME DESIGNER

Michael Gianfrancesco

The night before a wedding, girlfriends prepare the bride-tobe in a ravishing and cathartic Balkan rite of passage. Join us for an intoxicating a cappella tour de force for six female opera singers, produced by Toronto's Queen of Puddings Music Theatre. “These days, it’s hard to find an opera composer whose theatrical instincts are daring and sure-footed at the same time. So let’s be thankful that Ana Sokolovic chose Canada as her home.”

LIGHTING DESIGNER

—Colin Eatock, The Globe & Mail

Kimberly Purtell SINGERS

Laura Albino Carla Huhtanen Andrea Ludwig Shannon Mercer Elizabeth Turnbull Jacqueline Woodley

Pictured: Jacqueline Woodley | Photograph by: John Lauener

Eva O’Howard Auditorium at Victoria School of the Arts Sung in Serbian with English supertitles

January 12 2013

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SIGNATURE EVENTS The Experience

Storm the Stage

Opera Brunches

November 1, 2012

October 20, 2012

Sundays at Sutton Place Hotel

The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival and Liquor Depot present The Experience, an evening of gourmet food, fine wine, premium beer, high end spirits and exclusive auction items. All proceeds benefit the University Hospital Foundation's campaign for Prostate Health and Edmonton Opera.

Edmonton Opera presents the annual party on the opera set with live performances by hip-hop fusion artist Mitchmatic, alternative folk trio F&M and Edmonton Opera Chorus members. Enjoy a fashion show of operatic clothing from Thread Hill and pastries by Duchess Bake Shop - all on the ancient Egyptian set of Aida!

Join us for a morning of fantastic food and intimate recitals by the artists starring in each of our mainstage productions. Hear them perform their personal favourites while you enjoy Egyptian, French, and Russian inspired brunches prepared by the Sutton Place Hotel chefs.

For more information, please visit theexperienceedmonton.ca

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Aida | September 30, 2012 Les Contes d'Hoffmann | January 20, 2013 Eugene Onegin | April 7, 2013


Valentine’s Gala

Golf Classic

Opera al Fresco

February 14, 2013

June 10, 2013

June 21, 2013

Edmonton Opera and CapitalCare present an exquisite evening where guests enjoy the sights and sounds of music, fantastic décor, and culinary delights. Attended by over 800 Albertans, this event is sure to impress your sweetheart while supporting two great causes.

The 18th Annual Golf Tournament is a perfect day to spend with friends or clients at one of the area’s finest private golf courses. Packages include breakfast and lunch, power cart, range balls, green fees, and more. To hear more about sponsorship packages, please contact us today.

Stroll along lush garden paths and enjoy hors d’oeuvres while listening to enchanting opera performances by the Edmonton Opera Chorus and Children's Chorus. The splendor and fragrance of the Devonian Botanic Garden combined with beautiful opera performances is truly a delight. Sold out last year, this event is certainly one of the best ways to celebrate summer!

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DISCOVER THE OPERA EDUCATION Edmonton Opera believes the power of opera offers a unique educational opportunity for learners of all ages. Whether it’s our online education guides, engaging in-school visits or experiencing a dress rehearsal first hand, the Edmonton Opera’s education program complements Alberta Curriculum needs while entertaining and captivating students and educators alike. Our education dress rehearsal performances are available to students and groups of all ages. Book your class, seniors group, language club, or community group to join us for a performance and witness the beauty of opera at reduced group pricing. Share the magic of opera in our community! Our Education Program has special donation opportunities that help schools and special groups in need experience opera. By supporting our Education Program you can help bring the extraordinary art of opera to students of all ages!

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To find out more about our education program, please email education@edmontonopera.com or call 780.392.7832

2012/13 EDUCATION DRESS REHEARSALS

Aida October 17, 2012 11 am

Les Contes d'Hoffmann January 30, 2013 11 am

Eugene Onegin April 17, 2013 11 am


OPERA 101 Join Edmonton Opera for a series of thought-provoking and informative panel discussions surrounding our opera season. Not only for the opera-curious, this series will emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of the art form with guest speakers from the realms of history, political science, music and more! Aida | October 10, 2012 Les Contes d'Hoffmann | January 23, 2013 Eugene Onegin | April 10, 2013 Art Gallery of Alberta Ledcor Theatre

EDMONTON OPERA EXPLORERS If you’re between the ages of 18 to 29 Edmonton Opera Explorers is the best way to witness the magic of opera for only $20 a ticket! Being a member not only gets you access to two $20 tickets to all 5 operas this season, but also a free drink at Tuesday mainstage receptions!

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Please visit us online at edmontonopera.com/discover for more information about our many programs.

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SUPPORT OPERA

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INDIVIDUAL GIVING Become a Friend of Edmonton Opera for a donation of $50– $1,749 or get more involved and join our Director’s Circle. One of our most important initiatives, the Director's Circle represents Edmonton Opera's most passionate supporters. By becoming a Director's Circle Member (begining at $1,750) you will be treated to exclusive opportunities designed to enhance your overall experience.

Opera is the greatest of all the arts – it is music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts combined. It is also one of the most expensive art forms to produce. In fact, revenue generated from ticket purchases covers only a small portion of the cost of producing an opera. The remainder of the funding comes from government, foundations, donors, sponsors, special events, and from the generous contributions of people like you. There are many ways to support Edmonton Opera besides attending the performances.

CORPORATE SUPPORT Historically, we have received gracious support from many corporations and businesses and are proud of what we have built and accomplished together. We strongly encourage our corporate community to not only take responsibility to keep us going, but to help us in our quest to present the highest calibre of live opera in the capital region.

To learn more about supporting the opera and to find out how you can help, please contact us at 780.424.4040 or by email at development@edmontonopera.com


SPECIAL THANKS GOVERNMENT & FOUNDATION SUPPORT Canada Council for the Arts Canadian Heritage Alberta Culture & Community Spirit Alberta Foundation for the Arts Edmonton Arts Council Edmonton Community Foundation SEASON SPONSOR Dianne & Irving Kipnes VISIONARIES Rob Hood Estate BENEFACTORS Francis Price & Marguerite Trussler PATRONS Jim & Sharon Brown C. J. Woods

CORPORATE SPONSORS Liquor Depot WAM Development Group RBC Foundation Creekwood Chappelle Brookfield Properties Top-Co Landmark Homes PCL Construction Management The Fath Group SUSTAINERS Joanne & Derek Beaton Sandra Gajic Frederic & Alma Gojmerac Mark & Nancy Heule Laurence Jewell Steven & Day LePoole Axel Meisen & Barbara Girard Kyle & Colleen Murray Arnold & Grace Rumbold Ed Wiebe & Marcia Johnson

TELUS Don Wheaton Ltd. City Lumber & The Rosen Family In honour of Zita & John Rosen, Founders ENMAX Corporation Imperial Oil Foundation Rhino Print Solutions The Enjoy Centre BMO Lexus of Edmonton

EDUCATION DRESS REHEARSALS SPONSOR CIBC PREFERRED SUPPLIERS The Press Gallery Seabreeze Trucking Rhino Print Solutions Playhouse Publishing

Edmonton City Centre Mall Meyers Norris Penny LLP McLennan Ross LLP Duchess Bake Shop JÄ€CEK Chocolate Couture 17


SUBSCRIPTIONS Exclusive Mainstage Subscriber Benefits G

BEST SEATS, BEST PRICE By subscribing to our opera season you get first choice of seats throughout the theatre plus a substantial discount over single ticket J prices! We also reserve your seat for the following season until the renewal deadline. SPECIAL OFFERS Subscribers enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco at LUX or Hundred, courtesy of Century Hospitality Group. Enjoy 20% off single ticket prices for Calgary Opera. FLEXIBLE EXCHANGES If your schedule changes, we will be happy to exchange your tickets for an alternate date of the same production. If you misplace tickets, we will reprint them at no charge. E

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Subscribe Today! ONLINE Visit us online at:

www.edmontonopera.com BY PHONE Please call 780.429.1000. BOX OFFICE Visit us in person at: Edmonton Opera Box Office Tix on the Square 9930 102 Avenue NW Edmonton AB, T5J 5H7 Box Office Hours: Monday–Friday 9.30am – 6.30pm Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm Closed Sunday & statutory holidays


NORTHERN ALBERTA JUBILEE AUDITORIUM SECOND BALCONY AIDA • LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN

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AIDA | LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN | EUGENE ONEGIN

Tickets | www.edmontonopera.com | 780.429.1000 9930 102 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5J 5H7 info@edmontonopera.com

Edmonton Opera 2012/13 Season  

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