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richard cook, CHAIR Welcome to our evening of Champagne parties and good times. Unlike Richard Strauss’ Salome, our players this evening in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus are out to enjoy themselves to the max.

Die Fledermaus lies in the realm of operetta, with a strong Viennese style of marches, waltzes and polkas — singable good tunes with a lighthearted plot. Much has happened over the past few months at Edmonton Opera. I have received many positive comments about our first production of Salome, and I congratulate the artistic team that put together this excellent opera. On the business front, the management and board have worked together to build strong management tools and responsible oversight so that our supporters and patrons can enjoy our productions for many years to come.

first joint fundraising venture featuring the ESO, Edmonton Opera Chorus and three amazing (and amazingly funny and handsome) baritone singers: Gordon Bintner, Elliot Madore and Philippe Sly, all under the direction of ESO’s conductor Bill Eddins. Tickets available at Our 50th anniversary season closes with Madama Butterfly (April 5, 8 and 10) by Giacomo Puccini. This was the first opera performed by the then-called Edmonton Professional Opera Association some 50 years ago. Reflecting on the past work of Edmonton Opera, I think of all of the staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to make sure that our city is enriched by the presence of an opera company. I would argue that without an opera company, a city has not really “grown up,” and I believe Edmontonians can be proud of all of our outstanding arts organizations that make this such a good place to live and work.

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Johann Strauss II Born in Vienna on Oct. 25, 1825, Johann Strauss II was the eldest of six children, and displayed musical gifts at an early age. He began composing when he was six years old, and his mother arranged for him to secretly study violin, as his father wanted him to have a career in banking instead of pursuing music. The elder Strauss popularized the waltz worldwide, while his sons Johann, Joseph and Eduard all enjoyed their own musical successes as orchestra conductors and composers of dance music. The musical rivalry between father and sons, however, would last until the elder Strauss’ death. After his father’s death in 1849, Johann Strauss II combined two orchestras — the one his father had conducted, and the one the younger Strauss had formed and had made his professional debut with as concertmaster and conductor in 1844. He enjoyed tremendous success as both a composer and a conductor, inheriting his father’s title of “The Waltz King.” He is best remembered for his waltzes and polkas, and concentrated on dance melodies (especially during the 1860s and early 1870s) because he did not believe his music was well-suited to the stage or theatre. By the 1870s, however, Offenbach’s comic operas were extremely popular in Vienna, and Strauss’ first wife, Jetty Treffz, encouraged Strauss to try his hand at operetta. Most of Strauss’ subsequent dance music was excerpts from his operettas. His first complete operetta, Indigo und die vierzig Räuber, premiered in 1871 and was successful, followed by Karneval in Rom (1873). Die Fledermaus (1874) is considered his masterpiece. His compositions evolved into a style that was purely Viennese, resulting in Der Zigeunerbaron, a fusion of operetta with comic opera. While he attempted to create serious opera, Ritter Pazman was not particularly successful, and Strauss returned to composing operettas. Treffz died in 1878, and Strauss married Angelika Dittrich. After nine years, he separated from her and married Adele Deutsch, though because the Catholic Church would not allow a divorce, he changed his nationality and religion to do so. Strauss died of pneumonia on June 3, 1899, at the age of 73.

Music by Johann Strauss II English libretto by Ruth & Thomas Martin Original libretto by Carl Haffner & Richard Genée Premiere: April 5, 1874, Vienna

Conductor/Chorusmaster Director/Choreographer

Peter Dala Allison Grant

The Cast (in order of vocal appearance)

Prince Orlofsky Alfred Adele Rosalinde Gabriel von Eisenstein Dr. Blind Dr. Falke Frank Ida Frosch

Gerald Thompson Adam Fisher Jacqueline Woodley Betty Waynne Allison Gordon Gietz Aaron Ferguson Peter McGillivray Edward Hanlon Tanya Roberts Julien Arnold

with members of the Edmonton Opera Chorus and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

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Gary Eckhart David Fraser Bobby Smale Leanne Regehr Ha Neul Kim Anna Davidson John Raymond Mona Jiang

English dialogue performance author for Edmonton Opera Michael Patrick Albano, additional material by Stewart Lemoine. Scenery for Die Fledermaus is owned by Fort Worth Opera. Costumes by Malabar, additional costumes by Deanna Finnman. There will be one 20-minute intermission between Acts 1 and 2. The performance is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including intermission. Edmonton Opera is a professional company operating within the jurisdiction of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Edmonton Opera is a member of the Professional Opera Companies of Canada and Opera America. DIE FLEDERMAUS 15

This season we present a production of Die Fledermaus, alas without the stage of imitation ice, but with a vibrant, exciting company of young, mostly Canadian singers. There is a tricky side to Fledermaus. It was written the year after the Vienna stock market crash, in 1874. It was meant as a vehicle of escapism but there is a shadowy underbelly to the piece for all its frothy tunes. It was first and foremost a scathing portrayal of a particular slice of Viennese life. It is rich with social satire.

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Many years ago when I first visited Edmonton Opera, I was an assistant director on Die Fledermaus. It was my first experience on “the other side of the table” where I was part of the creative team, instead of one of the performers. It was the year that Edmonton hosted the World Skating Championships and excitement in town was high. The director of that production, an old friend from my performing days, was the innovative Kelly Robinson. He decided to set the second act in an ice palace. There were young skaters from the Royal Glenora Club swirling around serving drinks to the guests at Orlofsky’s party and Toller Cranston made a surprise visit dressed as a bizarre bat on skates. It made for a lively rehearsal period and the principals were game to perform the entire production on a sheet of glare ice. Mr. Cranston said it was like skating on cardboard, but he enjoyed the novel experience of being in an opera. Always the innovator, Toller Cranston was the artist who paved the way for Elvis Stojko, for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, for Patrick Chan; making skating more than just a sport, but an unparalleled expression of artistic endeavor.


The characters are childish, petulant and downright grasping. Yet, they all have enormous charm and we forgive them these very human traits. Strauss’ music lifts them far beyond the humdrum quality of every day survival. It makes us laugh, sing and thrill with the wild twists of the plot, and of course, go out humming the tunes. “Bitterness must turn to bliss in sweet forgetfulness…” as Alfred and Rosalinde sing to each other in Act 1. There are innumerable dialogue scripts written in the past 130 years for the director to choose from; all of them long, creaky and windy. Luckily we have a new script written with wit and brevity by the excellent Michael Albano; a fine director, teacher and librettist who has presented this version at opera companies across Canada and the United States. This version focuses on the storytelling in a modern and direct fashion. It is a terrific story, and like all good stories it ends with a certain redemption, self knowledge and forgiveness which is much deeper than the “we acted badly because of the Champagne” attitude which Orlofsky presents at the end of the show. As I write this we are in the midst of our first day of rehearsal. The questions that have caused me a few sleepless nights — “Will there be a wonderful chemistry between our Rosalinde and Eisenstein?” “Will it be a fun-loving, energetic company?” “Will the voices be up to this effervescent but challenging score?” — have immediately been put to rest. The rehearsal hall rings with laughter, with gloriously fine voices, with the hysterical jokes of Gordon Gietz and with the glamorous and elegant singing of Betty Waynne Allison and Jacqueline Woodley. In addition to these great singers we highlight the experience and talents of the fine Edmonton Opera Chorus who do double duty in this opera as singers and dancers in the party scenes. Join us, with a glass of Champagne, on the stage of the Jubilee, for an effervescent evening to brighten our long February nights. A glittering entertainment sure to suit everyone’s taste. As Orlofsky sings, “Chacun à son goût!”

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A lyric tenor voice serenades Eisenstein’s wife, Rosalinde, to her annoyance. Adele, the maid, enters reading a letter from her sister Ida, a ballet dancer. Ida’s letter appears to invite Adele to a party at the villa of the young and immensely wealthy Russian Prince Orlofsky. Rosalinde appears, distracted by thoughts of her serenading suitor, while Adele asks for the night off work by inventing a ruse that her aunt is sick. Rosalinde refuses, explaining that her husband Eisenstein must report to jail that evening to serve a brief sentence because he lost his temper with a policeman. Meanwhile, Rosalinde recognizes that her serenader is none other than Alfred, a man who once courted her. She is startled and indignant that he casually waltzes into her home, seemingly oblivious to the fact that she is now married. She shoos him away as quickly as she can, but with an apparent tinge of regret. Eisenstein arrives, deprecating his lawyer, Dr. Blind, who incompetently managed to garner a longer jail sentence for his client. After a heated argument, Blind departs. Eisenstein’s friend Dr. Falke arrives to soothe his nerves and Rosalinde and Adele leave to prepare the evening meal. While they are gone, Falke confidentially explains that Eisenstein needs a bit of fun to forget his legal entanglement, and invites him to the grand soirée thrown by Orlofsky, a patient of Falke, whom he is trying to cure of terminal boredom with life. Falke explains there will be drinking and dancing with plenty of young ladies, and that Eisenstein should bring his famous stopwatch which is a surefire charm with all the women he has ever seduced. Falke even suggests that Eisenstein can begin his jail term — legally — the next morning. When Rosalinde returns, she is puzzled that Eisenstein is cheery and even has dressed in formal attire to serve his jail term. Rosalinde surprises Adele by telling her she can take the evening off after all, and then bids her husband a teary goodbye. With Adele present, the three sing their mock-sorrowful trio of farewell. Since Rosalinde is now alone, Alfred returns, helping himself to the dinner and opening the wine meant for Rosalinde and the nowdeparted Eisenstein. Alfred dons Eisenstein’s house robe, making himself at home. Rosalinde tries to get rid of him, fearing they will be discovered and create a scandal. However, she cannot resist Alfred, and when the jail warden Frank breaks in on them, looking for Eisenstein to haul him off to prison, Rosalinde is forced to pretend that Alfred is her husband, leaving Alfred no choice but to go with the warden, out of a sense of chivalry. As the curtain descends, a letter arrives for Rosalinde, which we assume is her invitation to Orlofsky’s grand party.


Adele meets her sister Ida at the party and is surprised to find out that Ida did not send her the invitation. Orlofsky enters by announcing his boredom with life, wishing only to laugh again. Falke promises that by night’s end, Orlofsky will laugh at the scenario Falke has planned, which he calls “The Revenge of the Bat.” It turns out that Falke was the one who wrote the party invitation to Adele, and he introduces the disguised maid as the actress Olga. Eisenstein now enters, also disguised, and is announced as the Marquis Renard. After Eisenstein embarrasses himself in front of the prince, Orlofsky explains that he will not tolerate boredom or ingratitude from his guests and that he expects them to drink as much as he does, singing his motto “Chacun à son goût.” When Eisenstein recognizes Adele in his wife’s evening gown, she maintains her disguise, and embarrasses and humiliates him with the well-known “Laughing Song,” to the amusement of the guests. Frank arrives under the pseudonym Chevalier Chagrin, and he and Eisenstein (Renard) belie their French disguises by showing that they can barely speak a word of the language to one another at Orlofsky’s introduction. Disguised as an exotic Hungarian countess, Rosalinde appears, and is outraged to see her husband flirting with her maid. Falke introduces Rosalinde to her husband, who fails to recognize his own wife. Pulling out his famed stopwatch, he attempts to seduce her but is thwarted and humiliated yet again when she pockets his watch. The guests challenge her ethnicity, so to show that she is Hungarian, she sings the famous czárdás. When prompted, an over-confident Eisenstein tells the guests the story of how he pranked Falke after a costume party by abandoning him drunk on a park bench while still disguised as Die Fledermaus — a bat. Humiliated, Falke woke early in the morning and staggered back to town amid the jeers of those who saw him, enduring their ridicule while they called him “Dr. Bat.” Orlofsky proposes a toast to Champagne, the king of wines. Eisenstein becomes progressively more drunk and befriends Frank, while Falke urges everyone to get closer while sharing affections. Eisenstein tries to unmask the countess, but when the clock strikes six, he and Frank, unknown to one another, flee the party in a panic and hasten to their appointed time at the jail.

ACT III A jailhouse Frosch the jailer, who is perpetually drunk himself, complains that Alfred won’t stop singing. Frank arrives and falls asleep at his desk. Frosch meanwhile has led in two unexpected guests, Ida and Adele, who think they are seeking Chevalier Chagrin, unaware he is the hungover jail warden Frank. Adele knows she cannot possibly go back to work for Eisenstein, and announces to Frank that she has always wanted to be an actress. When Frank asks if she has any talent, Adele sings of the various roles she could play in a virtuoso display. Eisenstein shows up to serve his jail sentence but is still mistaken as Marquis Renard. Frank shows Adele and Ida to an adjoining room. Eisenstein and Frank admit to each other who they really are. Laughter turns to anger for Eisenstein however, when Frank tells him the story of arresting the man who he thought was the real Eisenstein, and the circumstances of Alfred’s affections with Eisenstein’s wife. Meanwhile, the lawyer Blind has been summoned by Alfred, who is led from his cell by Frosch, but when Eisenstein greets Blind, he hastily changes clothes with him so as to discover his wife’s infidelity. Rosalinde enters next, ostensibly to free Alfred and to concoct an explanation that won’t compromise herself. Eisenstein becomes progressively more outraged as he learns of Alfred’s intimate supper with his wife. Rosalinde defends herself to her disguised husband, tearfully describing his disgraceful behaviour at the party and that she will file for divorce. When Eisenstein sheds his disguise in righteous indignation, Rosalinde pulls out his stopwatch, and he realizes, to his final humiliation, that she was the Hungarian countess, and that he had been trying to seduce his own wife. The party guests step out from hiding along with Falke, hailing the Bat’s Revenge complete, and all sing once again of Champagne’s joys.


PROGRAM NOTES Die Fledermaus johann strauss ii (1825-1899) By the time Die Fledermaus first appeared at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien on April 5, 1874, Johann Strauss II had already been dubbed the Waltz King, and his orchestral music was the toast of Vienna. But a new art form had swept across Europe, led by French composer Offenbach and Austrian von Suppé: the operetta. It’s probably fair to say that, compared to the weightier aims of opera, operetta is really sheer indulgence, with no ambitions beyond pure entertainment. Hence the generally light and often farcical stories, the inclusion of dialogue to bind events together, and the concentration on popular numbers. Hence, too, the desire of such composers as Offenbach (or Sullivan) to also be taken seriously in pure operatic works, such as Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, seen here in Edmonton last season. The best operettas need no such apologies, and it was perhaps natural that a composer who was the master of another musical genre of pure entertainment — the waltz — should turn to a form so popular with Viennese audiences. It was Strauss’ wife, Jetty Treffz, who persuaded him to try his hand at this medium. Indigo und die vierzig Räuber (1871) was well received, but Der Karneval in Rom (1873) was a complete flop. Die Fledermaus then established Strauss’ operetta reputation, thanks to a combination of the wonderful shenanigans of the libretto and the infectiousness of its music. The story had started out in 1851 as a German play, Das Gefängnis by Roderick Benedix. It was then adapted in 1872 as a French farce, Le Reveillon, by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, themselves experienced librettists (for both Bizet and Offenbach) and masters of this kind of idiom. The director of the Theater an der Wien, Max Steiner, who had been instrumental in encouraging Strauss in his operatic efforts, then commissioned the conductor and librettist Richard Genée and the playwright Carl Haffner to turn the French farce into a German libretto. It was this he handed over to Strauss. As befits its origins, the twists and turns of the plot are exceptionally complicated. Almost everyone appears in some disguise or another. Mistaken identities — whether engineered or not — abound, and there are the prototypical characters and


the standard tricks of such farces: the obligatory servant girl, the lawyer, the drunk, and theme of the wronged lover and the subsequent revenge, to name but a few. The events in the prison in Act III are the stuff of which French farces are made, as the main protagonists appear in turn (some of them with assumed identities), characters end up in the wrong cells, and while some of the deceptions and misunderstandings are unraveled, others are niftily explained away. The basic premise, though, is straightforward: the plethora of deceits, benign or otherwise, that allow liaisons, flirtations or simply the thought of such delights. This is epitomized in Act II, when at the ball Eisenstein decides on the conquest of a beautiful masked Hungarian countess. He uses his standard seduction method — his chiming watch — but she, of course, is really his wife, and ends up with the watch; evidence of his infidelity. The trick is that we, the audience, know far more about these deceits than the characters themselves, and it is this knowledge that gives the twists and turns of the plot such piquancy. All this is grist to Strauss’ mill; the very lightness with which these events are treated suits the zest for life that so informs his music. For a waltz king, it is also ideal that the central act is a ball, where the famous waltz that is the principal thematic idea of the operetta can be integrated into the action as a genuine dance. And the waltz has — and certainly had to contemporaries — a feeling of loosened moral restraints, well suited to Vienna’s contemporary ethos and to the flirtatious core of the operetta. Indeed, Wagner called the first Strauss waltzes that he heard (by Johann Strauss I) “a more powerful drug than alcohol,” and the Viennese would probably have agreed. That waltz first appears in the overture, one of the best known in all musical literature. The first three tunes in the overture come from Act III; the waltz follows, succeeded by a reference to Eisenstein’s farewell before going to prison. But the brilliance of the overture and its waltz should not disguise the quality of much of the rest of the music, notably Roselinde’s Hungarian czárdás in Act II (establishing her “Hungarian” credentials), which, as Ernest Newman pointed out, showed what Strauss might have done had he turned to serious opera.

by Mark Morris Die Fledermaus ran for only 16 performances at the Theater an der Wien, not, as is popularly supposed, because it was a failure, but because the theatre had been pre-booked after that. It was then a huge success in Berlin, returned in triumph for a revival in Vienna, and by 1880 it had already played in over 170 German houses. From then on Strauss’ operettas received the international acclaim that had been given to his waltzes. Die Fledermaus reached London in 1876 and the Met in 1905; the Americans have had a predilection for changing its title (including Champagne Sec and Rosalinda), while the French either substituted a new libretto or reverted to the original French names for its characters. It was first filmed as a silent

movie in 1917, and since then has received at least 15 film and TV versions, from the Soviet Union to Australia. It is a measure of the work’s success that it currently sits at no. 11 in Operabase’s most performed operas worldwide, just behind Rigoletto, and just ahead of Aida. Die Fledermaus was perhaps best summed up by the conductor Bruno Walter, in words that could equally apply to the Champagne that is evoked at the very end of the opera. “Beauty without heaviness, levity without vulgarity, gaiety without frivolity, and a strange mixture of exuberant musical richness and popular simplicity.” No wonder the Viennese loved it.

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Conductor/Chorusmaster Peter has worked for the Basel Ballet, Zurich Ballet, the Hungarian State Opera and the National Ballet of Hungary, with performances in Monte Carlo, Germany, Israel, New York, Spain and China. Highlights include performances of Don Giovanni and the ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Singapore and Hong Kong Festival of Arts. As Edmonton Opera’s chorusmaster from 1996 to 2012 and resident conductor from 2001 to 2012, he prepared the chorus for roughly 40 operas and conducted numerous mainstage productions. In 2001 he began his affiliation with Alberta Ballet and was appointed music director in 2005. Upcoming performances include a recital with tenor Benjamin Butterfield for the Edmonton Recital Society and Alberta Ballet’s Giselle.

Allison Grant directed the recent highly acclaimed production of Falstaff at Opera Hamilton. This past season she has choreographed Die Fledermaus (Canadian Opera Company) and Pirates of Penzance (Vancouver Opera). Other directing highlights include Vancouver Opera’s Roméo et Juliette, Die Zauberflöte (Sarasota Opera), Don Giovanni (Opera Hamilton), Semele (Canadian Opera Company), L’italiana in Algeri (L’Opéra de Montréal) and Cosí fan tutte (Vancouver Opera). As a choreographer her work has been seen in The Merry Widow for opera companies in Hawaii, Kentucky and Hamilton, in Don Giovanni, The Queen of Spades, Dido and Aeneas and Eugene Onegin (Canadian Opera Company), and in numerous University Opera productions. At Theatre Athena, where she was artistic director, she directed Master Class, Private Lives and the brilliant play Bach at Leipzig. sponsored by Francis Price & Marguerite Trussler


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Gerald Thompson

Prince Orlofsky | countertenor Gerald Thompson’s engagements include the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, Canadian Opera Company, Pacific Opera Victoria, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Barroca at the Teatro Arriaga Antzokia, Moscow State Philharmonic Society and the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, as well as an upcoming debut with Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Thompson’s repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary with performances of Cavalli’s La Calisto, Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Rodelinda, Flavio, Orlando and Teseo, Mozart’s La Finta Giadiniera, J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, Weisgall’s Esther and Ash’s The Golden Ticket.

Adam Fisher Alfred | tenor

Adam Fisher won glowing reviews for his 2013 debut with Opera Atelier as Pedrillo in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Adam joined the Emerging Artists Program with Calgary Opera in 2010. Adam starred as Tom Rakewell at Music Academy of the West in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Further roles include Tamino in The Magic Flute with Calgary’s Cowtown Opera and Raoul in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne with Toronto Operetta Theatre. Highlights in 2013/14 include Lieutenant Cable in South Pacific with Pacific Opera Victoria and Count Gustav in The Land of Smiles with Toronto Operetta Theatre.

Jacqueline Woodley Adele | soprano

A former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, Jacqueline Woodley recently starred as Milica, the bride, in the world premiere of Svadba – Wedding (Queen of Puddings Music Theatre) during the company’s 2011-13 American, Canadian and European tours. After her success as Papagena in the COC Ensemble production of Die Zauberflöte, she sang Iris in Handel’s Semele. Mainstage roles with the COC include the Page (Rigoletto), the Lace Seller (Death in Venice) and First Priestess (Iphigénie en Tauride) and covering Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Amore (Orfeo ed Euridice). Other operatic highlights include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Lucy (The Telephone) and Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring).

Betty Waynne Allison Rosalinde | soprano

Betty Waynne Allison is an alumna of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble. In addition to leading assignments in Ensemble productions, she has covered and performed mainstage roles including Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Luisa Miller (Luisa Miller), Turnspit (Rusalka), Freia (Das Rheingold), Marguerite (Faust), Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) and Amelia (Simon Boccanegra). She made her French debut in Metz as Alice in Falstaff and created the title role in Mary’s Wedding for its world premiere in Victoria. She made her U.S. debut in Milwaukee as the title role in Susannah. Concert stage performances include Galgenlieder à 3 (Queen of Puddings) and Brahms’ Requiem (Winnipeg Symphony and the Grand Philharmonic Choir).

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Gabriel von Eisenstein | tenor Gordon Gietz created the role of Stingo in Sophie’s Choice (Covent Garden) and for the North American premiere in Washington, DC. He appeared multiple times with Opéra National de Paris and created the character of Yonas in the world premiere of Adriana Mater, a role he reprised at the Barbican for the British premiere. He made his La Scala debut as Chevalier in Dialogues des Carmélites and returned for A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Lysander, his debut role at Glyndebourne and the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Other highlights include Die Nase (Metropolitan Opera), Steva in Jenůfa (Madrid’s Teatro Real), Hoffmann in Marseille and Don José in Carmen (Montréal, Antwerp and Lille).

Aaron Ferguson Dr. Blind | tenor

Recent performances include Goro (Madama Butterfly, Opéra de Québec), Armide (Le Chevalier Danois, Glimmerglass Festival, Royal Opera of Versailles, Opera Atelier), Constable Locke (The Music Man, Royal Opera of Muscat), Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte (Opera Atelier, Opera Columbus, Penn State) and Blind in Die Fledermaus, Basilio/Curzio in Il nozze di Figaro, Nika Magadoff in The Consul, Borsa in Rigoletto, Spoletta in Tosca and Le Doyen in Cendrillon (Opéra de Montréal). Upcoming engagements include Euryale (Persée, Royal Opera of Versailles and Opera Atelier), Petit Jaques (Tailleterre, l’Opera de Limoges) and Basilio (Il nozze di Figaro, Ottawa Lyra).

Peter McGillivray Dr. Falke | baritone

Peter McGillivray was the winner of the 2003 CBC Young Performers Competition and won top prizes at both the Montreal International and the Queen Sonya of Norway singing competitions (2005). He has appeared numerous times with the Canadian Opera Company, as well as performances with orchestras in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Windsor, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Quebec City, Liverpool, Oslo, Duisburg and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Peter joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 2010 for productions of La Bohème and Capriccio. Other recent credits include performances with companies in Calgary, Victoria, Hamilton and Ottawa. With Toronto’s Tapestry New Opera, he starred in the premiere of Omar Daniel’s The Shadow and the 2012 world premiere of Shelter in Edmonton.

Edward Hanlon Frank | bass-baritone

Edward Hanlon is a 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions semi-finalist and Lyric Opera of Chicago Ryan Opera Center finalist. Recent engagements include covering with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, performing with Michigan Opera Theatre, Virginia Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, Toledo Opera and the Siena Music Festival in roles including Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Dick Deadeye (H.M.S. Pinafore), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Don Alhambra (The Gondoliers), Sid (La fanciulla del West), Count Ceprano (Rigoletto) and Pish-Tush (The Mikado). An alumnus of several young artist programs, Edward has performed with Des Moines Metro Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, Ash Lawn Opera, Chautauqua Opera and Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. Edward has upcoming engagements with the Lincoln Center Theater, Toledo Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Opera Theatre St. Louis.

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Tanya Roberts has performed over 30 opera and musical theatre roles in professional and academic arenas throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. She recently made her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a principal artist in the Very Special Promenades Concert Series and as the Soprano I cover in Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Recent highlights include Anna in The King & I and Gianetta in The Gondoliers (Ohio Light Opera Company), Gianetta in The Gondoliers (Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company), Coffee Cantata and Faure’s Requiem (Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra), Vivaldi’s Gloria (Northeastern Illinois University) and Lucy in The Billy Goats Gruff (Motor City Lyric Opera). Tanya is in residence with the Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus.

This is Julien’s debut with the Edmonton Opera. He has been acting, directing and teaching in Edmonton for approximately the last 24 years. His recent acting credits include A Christmas Carol, Spamalot, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Beauty and the Beast and The Wizard of Oz (Citadel Theatre), King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (River City Shakespeare Festival), Angels on Horseback, The Ambassador’s Wives, Mother of the Year and Happy Toes (Teatro la Quindicina), and the titular role in A Picasso at last year’s Edmonton Fringe Festival. Julien is a graduate of the BFA acting program at the University of Alberta. He is also the Atlas Theatre founder at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Strathcona.

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Previous designs with the Edmonton Opera include Aida, Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci and Otello. As a Calgary-based artist, David works extensively across the country in theatre, dance and opera. His theatrical designs have been seen from the National Arts Centre in Ontario to the Vancouver Opera in British Columbia, while his designs in dance have been seen both nationally and internationally with choreographers Tania Alvarado and Pam Tzeng. He has been nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award, two Betty Mitchell Awards, and 10 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, and he has been the recipient twice for his designs.

Bobby Smale Sound Designer

Edmontonian Bobby Smale primarily works as a lighting and sound designer, but is also known as a production manager and technical director for theatre, live events and festivals. Selected credits include set and lighting design for Free Man on the Land (Azimuth Theatre), lighting design for Victor and Victoria’s Terrifying Tale of Terrible Things (Kill You Telelvision), sound design for The Mikado (Edmonton Opera), sound and media design for The Blue Light (Keyano Theatre), set and lighting design for A Grand Time at the Rapids and set design for The Scent of Compulsion (Teatro La Quindicina), and lighting and projection design for New Year’s Man of Steel and sound design for Love Song (Shadow Theatre).

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Leanne Regehr is currently based in Edmonton where she serves on the faculties of the University of Alberta and The King’s University College. She has performed in music centres across North America, most recently as the soloist in a live recording of Victor Davies’ Mennonite Piano Concerto with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Leanne has worked as a repetiteur with Shreveport Opera, Mercury Opera and Edmonton Opera. Her dedication to the development of young singers has been recognized through her work as a faculty member with Opera NUOVA, a staff pianist for Sherrill Milnes’ VOICExperience Program in Florida, as well as a Coaching Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. She is a soloist, vocal coach, recital partner, and adjudicator, as well as the accompanist for the Richard Eaton Singers.

Ha Neul Kim Stage Manager

The 2013/14 season is Ha Neul Kim’s 12th season with Edmonton Opera. A graduate from the University of Alberta with her BFA degree in technical theatre production specializing in stage management, she has been the Edmonton Opera’s stage manager since 2007. She has been the assistant stage manager for many past Edmonton Opera and Manitoba Opera productions, as well as stage managing for the main stage during the Queen’s royal visit, field stage for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2005 World Masters Games and has worked in theatres across Canada. Previously, she taught opera stage management at the University of Alberta.


Assistant Stage Manager Anna is excited to be working at the opera again! Previous Edmonton Opera credits include Salome, The Mikado, The Barber of Barrhead, Carmen and Eugene Onegin. In November 2012, she was the assistant stage manager for the Edmonton Opera’s co-production of Shelter with Tapestry New Opera. She has also worked as a stage manager for the Citadel Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, Shadow Theatre, Workshop West, Theatre Network, Concrete Theatre and L’Uni Theatre. Anna is a graduate of the theatre production program at MacEwan and the theatre performance program at Red Deer College.

John Raymond

Assistant Stage Manager John is thrilled to be working with Edmonton Opera. He has led the BFA stage management program at the U of A since 2004 and has stage managed all the first productions of Catalyst Theatre since 2006: Frankenstein, Nevermore, Hunchback, The Soul Collector and most recently the first staged workshop production of Vigilante at Keyano College. John has worked for many other prominent Canadian theatre companies including the Citadel Theatre, Canadian Stage, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Centaur Theatre and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He was the Citadel Theatre’s director of production from 1998 to 2004.


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Through one of Edmonton’s most important fundraising events, the Edmonton Opera and the CapitalCare Foundation are able to share the healing power of music, at the annual Valentine’s Gala. The Edmonton Opera Chorus’ repertoire spans not only operatic works, but they have another specialty up their sleeves: heartwarming wartime classics of hope and inspiration. That knowledge comes in handy when chorus members perform at the CapitalCare continuing care facilities in Edmonton — it not only brings smiles to many of the residents’ faces, but plenty of the residents (and even those with memory loss) still remember all the words. It’s a moment that is often recorded and shared during the Valentine’s Gala, of which both the Edmonton Opera and the CapitalCare Foundation are beneficiaries.

and the CapitalCare Foundation would like to sincerely thank Irving and Dianne for hosting this important fundraising event. Their dedication is also demonstrated in the details — planning for the event starts in August, to ensure every aspect from the stage set to the place settings is addressed. On Valentine’s Day, guests have an opportunity to mingle, enjoying drinks and an elegant dinner while experiencing the work of two great organizations through the soul-healing power of music.

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hen you include Edmonton Opera in your estate plans, you provide a foundation for great opera in Edmonton to future generations. If you wish to know more about giving to the opera, you are welcome to contact Mickey Melnyk, Stewardship Officer, at 780.392.8719. Shelly K. Chamaschuk is a partner with the law firm of Reynolds Mirth Richards and Farmer LLP who practises in the area of estate planning. Shelly can be reached at or 780.497.3364.



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The Edmonton Opera is the grateful recipient of a generous gift from the Rob Hood Fund. Mr. Hood’s direction was that these legacy funds be used to attract operatic singers of the highest calibre. The first gift from the Rob Hood Fund was an award to Metropolitan Opera stars Angela Brown and Carl Tanner, who were two of the lead singers in Aida. Our second gift will be committed to renowned soprano Anne Sophie Duprels who will appear in the lead role of Madama Butterfly in April 2014. Butterfly was the first opera ever performed by Edmonton Opera in 1963 and part of its inaugural season, so this will be a most apt acknowledgement of the company’s legacy in its 50th anniversary season. Dr. Irving Guttman, artistic director emeritus of the Edmonton Opera, shares his memories of Mr. Hood.

“I first met Robert when he joined our chorus in 1965. Two things were clear between us, we both loved opera and while he was serious and dedicated about his singing, we agreed that it was important to pursue one’s passions but not necessarily aspire to singing on the Met stage. He contributed to Edmonton Opera as both a board and guild member. That said, I believe his work in our chorus was seminal to his fine appreciation of the power and presence of the human voice. With his personal experience as a bass, his respect grew for the voices of the operatic greats of the time. He liked to call it ‘fine singing!’ “Rob was very principled in his belief that there were certain ways to do things, which extended to being a rather private person, to dressing properly and to being immensely loyal to his friends and colleagues. “Aside from his avocation, Rob was well placed in his work with the Alberta government’s culture portfolio. He was always committed to high standards, personally and professionally, and I am certain those were valued qualities in his work, thus making him known and respected in the arts community in the province and beyond.”


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Natasha Da Fonseca Tara Faria Camille Holland Jill Hoogewoonink Betty Kolodziej Christina O’Dell Kailee Phillips Kirstin Piehl Glynis Price

Seang Youn Choi Linda Farrah-Basford Krista-Marie Lessard Patrece Maluzynsky Ann Parry Cristina Weiheimer Laura Winton Karen Zabinski

Adam Arnold Garreth Borgstrom Taylor Fawcett Mathew Glenn Tom Hall Robert Rock Daniel Rowley

John Adria Derek Beaton Ivan Fedyna Hans Forbrich Andrew Hladyshevsky Nick Horobec Greg Maluzynsky Andrae Marchak Francis Price John Yun

SUPERNUMERARIES Adam Clarke Adrian Howard Howard Kowalchuk David Sykes

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Robert Uchida Eric Buchmann Virginie Gagné Broderyck Olson Richard Caldwell Joanna Ciapka-Sangster Alissa Cheung Anna Kozak Aiyana Anderson-Howatt Neda Yamach

Stefan Jungkind Charles Pilon Clayton Leung Jeannette Comeau Mikiko Kohjitani Andrew Bacon

Elizabeth Faulkner Shelley Younge

John McPherson Kathryn Macintosh


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Allene Hackleman Megan Evans Gerald Onciul Donald Plumb

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HELPING YOUR BUSINESS HIT THE RIGHT NOTE EVERY TIME. The business world is a lot like an opera, with drama, intrigue and suspense held in a mysterious balance. To find out what happens next, contact one of MNP’s business advisors. Our professionals provide clear, straightforward business advice tailored to you and your operation. To find out how MNP can help you, contact James Gillespie, CA at 780.453.5380. MNP. Proudly supporting the Edmonton Opera 2013 / 2014 season.

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Richard Cook, Chair Francis Price, Vice Chair Ken Keenleyside, Treasurer Irv Kipnes, Past Chair Robert Bessette John Cameron Mary Clonfero

Craig Corbett Bertrand Malo Ashif Mawji

Melanie Nakatsui Bernie Robitaille Robert Rock

Katie Soles Stella Varvis

Irving Guttman, Director Emeritus

edmonton opera staff Executive Tim Yakimec, General Manager

Finance Debra King, Interim CFO Serene Yau, Senior Bookkeeper

Community Relations Jelena Bojic, Director of Community Relations & Assistant General Manager Rebecca Anderson, Development & Outreach Coordinator Jennifer Hinnell, Grants Officer Cameron MacRae, Creative Manager Mickey Melnyk, Stewardship Officer Catherine Szabo, Communications Coordinator

Box Office Tara-Lee LaRose, Box Office Manager Tonya Rae Chrystian, Box Office Supervisor

Artistic Administration Ha Neul Kim, Company Manager & Stage Manager

Production and technical Clayton Rodney, Production & Technical Director Greg Brown, Head Scenic Carpenter & Shop Supervisor Deanna Finnman, Head of Wardrobe & Resident Wardrobe Designer Chantel Fortin, Head of Properties & Scenic Art Kathy Cooper, Assistant Head Scenic Carpenter

Judith Darough, Cutter Brenda Inglis, Wardrobe, First Assistant Michelle Warren, Wardrobe First Stitcher Catherine Bamsey, Wardrobe Tailor Kathleen Mulder, Wardrobe Dyer Julie Davie, Wardrobe Stitcher Kayla Fulton, Wardrobe Stitcher Kathryn Neuman, Wardrobe Stitcher Danine Regenwetter, Wardrobe Stitcher Genevieve Savard, Wardrobe Stitcher Ava Siemens, Wardrobe Stitcher

Production and technical Stage Crew Danine Regenwetter, Head Wardrobe Dresser Kathryn Neuman, Wardrobe Dresser Michael Devanney, Head of Wigs & Hair Judy Morley, Wigs & Hair Cathy Nicoll, Head of Make-up Noreen Jani, Assistant Head Make-up Chantel Fortin, Head Properties Katie Hartfeil, Assistant Head Properties Geoff Bacchus, Head Stage Carpenter Greg Brown, Assistant Head Stage Carpenter Al Kliss, Head Fly Alison Hardy, Head Electrician Joseph Race, Assistant Head Electrician Robert Smale, Head Audio Jacquie Dawkins, Supertitle Cuer

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Feb. 14, 2014 The annual Valentine’s Gala supports both the CapitalCare Foundation and the Edmonton Opera. March 12, 2014 Complimentary screening of Memoirs of a Geisha, as part of the EO Film Series at the Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre. Starts at 7 p.m. March 19, 2014 Understand the context of Madama Butterfly with an informative, complimentary discussion at Opera 101, 7 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Alberta. March 23, 2014 Enjoy great food at the Edmonton Petroleum Club, followed by intimate recitals by the artists of Madama Butterfly during Opera Brunch. March 24, 2014 The Edmonton Opera and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra present No Tenors Allowed, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Winspear Centre. This performance features baritones Gordon Bintner, Elliot Madore and Philippe Sly, the EO Chorus and the ESO. Tickets available through April 3, 2014 The education dress rehearsal allows students to experience opera firsthand. This rehearsal starts at 7 p.m., and teachers can contact to arrange tickets. April 5, 8 & 10, 2014 The Edmonton Opera presents Madama Butterfly, the same opera that opened the first season 50 years ago. June 12, 2014 The 2014 PCL Golf Classic will be held on June 12 at the Glendale Golf and Country Club. June 20, 2014

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Edmonton Opera Intermezzo Die Fledermaus  
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The winter 2014 program for the Edmonton Opera for performances of Die Fledermaus