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It’s become a tradition. I’m writing these words to you during the long leg of the flight between Buenos Aires and Edmonton: it was a bit of a kick in the pants to travel all that way, only to have the Falstaff at Teatro Colon cancelled due to some union strike. Ah well, a wildly entertaining – and very Spanish – production of Sweeney Todd gave me my culture fix in the two weeks of discovering Argentina. I know we’re already a month into it, but… Happy New Year! Cockeyed optimism demands that this is going to be a great year for everyone, and here’s hoping that art and music and theatre and culture and OPERA thrive in 2011, and that we begin to see regrowth, rebirth and restoration in the aftermath of recession. The Queen famously had her “annus horribilus”, and so far, for Edmonton Opera, 2011 promises to be our “annus extremelus busylus”: clearly, Latin was never offered in Lacombe! What follows is just an iceberg tip of our goings-on in the first six months of the coming year.

• We’re still getting countless hits on our website for the Christmas Flash mob at City Centre. At the time of printing we’re already at 25,000 hits. Check us out on YouTube!

• You’re here tonight for Mike Cavanagh’s wacky and wild updating of Abduction from the Seraglio. “Too many notes” indeed. Opera: shaken, not stirred.

• The production of Nicholas Nickleby that I’m directing is just about to open at Studio Theatre (February 10-19). Get over to the Timms next week and celebrate the talent coming out of the UofA Drama department.

• The gala to end all galas, the Edmonton Opera and CapitalCare Valentine’s event takes place at the Shaw Conference Centre on – when else? – February 14th. Hurry, phone our offices right away to beg for one of the few remaining tickets.

• Things are cooking along for The Barber of Barrhead, our one-hour, family-

friendly collaboration with Fringe Theatre Adventures, taking place in the TransAlta Arts Barns at the end of the month. Some shows are already sold out!

• Rehearsals are well underway for Lend me a Tenor, the one-performance only Edmonton Opera/Players de Novo fundraiser for Edmonton Opera and Victoria School on May 13th. Can I just say… as director, I don’t know when I last laughed so much in rehearsal! Lawyers in bras and panties… do not miss this event, and support two great Edmonton arts organizations at the same time. • Yannick-Muriel Noah, Robert Breault and Edmonton’s own Nathan Berg will be here soon for the start of Tosca: I can’t wait to hear these three in Puccini’s masterpiece.

• The Berlin with Brian planning for May 15-22nd just gets more and more interesting, and hey, there are still a few places available. Give us a call.

• And, with our fantastic Acting CEO Patti Pon and Board Chair Joanne Beaton moving

things along, there’s a golf tournament coming up (June 9th), a return to the Devonian Gardens for Opera al Fresco (June 24th) and as important as anything…

We’re announcing our 2011-12 season for all of you tonight! Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci ! The Mikado !! Fidelio ! ! ! Just the names for now, but so much more to come from all of us in the “extremelus busylus” world of Edmonton Opera. We welcome the new year, with a commitment to unleashing the power of opera!

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In Edmonton, perhaps more than in any other city, we know how important it is to “live local” – supporting our community and economy, attending cultural events and generally, being a consumer of anything and everything locally produced. It is something I feel strongly about and I know you do too. Local arts organizations give our city depth, character and most importantly vibrancy and zest. Without them we would not be able to attract and retain the talent and business investments we need to continue to grow and prosper. That is why it is such an honour and a pleasure for me to serve on the Board of the Edmonton Opera, an organization that for 47 years has played such a prominent role in the Edmonton arts community and that has helped to create and define the fabric of our community. It’s a great pleasure to see both new faces and old here at the Opera. While you enjoy this exceptional performance and hopefully indulge in a “shaken not stirred” martini, allow me to say, Thank You – after all, it is your patronage and commitment to “living local” that is the key to sustaining and growing our Edmonton arts community for today and for generations to come. Joanne Beaton

Welcome to Edmonton Opera and our 189th production – Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio. As a lifelong Albertan, I am very proud to be working with one of the Province’s flagship arts companies and experiencing firsthand the strength, passion and commitment of our people and the tremendous art they produce for our city. No one does it better than Edmonton Opera and I am so pleased that you have joined us for this evening’s performance. In our 47th season, we are a local independent enterprise committed to “Unleashing the Power of Opera” through providing wonderful operatic experiences for you, our community. While we feature dozens of national and international artists to the Edmonton Opera stage, they are complemented by an additional 300 artists, craftspeople, administrators, venue staff and volunteers from Edmonton to create what we do for every single performance. As we build towards our 50th anniversary season in 2013/14 look for us in the community at events as we Live/LIVE Local…most especially consider joining us for our 48th season. Look for the program insert announcing next season with full glorious details to come... In the meantime, on behalf of everyone here at Edmonton Opera, we wish you all the best for 2011 and look forward to seeing you again soon, not only here at the Jube but throughout the City. Cheers Patti the abduction from the seraglio 5

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than in any other city, we know how important it is to “live local” – supporting our community and economy, attending cultural events and generally, being a consumer of anything and everything locally produced.”

Dr. Diane Kipnes, Past Chair, Chair (Gala) Clinical Psychologist, private practice

“Edmonton is the most

volunteer oriented community in Canada. People are willing to help in so many areas - the arts, sports, medicine. As I write this, the Grey Cup is going on and the exuberance and hospitality of Edmonton is palpable. Our reputation as a cold city is a total misnomer.”

Kyle Murray,

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“There is great creative energy in Edmonton that fuels an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in the arts, business and government. It is a young and growing city full of challenge and potential. But most importantly, and despite the cold weather, it is a warm and welcoming community that just feels like home.”

Hilary Rose,

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Alex Meisen,

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North, imparts a sense of adventure and mystery to the City of Edmonton. Both spur creativity that is reflected in the culture and lives of Edmontonians.”

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board of directors 2010-11 Katherine Braun,

Executive Director, Alberta Department of Energy

“I find Edmonton a great city for the arts. I have lived elsewhere and always marvel at how much Edmonton has to offer by way of cultural and artistic events. I am an avid opera fan but also value the symphony, live theatre, and various summer events such as the Fringe and Heritage Days. Edmonton is a very welcoming city for the arts and the wide variety of different venues allows Edmonton residents to participate in new and different experiences that broaden their cultural awareness.”

Julie Conlin,

Director, Real Estate Services TELUS Communications

“As a relatively recent

transplant to Edmonton from Vancouver, I am delighted by the passion the capital region demonstrates through volunteerism, patronage and financial support for our arts and entertainment culture. Edmonton is a truly wonderful place to live and it’s a pleasure to live in a city committed to community involvement in spite of it’s significant growth.”

Laura Fitzgerald,

President, Laura Fitzgerald Consulting

“Edmonton is my home.

My family and friends are here. I love the closeness of the city.”

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Brian Hetherington,

President, Brian Hetherington & Associates

“Having lived in major cities

on both sides of the Atlantic, I moved to Edmonton with a belief that I would remain a maximum of five years before moving on. That was more than 35 years ago. I now can’t envision living anywhere else, thanks largely to the wonderful arts activities and the feeling of involvement, which has been developed by serving on the boards of the city’s three major performing arts companies.

Jeffrey Jansen,

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“I love Edmonton because of the sense of community and that we are blessed with so many world class medical, educational and cultural institutions. Being of European heritage, I am amazed how cosmopolitan we can be. While, as a city, we do not have the history of many European cities, we still have a sense of heritage, and pride in our accomplishments.”

Mary LeMessurier “I moved here in 1971 from

Montreal and instantly fell in love with a smaller community. Everything was growing, and the arts scene was going through its expansion. It is now so great and versatile, and I love that I was able to see this great accomplishment, and to directly participate in the process.”


What is it about Edmonton that makes you about living here and calling it home?

Bertrand Malo, Crown Prosecutor, Alberta Justice

“Coming from another

province, it was a revelation for me to discover Edmonton with its scenic river valley and its flourishing music, art, festivals and sport communities. I was immediately captivated by the friendliness of its vibrant population. Edmonton made it easy for me to feel at home and welcomed. I love this city.”

Lynn Mandel “We are blessed in Edmonton to have many opportunities because of a robust and progressive economy, but it is our cultural diversity and our vibrant arts community that makes life here fulfilling.”

Reza Mostashari,

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“It’s the people in Edmonton;

competent, kind, unassuming and friendly. I have lived here now for about 15 years, attended university, and started my business about 9 years ago. It will be difficult to replicate the relationships I have with people here, both personal and professional, in another place. Edmonton has been great to me.”

Robert Rock,

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“I like Edmonton’s tradition

of welcoming the world and its can-do attitude. I like that Edmontonians give countless volunteer hours devoted to supporting health, education and environmental issues, as well as arts, culture and sport related activities – all of which make the city a better place to live and work. Edmonton is a vibrant dignified city with heart.”

Katie Soles,

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“A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. Edmonton has an abundance of soul and impassioned people who call it home.”

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Francis Price and Marguerite Trussler This production of Abduction from the Seraglio is sponsored by two of

Edmonton Opera’s dedicated patrons, Francis Price and Marguerite Trussler. Their contribution to the Arts goes back more than 35 years, to 1974 – the year they began their life together here in Edmonton.

Marguerite, who was born and raised in Edmonton and Calgary, met Francis in Australia. Together they returned to Edmonton on New Year’s Eve 1973. Despite being greeted by snow that reached the rooftops and -35°C temperatures, they weren’t deterred. For Marguerite this was home, and for Francis it was a place with which he instantly connected. Three weeks after arriving, the couple received tickets to La Traviata starring José Carreras, who made his North American debut here in Edmonton. Francis and Marguerite have been Opera patrons ever since. Marguerite began her involvement with Edmonton Opera as a board member in 1975, and has been recognized for her active involvement and dedication over the years. Francis started singing in the Opera’s chorus in 1988, and since then, has appeared in over thirty productions. His presence in the chorus – in productions, on television or in Edmonton Opera flash mobs – continues. In 2006-8 he was Chair of the Opera Board. Through Marguerite’s and Francis’ combined efforts, many people have been introduced to the world of Opera. The couple give tickets as gifts, extend personal invitations to friends and acquaintances, and promote Opera throughout our city. They also support the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Opera NUOVA, the Citadel Theatre, the Players de Novo and the Victoria School of the Arts, where Marguerite founded the Victoria School Foundation for the Arts and helped raise an endowment fund to provide scholarships for aspiring young artists. Francis and Marguerite open their home to international artists and host dinner parties and recitals to attract new donors and sponsorships to Edmonton Opera. They have also been instrumental in the success of the Edmonton Opera Endowment Fund, which has raised over $2.5 million, providing Edmonton Opera with long-term tools to do exceptional work. When you ask Francis what it is about Opera that captivates him, he says “Opera is the most complete form of theatre: acting, singing, movement – it is all there. On a cold night, after work, there is nothing better than escaping to the South Pacific, the middle of Italy, or ancient Egypt – in a way that is much bigger than regular life – you have to try it! Opera shapes our community, and having this amazing art form in our city is invaluable.” Edmonton Opera thanks Sir Francis Price and Hon. Marguerite Trussler for their constant support and dedication. Their passion and involvement truly shape the Arts scene in our community, making Edmonton an exceptional place to live.

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- Sir Francis Price

Edmonton Opera presents

the Abduction from the Seraglio February 5, 8 and 10, 2011 Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto by Gottlieb Stephanie the Younger Adapted from an original libretto by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner Premiere performance: Burgtheater, Vienna, July 16, 1782 Conductor Peter Dala Director Michael Cavanagh The Cast (in order of vocal appearance)

Belmonte Osmin Pedrillo Pasha Selim Konstanze Blonde

Colin Ainsworth Dean Elzinga Lawrence Wiliford David McNally Charlotte Corwin Carla Huhtanen

with the Edmonton Opera Chorus and The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Set design Costumes designed by Lighting designed by Sound Designer Chorus Director Repetiteur Stage Manager Assistant Stage Managers Apprentice Stage Managers

Original production designed by Dipu Gupta and adapted by Edmonton Opera for this production Malabar Harry Frehner Robert Smale Peter Dala Leanne Regehr Ha Neul Kim Gina Moe and Holly Clark Amy DeFelice and Maddie Pauling

Michael Cavanagh Katrina Beatty, Loud Whisper Productions

Projected Titles by Video segments filmed and edited by

This is a two act opera. There will be a 20 minute intermission after Act One. This performance is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes in duration, 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. the abduction from the seraglio 11

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791 Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, at that time an autonomous city-state with a Prince-Archbishop who provided both temporal and spiritual leadership. Mozart’s father, Leopold, was a musician and composer in the Prince-Archbishop’s court. Leopold provided Mozart’s only formal teaching in music, and quickly recognized his son’s prodigious gifts for learning and for music when the boy taught himself how to play the violin before turning seven years old. Leopold seized upon the remarkable musical abilities of the boy and his elder sister, Maria Anna, and supplemented his meager courtly income by touring with his children and displaying their talents before the nobility of Europe. In all, Mozart, spent about a quarter of all his days on the road, traveling throughout Europe, from London and Paris to Germany, Austria, and Italy. His ability to play complex compositions from memory, to play blindfolded, and ultimately to compose made him the stuff of legend, the archetypal child prodigy. In his travels, Mozart also encountered a wide variety of composers and compositional styles. The compositional output of his youth and adolescence reflects this dizzying array of influences, with locally popular compositional styles mimicked, then incorporated into his own evolving style. Leopold insisted that his son make a living in a stable, corporate-like position in a nobleman’s court; the unstable life of the freelance musician was much less solidly established at this time. However, no noblemen were willing to engage a teenage boy as a court musician, prodigy or no prodigy. As a result, Mozart spent his late adolescence and early twenties in the employ of the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg. Throughout this period he sought posts elsewhere, and the world traveler chafed at the musical limitations of provincial Salzburg. He also resented his father’s attempts to thwart any romantic relationships and keep him earning money to support the entire family. Things came to a head in 1781, when the 25-year-old Mozart had a public clash with the PrinceArchbishop, and resigned his post against his father’s wishes. Mozart broke with the Archbishop and moved to Vienna, the imperial capital and a major cultural center, working as a freelance composer and musician, though continually seeking a formal appointment at an aristocratic court. Mozart broke with his father the next year when he married Constanze Weber, a singer from a family of impoverished musicians, against Leopold’s wishes. Mozart quickly ingratiated himself with the music connosieurs among the nobility. He spent the next nine years of his life working as a teacher, pianist, concert promoter, and composer of some of the most sublime music in the history of Western art music. He was beginning to establish himself with the aristocracy and public alike when he suddenly died, on December 5, 1791, at the age of 35, from an unknown febrile illness. the abduction from the seraglio 13



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ACT I. Federal agent Belmonte, seeking to rescue his beloved (and colleague) Konstanze, arrives at the desert compound of a middle eastern megalomaniac, the Pasha Selim. Konstanze had been captured by the Pasha, along with her trusty fellow agent Blonde, while they were trying to uncover his plans for world domination. Osmin, the Pasha’s head of security, encounters Belmonte outside the gates of the compound and ignores his attempts at ingratiation. Belmonte tries to obtain news of his junior officer, Pedrillo, who has already infiltrated the Pasha’s compound disguised as a gardener. Osmin replies with insults and abuse and Belmonte is driven away. Pedrillo enters and Osmin rages at him, too, vowing to have him tortured and killed in many different ways. Osmin finally leaves, allowing Belmonte to reconnect with Pedrillo. Together they resolve to effect the rescue of their two lovers. They are interrupted by a chorus of acolytes and employees of the Pasha Selim, singing praises to him as he parades through his grounds along with his captives. The Pasha appeals to Konstanze, for whose love he strives in vain. After she rejects him yet again, Pedrillo interrupts the Pasha’s wistful pining by introducing Belmonte as his new court-appointed torturer. Osmin, ever suspicious, tries to refuse them access to the palace, but he and Pedrillo enter anyway. Meanwhile, within the compound, Blonde ruminates on the wooing techniques of the locals. Later she repulses the rough seduction attempts of Osmin by a combination of guile and violence. Blonde later finds Konstanze in distress, learning that the Pasha Selim’s demands for love include threats to use force. When Konstanze has gone, Pedrillo comes to Blonde, his sweetheart, and informs her that Belmonte is near and that all is ready for flight. Blonde is filled with joy. Pedrillo connives to get Osmin drunk, after lacing a bottle of wine with camel tranquilizer. When Osmin has passed out, the two couples reunite. Belmonte and Pedrillo both question anxiously whether their respective fiancées have remained faithful during their forced separation; to their delight the women respond with indignation and dismay. Just as the men’s suspicions are allayed and offensive questions forgiven, the two couples are separated once more by the Pasha’s mercenaries.

ACT II. Belmonte and Pedrillo come to the garden with disguises and equipment designed to effect the women’s escape. Belmonte succeeds in abducting Konstanze, but when Pedrillo is about to escape with Blonde, they are seen by Osmin, who rouses the guard. The chase is on, resulting in the recapture of both couples. Belmonte pleads for their lives and reveals their real identities to the Pasha. Rather than capitulating, the Pasha rejoices in the opportunity to dish out punishment to agents of his sworn enemy, the federal government. He leaves Belmonte and Konstanze to ponder their fate, but when he returns, he decides he can make a better point by releasing them all. All are set at liberty and rejoice, singing the Pasha’s praises — much to the dismay of Osmin. – courtesy of Michael Cavanagh the abduction from the seraglio 15

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COLIN AINSWORTH, Belmonte Commended by the Globe and Mail for his “rock-solid technique, excellent diction and a virile tone”, Canadian tenor Colin Ainsworth has performed around the world with such opera companies as the Royal Opera House, Greek National Opera, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera Atelier, Edinburgh Festival, Opera Français de New York, Pacific Opera, Calgary Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. A frequent performer with Edmonton Opera, he has sung Nadir (Les Pecheurs de Perles), Tonio (La Fille du Regiment), Ralph Rackstraw (H.M.S. PINAFORE) and Fenton (Falstaff). Other roles include Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Laurie (Little Women), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), and Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress). He has also been featured on seven CD recordings, an opera DVD and been twice nominated for a Dora Award and a Juno. Mr. Ainsworth’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Barbara Poole

DEAN ELZINGA, Osmin Bass-baritone Dean Elzinga has appeared in featured roles at Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera and has taken leading roles with major opera companies across the USA, Canada, and in Europe and has garnered praise in a wide repertoire from Bach to Wagner. A champion of new music, Dean has earned international notice in Peter Maxwell Davies’ challenging Eight Songs for a Mad King (New York City, Cleveland, East Hampton, and Santa Monica), performed the central role in Schoenberg’s Die glückliche Hand at the Bard Festival, and starred in Elliott Carter’s What next? at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and RAI Torino (also commercially available on ECM Records). A frequent artist with Edmonton Opera, he last performed in Edmonton as Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Mr. Elzinga’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Ed Wiebe and Marcia Johnson

LAWRENCE WILIFORD, Pedrillo Lauded for his luminous projection, lyrical sensitivity, and brilliant coloratura, Canadian tenor Lawrence Wiliford is in high demand in concert, opera, and recital repertoire ranging from works by Monteverdi to contemporary composers. He has been recognized in particular for his interpretation of Bach and other composers of the Baroque period. His recent opera work includes productions of Handel’s Acis & Galatea, Rameau’s Pygmalion, Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem serail and Così fan tutte, and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has recorded on the ATMA Classique & NAXOS labels and released his first solo recording Divine Musick: The Late Works for Tenor and Harp by Benjamin Britten in September 2010. He debuted with Edmonton Opera last season as Frederic in Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic gem The Pirates of Penzance. Mr.Wiliford’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by The Solera Foundation

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DAVID McNALLY, Pasha Selim David is enthusiastic to return to the Edmonton Opera, last appearing in South Pacific. David most recently was in this city’s Festival Of Ideas developing a new play written by award-winning author Myrna Kostash. David’s selected theatre credits include Misery and True West for Theatre Network, Anna in the Tropics for The Centaur Theatre, The Goat for ATP, and Death of a Salesman with Theatre Calgary. Select television and film credits include For the Love of a Child, Blood Ties, and guest starring roles in Stargate SG1 and The Outer Limits, as well as a leading role in the Gemini winning mini-series The Englishman’s Boy. David is grateful to the staff and students of Lillian Osborne for this time away from his role as a drama teacher. Mr. McNally’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Marguerite Trussler

CHARLOTTE CORWIN, Konstanze Lyric soprano Charlotte Corwin is one of Canada’s most exciting young singers, quickly establishing herself as an accomplished performer of both opera and concert repertoire. The winner of the Joseph Rouleau Award in the 2009 Montreal International Music Competition, Miss Corwin was a member of the elite Atelier Lyrique de L’Opéra de Montréal from 2005 to 2008 and in 2007 debuted as Juliette in Romeo et Juliette with L’Opera de Quebec. Recent highlights for Charlotte include Belinda in Opera Erratica’s innovative production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Cleopatra with Opera In Concert (Handel’s Giulio Cesare), Gilda in Opera York’s Rigoletto, and her debut as Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) with Pacific Opera Victoria. Charlotte looks forward to her debut as Konstanze with Edmonton Opera.
 Ms. Corwin’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Francis Price

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CARLA HUHTANEN, Blonde Carla launched her career at Teatro La Fenice (Venice) in Gershwin’s Lady, Be Good! and Cherubini’s Anacréon in 2000-01. She sang Angelica (Orlando) and the title role in Purcell’s Fairy Queen in Marseille, Aix, Toulon, Avignon and Chartres. Carla debuted in the U.K. at Garsington Opera as Lisetta in La Gazzetta, and Serpetta in La Finta Giardiniera. Other European highlights include Candide with the BBC Concert Orchestra and a concert tour of the U.K./Germany with the Welsh National Opera and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. One of Now! Magazine’s Top Ten Theatre Artists of 2008 and a 2010 Dora Award nominee, she performs with Opera Atelier (Susanna, Blonde, Drusilla, Minerva) and Tapestry New Opera (The Shadow, Opera to Go) in Toronto. Much in demand as an interpreter of contemporary music, she has sung concerts featuring the works of Crumb, Salonen, Saariaho, Leroux, and Scelsi. This is her Edmonton Opera debut. Ms. Huhtanen’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Frederic and Alma Gojmerac

PETER DALA, Conductor and Chorus Master Edmonton Opera’s resident conductor and chorus master, Peter worked with the Basel Ballet and Zurich Ballet in Switzerland, the Hungarian State Opera and the National Ballet of Hungary, with performances in Monte Carlo, Israel, New York, Spain and China. Highlights include Don Giovanni and the ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Singapore and the Hong Kong Festival of Arts. Peter has also conducted for Alberta Ballet since 2001, and has been their Music Director since 2005.
 Mr. Dala’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Irv and Dianne Kipnes

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MICHAEL CAVANAGH, Stage Director Michael Cavanagh is one of Canada’s most versatile and popular opera interpreters. Born and raised in Winnipeg, he studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, Germany, and served as Artistic Director of Edmonton Opera from 1998 to 2001. He has directed scores of productions for every professional opera company in Canada, and many productions in the United States, including recent productions of Kentucky Opera’s Of Mice and Men, L’Opéra de Montréal’s Tosca and Vancouver Opera’s groundbreaking Nixon in China, which he will also direct next season in his San Francisco Opera debut. Other highlights include his 2006 Covent Garden debut, directing a new chamber opera, The Midnight Court. As a librettist Mr. Cavanagh has enjoyed critical and popular success with the productions of seven of his own operas. Mr. Cavanagh’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Ed Wiebe and Marcia Johnson

HARRY FREHNER, Lighting Designer Mr. Frehner’s vast work in Edmonton includes recent productions of Rigoletto, Carmen, Filumena, Madama Butterfly, Don Pasquale, and Turandot. In Alberta he has been associated with Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, The Citadel Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. He has worked with many other companies across Canada, including Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Young People’s Theatre, Canadian Opera Company, the Neptune Theatre (Les Misérables) and The Stratford Festival. This past year, Harry has had the privilege of lighting three world premieres: Lillian Alling in Vancouver, Before Night Falls in Fort Worth and The Inventor in Calgary.

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LEANNE REGEHR, Repetiteur Leanne Regehr is a versatile pianist who has worked in opera, choral, recital 
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Northwestern University in Chicago. Leanne was a staff pianist for Sherrill 
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Workshop program, Leanne teaches piano at King’s University College in Edmonton; she is the accompanist for the Richard Eaton Singers, and is often engaged as an adjudicator and collaborative artist.

HA NEUL KIM, Stage Manager Ha Neul Kim is pleased to return to Edmonton Opera’s 2010- 2011 season. A graduate from the University of Alberta, with her BFA degree in Technical Theatre Production specializing in Stage Management, Ha Neul has been stage managing for 10 years and has been the Edmonton Opera’s stage manager since 2007. She was also the Assistant Stage Manager for many past Edmonton Opera and Manitoba Opera productions. Ha Neul has also stage managed the University of Alberta’s Centennial festival opera Orfeo, acted as Main Stage Manager for the Queen’s Royal Visit, and as Field Stage Manager for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2005 World Masters Games.

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GINA MOE, Assistant Stage Manager Gina is very pleased to be a part of Edmonton Opera’s 2010/2011 season. Past Assistant Stage Manager credits for Edmonton Opera include: La Bohéme, Rigoletto, The Pirates of Penzance and Otello. Recent Stage Management credits include: Beckett’s Shorts for Surreal SoReal Theatre, Witness to a Conga and The Oculist’s Holiday for Teatro la Quindicina; Three Mo’ Divas, Cookin’ at the Cookery, Einstein’s Gift, and Wit for Citadel Theatre; Jailbait, Victoria Martin Math Team Queen, Mo and Jess Kill Susie, Cherish, and Urban Tales Birfurious for Northern Light Theatre; Enchanted April and The Road to Moscow for Theatre Calgary; and Trying for Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre. Gina is a two time winner of the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production.

HOLLY CLARK, Assistant Stage Manager Holly is a University of Alberta graduate who is very excited to be back in Edmonton after three years in Calgary. Her selected opera credits include Stage Managing Hannaraptor, Beatrice and Benedict and Cinderella for the Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist program. She immensely enjoyed Hannaraptor in particular as it combined her two favourite things, opera and dinosaurs. Holly has also worked on the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show for two years. She has had a great time working on this show and she hopes you enjoy it!

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We Stormed the Stage in 2009, We Rocked the House in 2010, Now encore! prepares to _________ in 2011. Join Edmonton Opera’s 20-40 something’s on the set of Tosca the night before opening night for the chance to mingle with cast members, visit backstage at the Jubilee and best of all . . . to party on stage. Join encore! April 8, 2011, for Storm the Stage III. To find out more about Storm the Stage or to fill in the blank, e-mail Follow us on Twitter @encoreopera Follow us on Facebook at encore! from Edmonton Opera Check out our blog at


Brian May 15 – 22, 2011

Join Edmonton Opera’s Artistic Director, Brian Deedrick, in his home away from home. Tour Highlights: - Kiss me, Kate at the Komishe Oper - Don Carlo at the Staatsoper Schiller Theater - Samson and Dalila at the Deutshce Oper - Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace - Museum Island - Brian’s signature walking tour and so much more!

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chorus & Orchestra Edmonton Opera Chorus’ Opening Night performance is sponsored by the St. David’s Welsh Society of Edmonton

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MEZZO SOPRANOs Charlotte Burrowes Katie Jackson Dilys Kulchitsky Patrece Maluzynsky

TENORs Tom Hall Milton Liska* Robert Rock Dan Rowley

BASSes John Adria Boris Derow Greg Maluzynsky Steven Trevoy

*appearing with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association

SUPERNUMERARIES Darrel Dreidger Jen Holmes† Mevisha Maistry*

Jillian Scambler* Rebecca Sykes*

*appearing courtesy of Ortona Gymnastics Club †appearing courtesy of Capital City Gymnastics Club

edmonton symphony orchestra William Eddins, Music Director flute Elizabeth Koch Shelley Younge Elizabeth Faulkner oboe Lidia Khaner Paul Schieman clarinet Julianne Scott David Quinn bassoon William Harrison Edith Stacey horn Allene Hackleman Megan Evans trumpet Robin Doyon William Dimmer timpani Barry Nemish percussion Brian Jones John McCormick

Violin 1 Eric Buchmann Virginie Gagné Broddy Olson Richard Caldwell Joanna Ciapka-Sangster Alissa Cheung Anna Kozak Aiyana Anderson Lauren DeRoller Neda Yamach Violin 2 Dianne New Susan Flook Heather Bergen Pauline Bronstein Robert Hryciw Zoë Sellers Murray Vaasjo Tatiana Warszynski Viola Stefan Jungkind Charles Pilon Bonnie Yeager Rhonda Henshaw Mikiko Kohjitani Andrew Bacon

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edmonton opera STAFF Artistic Director........................................ Brian Deedrick Interim CEO................................................ Patti Pon Artistic Director Emeritus.................... Dr. Irving Guttman, CM Administration Production Manager............................................... Tim Yakimec Artistic Administrator. ............................................ Jeff McCune Resident Conductor/Chorus Director............... Peter Dala Controller. ................................................................... Paul Hebor Technical Manager. ................................................. Clayton Rodney Audience Services Manager................................. Valorie Morgan Manager of Special Events and Outreach Programs. ................................................ Shelagh Lam Marketing and Communications Manager...... Jelena Bojic Interim Development Manager.......................... Glenda Dennis

Production and Technical Production Manager............................................... Tim Yakimec Stage Manager . ........................................................ Ha Neul Kim Assistant Stage Managers..................................... Gina Moe and Holly Clark Apprentice Stage Managers. ............................... Amy DeFelice and Maddie Pauling Technical Manager. ................................................. Clayton Rodney Head of Wardrobe.................................................... Deanna Finnman Wardrobe Assistants. .............................................. Brenda Inglis and Michelle Warren Wigs and Hair............................................................. Nancy Horn and Judy Morley Make Up....................................................................... Cathy Nicoll Make Up Assistant.................................................... Noreen Jani Head of Props. ........................................................... Chantel Fortin Assistant Props.......................................................... Katie Hartfeil Head Carpenter......................................................... Geoff Bacchus Head Fly. ...................................................................... Al Kliss Assistant Fly................................................................ Richard Sims Head Electrician. ....................................................... Alison Hardy Assistant Electrician................................................. Joseph Race Head Sound................................................................ Robert Smale Assistant Sound. ....................................................... Al Wightmore Head of Video. ........................................................... Greg Brown Title Cuer...................................................................... Jacquie Dawkins Volunteer Production Assistant.......................... Len Aston Contact Information Administration Office: 9720 102 Ave., Edmonton, AB T5J 4B2 Box Office: 780-429-1000 • Administration: 780-424-4040 • Fax: 780-429-0600 Email: • Stage crew courtesy of I.A.T.S.E. Local 210 the abduction from the seraglio 39

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DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE The Director’s Circle recognizes those patrons whose significant financial support and on-going commitment enable Edmonton Opera to continue to produce award-winning and compelling art in our community. Bravo and thank you! For more information about the Director’s Circle or to become a member, please call 780-424-4040, ext 231. LEADERS ($8,000+) Bank Of Montreal Brian Deedrick Fath Group/O’Hanlon Paving Frederic Gojmerac Professional Corp The Dianne & Irving Kipnes Foundation Sir Francis Price & Hon Marguerite Trussler PATRONS ($4,000 - $7,999) Dr & Mrs Mark & Nancy Heule Dr Ed Wiebe & Dr Marcia Johnson Mrs Mary LeMessurier Mr & Mrs Jack & Esther Ondrack Mr & Mrs Gabe & Connie Shelley BENEFACTORS ($2,500 - $3,999) Anonymous Tricia Abbott Mr & Mrs Jim & Sharon Brown Richard S Cook, Esq. Dr & Mrs Larry & Ellen Eberlein Mr & Mrs John & Susan Hokanson Mr Jeffrey Jansen Dr Christine Kyriakides Landlink Consulting Ltd Mr & Mrs Steven & Day LePoole Mr Ashif Mawji Mr & Mrs Kelly & Renee Redinger Dr Joan Lopatka & Mr Bill Rutledge Angus Watt Enterprises Inc MEMBERS ($1,000 - $2,499) Dr & Mrs Leyland & Martine Adams Dr & Mrs Peter & Barbara Allen Dr James Archibald & Mrs Heidi Christoph Mr & Mrs Bill & Dorothy Astle Dr & Mrs Sam & Sonia Azer Ms Rhonda Baker Dr Robert Boman Ms Carmen Boyko

Mr & Mrs Bob & Bev McNally Mr Wayne Branch Mr Hugh McPhail & Mrs Joyce Buchwald Ms Yolanda Van Wachem Mr & Mrs Carol & David Cass Mrs Mary McPhail Mr & Mrs David & Patricia Cassie Mrs Arliss Miller Dr Vern Chichak & Dr & Mrs Ken & Gerda Miller Mrs Patricia Armitage Mr & Mrs Neil & Susan Miller Dr Mary Chisholm Ms Risha Milo Mr & Mrs Bill & Carole Clark Dr & Mrs Kyle & Colleen Murray Ms Marian Clarke Mr John Oberg Ms Elaine Coachman Mrs Eleanor Olszewski & Mr & Mrs Patrick & Joan Dea Mr Randy Fulton Mr & Mrs Giovanni & Maria Pagnotta Meluccia DiMarco Dr & Dr Linda & Gene Pilarski Mr Donald Edie Mrs Aline Pratch Ms June Emery Mr Robert Prybysh Mr & Mrs Heinz & Donna Feldberg Mr & Mrs Russell M Purdy Dr & Mrs Joseph Fernando Dr Robert & Mrs Doreen Fessenden Mr Edwin Radke Dr Leonard Ratzlaff Ms Laura Fitzgerald Mr & Mrs Jim & Vivian Redmond Forbrich Computer Consulting Ltd Ms Mary Phillips-Rickey & Mr & Mrs Hans & Susanne Forbrich Mr Russ Rickey Mr & Mrs Peter & Astrid Griep Dr & Mrs Frederic & Alma Gojmerac Ms Tulane Rollingher Dr Gabor Gyenes & Ms Erika Mullner Mrs Hilary Rose Mr & Mrs Arnold & Grace Rumbold Mr & Mrs Alex J Hamilton Dr & Dr Michel & Sylvie Sauve Hastings Ilagan Design Mr Warren Schmitz Mr Mark Havin Ms Maria T Schneider Mr & Mrs Brian & Mr Alan Rose & Ms Judy Schroder Jeanne Hetherington Mr Don Scott & Justice Darlene Acton Dr Karen Hofmann & Mrs Pamela Hofmann Soles & Company Corp IBM Canada Ltd Telus Mr H L Irving Mr & Mrs Michael & Elizabeth Thain Mr & Mrs William & Patricia Jaschke Mr Martin Thorne Dr Laurence Jewell Drs Dennis Todoruk & Susan Stauffer Drs Royce & Mary Ann Johnson Dr George Dundas & Mr Grant Townsend Dr Bill Johnston Dr & Mrs Chris J Varvis Mr Harold Kingston & Mrs Marie Desrochers Catherine Von Hohenbalken Drs Brian Kucey & Dr & Mrs Peter & Joyce Walton Elena Hernandez-Kucey Wawanesa Insurance Mr & Mrs Peter & Jean Langford-Jones Mr & Mrs Peter & Elaine Watson Mrs Florence Lede Mr & Mrs Dan & Winnie Wiart Mr & Mrs Mark & Nina-Leigh Lindsay Dr & Mrs Donald & Colleen Wilson Mr & Mrs Hilliard & Nancy Macbeth Mrs Vonnie Zupan Mr & Mrs Judy & Stuart MacKay Mr & Mrs Stephen & Lynn Mandel the abduction from the seraglio


FRIENDS OF EDMONTON OPERA Sincere thanks go to the following individuals who, through their gifts, have demonstrated their belief in making opera a vital part of our cultural community. SUSTAINERS ($500 - $999)

Mr John Adria & Caroline Howarth Miss Joan Bensted Mr & Mrs Robert & Helen Buck Ms Brenda Dale Mrs Sheila Davidson Mr & Mrs Louis & Marcelle Desrochers Dr Elizabeth A Donald Mr & Mrs Ivan & Ksenia Fedyna Mr A R Grynoch Ms Linda Louise Hueston Mr & Mrs Douglas & Dorothy Hollands Mr & Mrs James & Hasmik Houlder Ms Loretta Klarenbach Dr Lorne Kott Dr Devon J Mark & Dr Allen Vander Well Mr Alan Mather & Mrs Helgard Proft-Mather Mr Les Moss Dr Clarence Preitz Ms Marlene Regehr Dr Ian Reid Mr & Mrs Doug & Devika Short Mr & Mrs Michael & Nance Smith Dr Peter Smith Mrs Eira Spaner Mr & Mrs Howard Starkman Ms Jan Taylor Ms Stella Varvis & Mr Paul Grossman Mr & Mrs Howard & Joan Welch

SUPPORTERS ($250 - $499)

Anonymous (2) Mr & Mrs E.B. Allan Ms Charlene Bacchus Mr & Mrs Lucie & Armand Baril Mr & Mrs Walter & Stella Baydala Mr Robert Bradford Ms Janet Carle Mr Donald Chisholm Mrs Phyllis Clark Mr Charles Cobban Mr & Mrs Milton & Sharon Davies Ms Nora Dickenson Dr Wendy Doughty & Mr Jim Klingle Mr & Mrs Ken & Judith Duffin Ms Moira Finley Ms Lorna Gawlinski Mr Walter Goetz Ms Joan Groff Mr Laurie Hawn Dr Zenia Hawrysh Ms Lois Hingley Dr & Mrs Pavel & Sylva Jelen & Paul Jelen Dr Erika & Mr Robert Juthner-Krtschan Ms Donna Kanewischer Mr Joseph Kim Mr & Mrs David & Sandra Kraatz

Mrs Libuse Kuzel Mr & Mrs Igor & Galia Kwetny Mr C N Lund Ms Brenda Macdonald Mr & Mrs Bob & Debbie Mandlis Dr & Mrs John & Peggy Marko Mrs Oline Markine Mrs Linda Medland-Davis Mr David Rees & Ms Linda Miller Mr John Ogilvy Mr & Mrs Aaron & Jean Oshry Dr & Mrs Edward & Geri Papp Mrs Fay Plomp Mrs Alexandra Sanderman Mr & Mrs C T S Sydie Dr Lorraine Wilgosh Dr Geoffrey H Worsley Mr Noel Xavier Dr John Yun Mr & Mrs George & Gloria Zaharia

GUARDIANS ($150 - $249)

Anonymous (3) Mr & Mrs Len & Andree Aston Ms Nancy Aust Ms Diana M Bacon Mr & Mrs Alan & Alice Bell Mr Dennis Blumenthal Ms Jennifer Brown Mr Grant Cameron Mr Joseph Collier Ms Janet M Clark Ms Valerie Cload Mr & Mrs John & Rhonda Campbell Mr & Mrs Kirstin & Marco Castro-Wunsch Mr Chris Chantler & Ms Colleen McKenna Dr & Mrs D.R. & Suzanne Colter Mr & Mrs James & Gail DeFelice Dr & Mrs R.J. & Janet Dmytruk Mr & Mrs Frank & Muriel Dunnigan Mr & Mrs Martin & Jacqueline Elton Mr Rick Ewasiuk Mrs Lois Field Dr & Mrs Kevin & Rachel Foster Ms Shirley Gifford Mr & Mrs Otto & Marion Gloeckler Ms Margaret Golberg Mr & Mrs Charles & Ann Grant Ms June Greig Dr & Mrs R Hackett Ms Linda Hall Mr & Mrs K Heavenor Mrs Barbara Howarth Dr Sheila L Hughes Mr & Mrs John & Diane Kuzyk Mr & Mrs Jack & Diane Latham Mr Brian Lesyk Mr & Mrs Doug & Joan Longley

Mr & Mrs John & Barbara Luckhurst Ms Marion MacIntyre Miss Antoinette Marchand Mr & Mrs Ernest & Gladys Marshall Mr & Mrs D McGettigan Mrs Marjorie McIntyre Mr Fayaz Merali & Ms Keli Bulger Mrs Ruth New Mr Denis Noel Mr Al O’Brien Miss Carolynne E Ross Dr E J Rudnisky Ms Barbara Sadler Wells Mrs Kathleen L Savey Dr Werner Schulze Miss Alison Seymour Dr & Mrs R W Sherbaniuk Mr & Mrs Gerry & Barbara Sinn Ms Alexandra Smith & Dr Malcolm King Mr David Steer Mr Don W Strang Mr & Mrs Martin & Heike Stribrny Mrs J Sult Mr & Mrs Louis Te Ms Karen Trace Mr Melvin Tussman Mrs Evaline Ulmer Mr & Mrs A.C. Visman Mr Ian Wachowicz Mr & Mrs Morley & Patricia Workun

CONTRIBUTORS ($100 - $149)

Anonymous Ms Sonia Allore Ms Susan Au Mr Craig Aumann Mr & Mrs H Baadsgaard Ms Vicki Barrow & Ms Julie Maines Mr & Mrs Carl & Doreen Betke Douglas and Sheila Bingham Dr Janis Blakey Dr Grace Bokenfohr Mr E Ross Bradley Mrs Thomas Bray Mrs Anne Campbell Mr Cheng-Hsin Chang Dr John P Chang Dr & Mrs Roger & Carol Cohen Dr Diane Cox & Mr Sandon Cox Mr & Mrs Dan & Lorna Dennis Ms Betty Lou Docherty Arthur & Heather Dowling Mrs Marion Elder Mr Daniel Ellerington Ruthanna Elson Mr & Mrs Alfred & Coleen Falk Ms Karin Fodor Ms Sheila Gynane Ms Mary Ellen Haggerty

Mr & Mrs Hans Hahn Dr & Mrs R Haryett Dr & Mrs T Hayashi Mr Stephen Heatley Dr & Mrs R Henderson Ms Joyce Hendrickson Dr Judith Hibberd Dr Brian Hindmarch Mr & Mrs Ron & Lavon Holgate Mr Walter Hsu Mr & Mrs John & Linda Jamieson Mr Alan Jones Mr & Mrs H.S. Kent Dr & Mrs Kris Kristjanson Dr & Mrs Stan & Lorraine Kucey Ms Rena Liviniuk Mr Richard Loken Mr Javier Lozano Mr & Mrs David & Angelica Lynch Mr & Mrs Richard Lyne Ms Beth MacIntosh Mrs Berniece Malone Ms Joan H Marshall Mr & Mrs John Matthews Ms Elaine Matthiessen Mrs Elizabeth McAra Mr & Mrs Ronald & Carole Middleton Ms Janet Millar & Mr John Collier Mr & Mrs J Morgan Ms Judy Morley Mr Kevin Mott Mr John Neilson & Ms Susan Cribbs Mr Mike O’Dell Dr Hanne Ostergaard Mr Eugene Phoa Mrs Yvonne Rekken Mrs Natalie Rickenberg Dr Joan Rodgers Mr Clayton Rodney Mr & Mrs Alex & Mary Lou Rose Mr Ronald Rowswell Mr & Mrs Tom & Bev Sawyer Ms Wendy Schelske

FRIENDS ($50 - $99)

Ms Marjorie Anderson Ms Gwen Bailey Ms Deborah Barnes Ms Marion Bennett Mrs Donna Blasius-Pitzler Dr Vivien Bosley Ms Elizabeth Butler Ms Sharon E Campbell Mrs Helen Cairns Mrs Chung Chu Ms Jean Crozier Mr & Mrs Michael & Eva-Maria Day Ms Marilyn Dent Ms Bonnie Dixon Ms Isabelle A Donald Mr & Mrs Keith & Susan Driver Ms Sylvia J Duffus Dr & Mrs Tom & Heather Etsell Mr Reg Ferguson Mr Ferdinand Filiplic Mr & Mrs F.S. Glenfield Mr Jon Gordon Mr & Mrs John & Marlene Haas

FRIENDS OF EDMONTON OPERA DONOR benefits Income tax receipt Acknowledgement in production playbills Voting privileges at Annual General Meeting Newsletter & advance notices Priority ticket services Invitation for two (2) to one dress rehearsal Invitation for two (2) to one backstage tour Exclusive membership opportunities*

Ms Laura Hill Ms Barbara Hiller Ms Nancy Horn Ms Bonny Hubert Mr & Mrs Erik & Franziska Jacobsen Mr & Mrs Chris & Susan Jensen Mrs Yvonne-Marie Johnson Mr & Mrs Walter Kaminsky Ms Carla Kolke Mr Bin Lau Ms Ann Lockwood & Vytenis Gotceitas Mr & Mrs Greg & Patrece Maluzynsky Ms Carmela Marino Mr Scott Marsden Mr Donald R Milne Dr Edward Mozejko Mrs Elaine Olesen Mr Frank Palko Ms C H Parks Ms Lillian Pheasey Mr Carlos Raposo & Ms Judy Strachan Mr & Mrs Gunter & Ingeborg Richter Ms Heather Stickney & Ms Louise Linarez Ms Jolanta Wiens Mrs E Marie Williams

Mr Barry Schloss & Mrs Maureen Hemingway Schloss Mr Devin Sears Mr Joshua Siewert Mr & Mrs Norman & Oli Simons Mrs S Steinbring Miss Anne Strack Mr William Tonn Mr Dennis Vance Ms Maureen Vandenberg Mr & Mrs Terry & Michele Veeman Ms Trudy Velichka Mr & Mrs Alan & Betty Vladicka Ms Mary Wilke Mr & Mrs Doug & Mary Wright Dr & Mrs Frank & Melinda Wuest Mr John R Young Mr & Mrs Jmarek & Jadwiga Zep

Donations have been made in memory of: Dr David Cook Oliver McKay Donations have been made in HONOUR of: Mary McPhail Thank you for sharing and honouring their passion for opera. Only 2010/2011 season donations and/or pledges processed until December 31st, 2010 are listed. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our donor information. If we have made an error or omission, please call 780-424-4040, ext 231. We apologize for any inconvenience. Although space limitations allow us to list only charitable contributions of $50 or more, we gratefully acknowledge all donations. Each gift, regardless of size, helps to make Edmonton Opera performances possible. Thank you!












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Aria Legacy Help Edmonton Opera Sing Forever Edmonton Opera creates award-winning and compelling art, and strives to keep that art accessible for the Edmonton community. Aria Legacy is your opportunity to share that dream in a focused and personal way, with a gift to our endowment program that will last into perpetuity. Endowment gifts of any size are appreciated. For more information on how you can help sustain Edmonton Opera for generations to come, please call 780-424-4040, ext 231.

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Edmonton Opera applauds the following visionaries for contributing to or establishing a legacy of support for the future of opera in our community. Many of these contributions have been matched by the Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program. Thank you. Edmonton Opera’s Endowment Funds: Sam & Sonia Azer Family Fund Frederic & Alma Gojmerac Family Fund Canadian Arts and Heritage Fund Edmonton Opera Staff Contributions Fund Edmonton Opera Endowment Fund Irving Guttman Opera Endowment Fund The Dianne and Irving Kipnes Opera Fund John and Barbara Poole Family Fund Francis Price and Marguerite Trussler Family Fund Dwight Purdy Memorial Fund David Cook Fund for Edmonton Opera

2010/2011 Endowment Donors & Aria Legacy Members Patricia Abbott Bill & Dorothy Astle Alan & Alice Bell Jelena Bojic Robert Bradford Katherine Braun Marian W Clarke John & Ann Dea Brian Deedrick Betty Lou Docherty Maggie Dower Ivan & Ksenia Fedyna Frederic & Alma Gojmerac Gabor Gyenes Brian & Jeanne Hetherington Mark & Nancy Heule

Karen & Pamela Hofmann John Adria & Caroline Howarth Laurence Jewell Bill Johnston Robert & Erika Juthner-Krtschan Irv & Dianne Kipnes Betty Kolodziej Shelagh Lam Steven & Day LePoole Constantino & Barbara Loutas Brenda MacDonald Stuart & Judy Mackay Stephen & Lynn Mandel

Don Scott Roderick & Oline Markine Marguerite Trussler Jeff McCune Chris J Varvis Grace Megli-Turner Howard & Joan Welch Axel Meisen Robert A Wilson Laurie Mereu Tim Yakimec & Jocelyn Lamoureux Arliss Miller Jack & Esther Ondrack Vonnie Zupan Patti Pon Barbara Poole Additional financial Francis Price contributions from Russel Purdy members of the Leonard Ratzlaff Edmonton Opera Chorus. Robert Rock A generous endowment Hilary Rose gift has been made by the Arnold & Edmonton Opera Guild Grace Rumbold In honour of the Edmonton Opera Chorus.

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February 14, 2011

Edmonton Opera and CapitalCare PremierE Valentine’s Gala at the Shaw Conference Centre. For more information call 780-424-4040 ext 221

In collaboration with Fringe Theatre Adventures, we bring you The Barber of Barrhead at the TransAlta Arts Barns

April 3, 2011

Opera Brunch at the Chateau Lacombe. To join the wait list, call 780-429-1000

April 9, 12, 14, 2011

Tosca at the Jubilee Auditorium

May 15, 2011

Berlin with Brian. For more information or to purchase tickets please call AMA at 1-866-667-4777

June 9, 2011

16th Annual CGI Golf Tournament. For more information on sponsorship or to register, call 780-424-4040 ext 231

June 24, 2011

Opera al Fresco at the Devonian Botanic Gardens. For more information call 780-424-4040 ext 221

February 17 - 26, 2011

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