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Brian Deedrick, Artistic Director

Gwen and David, I know you’re both with us tonight: this one’s for you with much love. OTELLO 3


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2009-10 Dr. Dianne Kipnes – Chair Hilary Rose – Treasurer, Chair (Finance) Axel Meisen – Secretary, Chair (Governance) Gabe Shelley – Chair (Strategic Planning) Katherine Braun, Laura Fitzgerald, Brian Hetherington, Jeffrey Jansen, Mary LeMessurier, Bertrand Malo, Lynn Mandel, Reza Mostasharif, Kyle Murray, Eleanor Olszewski, Robert Rock, Katie Soles

Past Board Chairs and Board Presidents D.I. Ker (1963-64), F.J. Newson (1964-65), K.A. Robertson (1965-68), Dr. W.A. Maclean (1968-71), Carl Dennis (1971-72), L.J. Moore (1972-73), E.W.B. Adamson (1973-74), The Honourable Peter M. Caffaro (1974-75), The Honourable Mr. Justice H.L. Irving (1975-76), Mr. W.D. Grace (1976-78), Ruthe M. Spector (1978-80), M.D. Stewart (1980-82), Morley K. Workun (1982-84), A. Budge (1984-87), T.C. Miner (1987-88), P. Langford-Jones (1988-89), Dr. R.W. Broad (1989-91), Robert L. Leclerc Q.C. (1991-93), Mary C. Ritchie (1993-94), Genoa Fisher (1994-95), Hugh McPhail (1995), Dr. Bill Forbes (1995-96), Mary LeMessurier (1996-98), George Petty (1998-99), Bob Binnendyk (1999-2002), Peter Watson (2002-2004), Bob McNally (2004-2006), Francis Price (2006-2008) A very heartfelt thank you to all past and present board members.

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Mary LeMessurier If you find yourself approached at an Opera intermission by a woman with beautiful white hair and eyes that sparkle – sometimes mischeviously – then you may be experiencing your first conversation with Board member Mary LeMessurier. If the first words out of her mouth are “How are you enjoying the opera?,” then you are definitely speaking with her! Mary has been affiliated with Edmonton Opera for more than 35 years, as a patron, volunteer, Board member, and even at one time the interim General Manager of the company. The former Minister for Culture in the Province of Alberta, Mary has worked tirelessly for decades to promote the understanding and support of the arts in this province, and Edmonton Opera is lucky that Mary’s considerable talents and energy remain focused on Edmonton Opera in particular. Mary has been the driving force behind the annual CGI Edmonton Opera Golf Classic for its 15-year existence, and she reminds us that the worlds of sport and opera are not that dissimilar: “Singers and athletes strive to achieve something that is beautiful, incredibly difficult, and larger than life. Whether it’s on stage, at the Olympics, or on the golf course, we can be inspired in our own lives by those who are passionate and dedicated in their own.” OTELLO 5


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OTELLO Music by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Arrigo Boito, after Shakespeare’s Othello Premiere: February 5, 1887, La Scala, Milan Conductor Director

James Meena Brian Deedrick The Cast

(in order of vocal appearance)

Montano Cassio Iago Roderigo Otello Desdemona Emilia A Herald Lodovico

Gregory Atkinson Kurt Lehmann Gregory Dahl Thomas Macleay John Mac Master Sally Dibblee Elizabeth Turnbull Boris Derow Brian McIntosh

with the Edmonton Opera Chorus and The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Set designed by Costumes designed by Lighting designed by Chorus Director Repetiteur Stage Manager Assistant Stage Managers

Peter Dean Beck Malabar David Fraser Peter Dala Leanne Regehr Ha Neul Kim Coralie Cairns and Gina Moe

There will be one intermission after Acts 1 & 2, and a brief pause after Act 3. The performance is approximately 2 hours 45 minutes in duration including intermission. Projected titles by Michael Cavanagh Edmonton Opera is a professional company operating within the jurisdiction of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Edmonton Opera is a member of Opera.ca and Opera America. OTELLO 7


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DAVID COOK May 19, 1942 – Sept 13, 2009

This production of Otello is dedicated to our teacher, friend, and fervent opera advocate, Dr. David Cook. He made Opera Talks an integral part of the Edmonton Opera experience and because of his knowledge, enthusiasm and humour, brought greater enjoyment of the opera to hundreds of opera goers. His talks are an unforgettable part of Edmonton Opera’s history. His unfailing passion for the art form was, perhaps, the most persuasive form of his support for Edmonton Opera. Our production of Otello was this season’s highlight for him. His joie de vivre was an inspiration to us. Thank you David.

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GIUSEPPE VERDI G iuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), one of the most popular of all opera composers, was born to a poor family in a tiny Italian village. He began studying music in the nearby town of Busseto, where he was taken into the home of a wealthy patron who later also supported his education in Milan. When he completed his studies, he became municipal music director in Busseto and married his patron’s daughter; three years later he returned to Milan with the score of his first opera, Oberto. Oberto was produced at La Scala (Milan’s opera house) in 1839, had a modest success, and brought Verdi a contract for more operas. Then disaster struck: his wife and their two children died. Verdi managed to complete his next opera, but it was a failure and, in despair, he vowed to compose no more.

Verdi’s Operas • Oberto (1839)

What changed his mind was a libretto about the ancient Jews exiled from their homeland. Verdi was an ardent nationalist who yearned for a free and united Italy and saw the Jews as a symbol of the oppressed Italians. He quickly composed Nabucco, which was a huge success. From then on, Verdi and his operas came to be associated with the Italian independence movement. (The cry Viva Verdi also stood for the patriotic slogan “Vittorio Emmanuele, Re D’Italia”– Victor Emmanuel, king of Italy.)

• Un giorno di regno (1840)

In his late thirties, Verdi composed Rigoletto (1853), and La Traviata (1853). Although the public loved them, critics were often scandalized by their subject matter — they seemed to condone rape, suicide, and free love. But Verdi was fiercely independent and himself lived openly with his second wife for ten years before marrying her.

• Alzira (1845)

After these successes had made him wealthy, Verdi bought an estate in Busseto; and in 1861 he was elected in the first parliament that convened after Italy had become a nation. In his later years he wrote Aida (1871), Otello (1887), and – at the age of seventy-nine – his final opera, Falstaff (1893).

• Jérusalem (1847)

Verdi composed not for the musical elite but for a mass public whose main entertainment was opera. He sought subjects that were‘original, interesting... and passionate; passions above all!’ Almost all his mature works are serious and end unhappily; they move quickly and involve extremes of hatred, love, jealousy, and fear; and his powerful music underlines the dramatic situations. Otello, based on Shakespeare’s Othello, a classic tale of jealousy and manipulation, fits these requirements perfectly.

• Stiffelio (1850)

Expressive vocal melody is the soul of a Verdi opera. There are many duets, trios, and quartets; and the chorus plays an important role. Verdi’s style became less conventional as he grew older; his later works have greater musical continuity, less difference between aria and recitative, more imaginative orchestration, and richer accompaniments. There is no question that Verdi is pre-eminent among western operatic composers, his rich legacy of works include some of the most performed operas of all time, and most certainly, will continue to be performed for many generations to come.

• Aroldo (1857)

• Nabucco (1842) • I Lombardi alla prima crociata (1843) • Ernani (1844) • I due Foscari (1844) • Giovanna d’Arco (1845) • Attila (1846) • Macbeth (1847) • I masnadieri (1847) • Il corsaro (1848) • La battaglia di Legnano (1849) • Luisa Miller (1849) • Rigoletto (1851) • Il trovatore (1853) • La traviata (1853) • Les vêpres siciliennes (1855) • Simon Boccanegra (1857) • Un ballo in maschera (1859) • La forza del destino (1862) • Don Carlos (1867) • Aida (1871) • Otello (1887) • Falstaff (1893)

The above is from Music: An Appreciation by Roger Kamien, Brief Edition, McGraw Hill Companies, Inc. Pages 262-263.

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Otello

SYNOPSIS ACT I. Cyprus, late fifteenth century. The Moor Otello, governor of the island and a general in the Venetian army, arrives in port as a tempest rages. Iago, Otello’s ensign, confers with Roderigo, a gentleman who has come to Cyprus because of his unrequited love for Desdemona, a Venetian beauty recently married to Otello. Promising to help Roderigo, Iago says Desdemona will soon tire of her Moorish husband, adding that he himself has reasons for revenge on Otello, who passed him over for advancement, promoting Cassio instead. Iago proposes a toast; when Cassio declines any more drink, Iago says he cannot refuse to salute Otello’s new wife. Cassio consents and grows tipsy as Iago provokes Roderigo to a duel with Cassio. When Montano, Otello’s predecessor in command, tries to separate the two, Cassio attacks him as well. Otello comes out of the castle to restore order. When he sees Desdemona disturbed by the fray, he takes away Cassio’s recent promotion. Sending everyone home, Otello turns to his bride, and they recall their courtship. Leading her back into the castle, Otello kisses her.

ACT II. A room in the castle, opening on a garden. Iago tells Cassio that by presenting his case to Desdemona he can be reinstated, because Otello is influenced by his wife. As soon as Cassio is out of sight, Iago declares his belief that a cruel God created man wicked, and life has no meaning. Iago watches as Cassio approaches Desdemona in the garden, and when Otello comes in, the lieutenant makes casual remarks about Desdemona’s fidelity. Softened by his wife’s beauty, Otello greets her, but she brings up the question of Cassio’s demotion, annoying him. When she offers a handkerchief to wipe his brow, he throws it to the ground, where her attendant, Emilia, retrieves it. As Desdemona tries to calm Otello, Iago orders Emilia (his wife) to give him the handkerchief. Otello asks to be alone, and the others leave, except for Iago, who hangs back to observe Otello’s growing suspicion. To fan the flames, Iago invents a story about how Cassio spoke lovingly of Desdemona in his sleep. Then he mentions her handkerchief, saying he saw it in Cassio’s hand. Beside himself, Otello swears to have vengeance, and Iago joins in the oath.

ACT III. In the armory, Iago tells Otello that more proof is forthcoming of his betrayal by his wife and Cassio. Desdemona enters, and Otello speaks calmly until she revives the subject of Cassio. When Otello demands the handkerchief he gave her, she again pleads for Cassio. Otello calls the shocked woman a courtesan and dismisses her. He cries out that heaven could have afflicted him with anything but this, then hides as Iago returns with Cassio. Iago flashes the handkerchief he stole and leads Cassio on in banter in such a way that Otello overhears only fragments and thinks they are talking about Desdemona. As trumpets announce dignitaries from Venice, Otello vows to kill his wife that very night. The Moor greets the Venetian Lodovico, who recalls him to Venice and appoints Cassio to govern Cyprus. Losing control at this news, Otello pushes his wife to the floor with insults. He orders everyone out and collapses in a seizure as Iago gloats over him, crying, “Behold the Lion!” 12 OTELLO


ACT IV. As Emilia helps Desdemona prepare for bed, the frightened woman sings of a maiden forsaken by her lover. Startled by the wind, she bids Emilia an impassioned farewell and kneels in prayer before retiring. As soon as she has dozed off, Otello enters through a secret door and kisses his wife. This wakens her, but the jealous man, deaf to her protestations of innocence, strangles her. Emilia knocks with news that Cassio has killed Roderigo; entering, she is horrified to find the dying Desdemona and summons Cassio, Lodovico and Iago, and lago escapes when his wife reveals his treachery. Realizing the truth behind his crime, Otello pulls out a concealed dagger and stabs himself, dying upon a final kiss. – courtesy of Opera News

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GREGORY ATKINSON, Montano Montreal-born bass Gregory Atkinson is established as a versatile singer/actor with a broad range of experience in opera, concert, and musical theatre. He has garnered critical acclaim for roles with opera companies across Canada and in the Canadian and International touring productions of The Phantom of the Opera. Featured engagements include the roles of Seneca in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Arkel in Péleas et Mélisande, Palemon in Thais, and Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata for L’Opéra de Montréal; Montano in Otello for Opera Lyra, Manitoba Opera, and l’Opéra de Québec; and the title role of Don Pasquale for Opera Ontario. He has performed the Bonze in Madama Butterfly in Québec City, Ottawa, Montreal, Hamilton, and Winnipeg. This season he appeared as Basilio in The Barber of Seville and Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro for Manitoba Opera. Upcoming is the role of the Speaker in The Magic Flute. Mr. Atkinson’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Irving and Dianne Kipnes

KURT LEHMANN, Cassio Tenor Kurt Lehmann’s international career has taken him to Carnegie Hall for Verdi’s Requiem as well as engagements in Toronto, Montreal, Dallas, Calgary, Vancouver, Naples, Pittsburgh, Victoria, Hamilton, Ottawa, Quebec City, and Detroit. Of particular note was his debut engagement at Glimmerglass Opera as the violinplaying Orpheus in Offenbach’s Orpheus In The Underworld. He was selected for this role after a continent wide search for lyric tenors who were also virtuoso violinists. Puccini and Verdi have dominated Mr. Lehmann’s past seasons with several appearances as Pinkerton in Madama Butterly, Alfredo in La Traviata and Rodolfo in La Bohème. In concert, he has performed with the major orchestras across Canada, the United States and the Pecs Symphony Orchestra of Hungary. Mr. Lehmann has just performed the role of Flamand in the Canadian premier of Strauss’Capriccio for Pacific Opera Victoria, which was also recorded by CBC for broadcast this fall. Mr. Lehmann’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Don Scott and Darlene Acton Mr. Lehmann’s Thursday night performance is sponsored by Francis Price and Marguerite Trussler

GREGORY DAHL, Iago Gregory Dahl has boldly staked his claim to a position of prominence among baritones of his generation with performances notable for richness of characterization and a remarkable vocal authority. Recent performances include: Tonio in Pagliacci and Gianni Schicci with L’Opera de Montreal; Jokanaan in Salome with Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress with Pacific Opera Victoria; Zurga in The Pearl Fishers with Edmonton Opera; Music Lehrer in Ariadne auf Naxos with Calgary Opera and Germont in La Traviata with Opera Lyra Ottawa. Upcoming engagements include: Phillipe in Rufus Wainwright’s debut opera Prima Donna at the Luminato Festival in Toronto, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with both Vancouver Opera and Opera Lyra Ottawa and a return to Opera Theatre St. Louis as Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande. Mr. Dahl’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Neil and Susan Miller

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THOMAS MACLEAY, Roderigo This season Thomas made a sensational debut as Pylade in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride with Opera Atelier. He has also just performed in Seven Deadly Sins with Alberta Ballet. Last season he sang Harry in Fanciulla del West with Opéra de Montréal followed by La Traviata with Edmonton Opera and a workshop of Lillian Alling with Vancouver Opera. Thomas recently made his Canadian television debut as Gennaro in Bravo Canada’s Death at the Opera. In previous seasons Thomas performed Pelléas, Azaël, and Michael in Frobisher, Bach’s Evangelist and the Junger Seemann in Tristan und Isolde with Kent Nagano and the MSO. Other roles include Nemorino, Don Ottavio, and Peter Quint. He has been featured in many Opéra de Montréal productions. Upcoming performances: Arturo Bucklaw in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opéra de Québec, Salome with Opéra de Montréal, Messiah with the Victoria Symphony and Thomas returns to Opera Atelier to sing Acis in Acis and Galatea. He studied music and drama at the University of Alberta, McGill, the Banff Centre and l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. Mr. Macleay’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by The Solera Foundation

JOHN MAC MASTER, Otello Since his astonishing portrayal of Canio in Pagliacci at Glimmerglass Opera, Canadian tenor John Mac Master has been in demand at the highest international level for the dramatic tenor repertoire. Recent performances and recording projects include Florestan in Fidelio with Sir Colin Davis, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Sir Bernard Haitink, both with the London Symphony Orchestra, and his debut at Dresden’s Semper Oper as Calaf in Turandot conducted by Fabio Luisi. Mr. Mac Master’s acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut came as Canio in Pagliacci in performances that included the Saturday Afternoon ‘Live from the Met’ radio broadcast. Of particular note was his assumption of the role of Tristan in Tristan Und Isolde for Welsh National Opera and a subsequent outing at the Met in this demanding role, with Levine in the pit. His schedule this season included a European concert tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra performing Act 2 of Tristan and Mahler’s 8th Symphony for the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad – a work he will reprise with Yannick Nézet Séguin in Ottawa and Montreal in June. Mr. Mac Master’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Jeffrey Jansen

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SALLY DIBBLEE, Desdemona Soprano Sally Dibblee continues to enjoy success on stages and concert halls throughout North America. Recent highlights include Violetta in La Traviata with Opera New Brunswick, Nedda in I Pagliacci for Vancouver Opera, her role debut as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly for Opera Pacific Victoria, and her debut with the Toronto Symphony. 2009-2010 season highlights include Pat Nixon in the Canadian premiere of Nixon in China for Vancouver Opera, Desdemona in Otello for Edmonton Opera, Elijah and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Mineria Orchestra of Mexico City, and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Richard Eaton Singers. A favourite with Edmonton audiences, Sally Dibblee has performed for Edmonton Opera in The Marriage of Figaro, Turandot, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and La Bohème. Le Souvenir: Canadian Songs for Parlour and Stage, a recording of Canadian Heritage Songs featuring Sally Dibblee and Russell Braun, is available as a CD on CBC Centredisc label. Ms. Dibblee’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Francis Price Ms. Dibblee’s Tuesday Night performance is sponsored by Arnold and Grace Rumbold

ELIZABETH TURNBULL, Emilia Elizabeth Turnbull is a mezzo with a distinguished reputation in the U.S. and Canada, hailed by the press as “(one) of this country’s finest singers, luminous and rich-voiced”. Ms. Turnbull began the 2009-2010 season singing the role of Emilia in Otello for Dallas Opera in the opening of their new Winspear Theater, for which the New York Times credited her for a strong performance. Alma March in Little Women for Calgary Opera, and appearances with Edmonton’s Richard Eaton Singers in Verdi’s Requiem and with the Vancouver Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem were next, followed by a return home to Edmonton Opera for Emilia in Otello. Other recent highlights include the Canadian premiere of Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking, Queen Elizabeth I in the world premiere of Estacio’s Frobisher, Augusta Tabor in the Canadian premiere of The Ballad of Baby Doe – all with Calgary Opera, and Dame Quickly in Falstaff and Olga in Eugene Onegin for Opera Lyra Ottawa. Ms. Turnbull’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Gabe and Connie Shelley

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BRIAN MCINTOSH, Lodovico A regular performer with North America’s leading opera companies and orchestras as well as with opera-houses and festivals across Europe, Brian McIntosh is also a gifted pedagogue and is currently Professor of Voice at the University of Alberta. Mr. McIntosh has performed with NYCO in Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, La Bohème (including a live broadcast on PBS), Carmen and La Traviata. He has also performed with Arizona Opera in Salome, New Orleans Opera as Bartolo in Nozze di Figaro and Grand Rapids Opera as Sparafucile in Rigoletto. Last season’s highlights included his debut with L’Opéra de Montréal as Banquo in Macbeth and a return to Edmonton Opera as Grenvil in La Traviata. Recent feature performances include Bartolo in Barbiere di Siviglia with Schlossfestspiele Zwingenberg, Sacristan in Tosca with Calgary Opera, Haly in L’Italiana in Algeri with Vancouver Opera and Lodovico in Otello with Opera Lyra Ottawa. Mr. McIntosh’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Barbara Poole

JAMES MEENA, Conductor James Meena consistently receives critical and public praise for his performances. Maestro Meena’s Portland Opera performances of Verdi’s Falstaff were greeted with reviews such as William Wilcox’s for Opera Canada: “James Meena conducted this difficult and complex score with brilliance, clarity and precision, always supporting, never overwhelming the stage action.” Conducting highlights of recent seasons include the premiere of Transit of Venus and Le Nozze di Figaro for Manitoba Opera, Pagliacci/Schicchi, Nozze and La Traviata for L’Opéra de Montréal; Macbeth and Falstaff with Edmonton Opera; Le Sacre du Printemps with the National Symphony Orchestra, R.O.C., concerts with the Cairo (Egypt) Symphony in the new Cairo Opera House, Roméo et Juliette and Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi for Chautauqua Opera, as well as Aida, Nabucco, Carmen, La Bohème, The Pearl Fishers and Otello for Opera Carolina. Maestro Meena has conducted legendary singers James McCracken, Mignon Dunn, Marilyn Horne, Sherril Milnes and Jerome Hines, as well as Diana Soviero, Renee Fleming, Denyce Graves, Jerry Hadley, Mark Delavan and Marcello Giordani. Maestro Meena’s Opening Night performance is sponsored by Marguerite Trussler Maestro Meena’s Thursday Night performance is sponsored by the Edmonton Opera Men’s Chorus

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BRIAN DEEDRICK, Stage Director As Artistic Director of this great company, Brian’s productions for Edmonton Opera include The Flying Dutchman, The Pearl Fishers, Falstaff, Lakmé, Weill in Weimar, 1929, The Emperor of Atlantis, South Pacific, Turandot, The Merry Widow, Cosí fan tutte, Aida, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Nabucco, Don Giovanni and Julius Caesar. His directing career takes him back and forth across Canada and the U.S., with stops as far afield as central Italy and Tel Aviv. Featured engagements include Turandot for Fort Worth Opera; Tosca for Opera Carolina; Rigoletto, Otello, and Norma for L’Opéra de Québec; Don Giovanni, Manon and Turandot for Calgary Opera; Der Fliegende Holländer for Baltimore Opera; The Elixir of Love, and The Pearl Fishers for Arizona Opera; The Merry Widow in Honolulu, Il Trovatore for Pacific Opera Victoria, Turandot in Vancouver, Aida for L’Opéra de Montréal, and Don Giovanni for Austin Lyric Opera. Upcoming projects: Another summer of tour guiding in Berlin, followed by Turandot for Opera Lyra Ottawa. Mr. Deedrick’s Opening Night is sponsored by Dalton and Kathleen Deedrick

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PETER DALA, Resident Conductor, Chorus Director Edmonton Opera’s resident conductor and chorus master, Peter has 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. This season marks the 25th anniversary of his professional conducting debut, thirteen years of which have been with Edmonton Opera. Peter has also conducted for Alberta Ballet since 2001, and has been their Music Director since 2005.

LEANNE REGEHR, Repetiteur Leanne Regehr is a versatile pianist who has worked in opera, choral, recital and symphonic settings across North America. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Alberta and recently received her Doctorate in Piano Performance at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She was a staff pianist for Sherrill Milnes’VoicExperience Program in Orlando and has worked as a repetiteur for Shreveport Opera, Mercury Opera, and Edmonton Opera. In addition to her position as the Vocal Coach for the University of Alberta’s Opera 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.

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HA NEUL KIM, Stage Manager Ha Neul Kim graduated from the University of Alberta, with her BFA degree in Technical Theatre Production specializing in Stage Management. She has been stage managing for 10 years and has been Edmonton Opera’s stage manager since 2007. She was also Assistant Stage Manager for many past Edmonton Opera productions including Macbeth, The Barber of Seville, Don Giovanni, La Bohème, Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung, Filumena, Porgy and Bess, Weill in Weimar, 1929, and Madama Butterfly. She was Stage Manager for the University of Alberta’s Centennial festival opera Orfeo, Main Stage Manager for the Royal Visit, and Field Stage Manager for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2005 World Masters Games.

GINA MOE, Assistant Stage Manager Gina is very pleased to be a part of Edmonton Opera’s 2009/2010 season after working on last season’s The Flying Dutchman, and this past fall’s production of Rigoletto and The Pirates of Penzance. Recent credits include: The Oculist’s Holiday (Teatro la Quindicina - SM); Three Mo’ Tenors, Three Mo’ Divas, Cookin’ at the Cookery, Einstein’s Gift, (Citadel Theatre - SM); The Edmonton Queen the Final Voyage (Guys in Disguise Theatre - Director ); Mo and Jess Kill Susie, Cherish, Urban Tales Birfurious, The Busy World is Hushed, Fat Pig, (Northern Light Theatre); Enchanted April, The Road to Moscow (Theatre Calgary - SM); Bitchslap! (Guys in Disguise Theatre - SM); Trying (Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre, Production Stage Manager). Gina is a two-time winner of the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production.

CORALIE CAIRNS, Assistant Stage Manager Coralie is delighted to be returning to the Edmonton Opera. Last year she had the pleasure of assistant stage managing Daughter of the Regiment. Other stage management credits include Shadow Theatre’s production of Uncle Vanya, Henry the Fourth Part Two, The Fever, Ten Times Two, Red Kings Dream and A Year of Winter. She is also a professional stage and film actor.

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Edmonton Opera Chorus’ Opening Night performance is sponsored by the St. David’s Welsh Society of Edmonton Edmonton Opera Chorus’ Tuesday Night performance is sponsored in memory of Gwen Watters

EDMONTON OPERA CHORUS SOPRANO 1 Valerie Andriowski Jill Hoogewoonink Christine Ledig Krista Lessard Debbie Liska Connie McLaws

SOPRANO 2 Katie Jackson Betty Kolodziej Ann Parry Asha Rock Jan Taylor Sanja Zakanji

MEZZO SOPRANO Charlotte Burrowes Linda Farrah-Basford Dilys Kulchitsky Joyce LaBriola Grace Megli-Turner Karen Zabinski

SUPERNUMERARIES Adam Arnold Adam Clarke Fred Deis Brett Farquharson

Alexander Forsyth Terry Ingraham Jacob Liska Michael Rickey

TENOR 1 Tom Hall Milton Liska* Robert Rock Dan Rowley TENOR 2 Greg Caswell Boris Derow Cole McIvor Mat Rose Charles Stolte

BARITONE John Adria Nick Horobec Walter Hsu Andrae Marchak John Yun BASS Lance Beswick Ivan Fedyna Hans Forbrich Shane Taylor

*appearing with the permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association

EDMONTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA William Eddins, Music Director VIOLIN 1 Eric Buchmann Virginie Gagné Broddy Olson Richard Caldwell Joanna Ciapka-Sangster Anna Kozak Debra Belmonte Allyson Lyne Aiyana Anderson 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 Kathy Hogan Andrew Bacon

CELLO Colin Ryan Sheila Laughton Ronda Metszies Gillian Caldwell Derek Gomez Victor Pipkin BASS Jan Urke John Taylor Rhonda Taft Rob Aldridge FLUTE Elizabeth Koch Shelley Younge FLUTE/PICCOLO Elizabeth Faulkner OBOE Lidia Khaner Paul Schieman CLARINET Julianne Scott David Quinn

BASSOON William Harrison Edith Stacey

PERCUSSION Brian Jones John McCormick

HORN Allene Hackleman Megan Evans Gerald Onciul Donald Plumb

HARP Nora Bumanis

TRUMPET Robin Doyon William Dimmer Russell Whitehead Brian Sand TROMBONE John McPherson Kathryn Macintosh Alden Lowrey

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edmonton opera STAFF General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Phillips-Rickey, CA Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Deedrick Artistic Director Emeritus . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Irving Guttman, CM ADMINISTRATION Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim Yakimec Artistic Administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff McCune Resident Conductor/Chorus Director . . . . . . . . . Peter Dala Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Bradford Development Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noel Xavier Audience Development and Communications Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brianna Wells Audience Services Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Valorie Morgan Technical Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clayton Rodney Volunteer Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shelagh Lam Marketing Direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bottom Line Productions Inc.

PRODUCTION AND TECHNICAL Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim Yakimec Technical Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clayton Rodney Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ha Neul Kim Assistant Stage Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coralie Cairns & Gina Moe Head of Wardrobe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deanna Finnman Wardrobe Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brenda Inglis & Michelle Warren Wigs & Hair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nancy Horn & Judy Morley Head of Make Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cathy Nicoll Assistant Make Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noreen Jani Head of Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chantel Fortin Assistant Props. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katie Hartfeil Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Geoff Bacchus Assistant Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greg Brown Head Fly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Al Kliss Assistant Fly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mitch Lalonde Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alison Hardy Assistant Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joseph Race 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: edmopera@edmontonopera.com • www.edmontonopera.com

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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 Noel at 780-424-4040, ext 231. LEADERS ($8,000+) Anonymous C & A Projects Ltd Mr Brian Deedrick Dr & Mrs Frederic & Alma Gojmerac Mr & Dr Irv & Dianne Kipnes Ms Mary Phillips-Rickey & Mr Russ Rickey Mrs Barbara Poole Sir Francis Price & Hon Marguerite Trussler PATRONS ($4,000 - $7,999) Mr & Mrs Jim & Sharon Brown Dr & Mrs Dalton & Kathleen Deedrick Fath Group/O’Hanlon Paving Dr & Mrs Mark & Nancy Heule Dr Laurence Jewell Mr & Mrs Bob & Bev McNally Mr & Mrs Neil & Susan Miller Mr & Mrs Arnold & Grace Rumbold Dr Ed Wiebe & Dr Marcia Johnson BENEFACTORS ($2,500 - $3,999) Tricia Abbott Mr Robert Bradford Richard S. Cook, Esq. Mr & Mrs Patrick & Joan Dea Dr & Mrs Larry & Ellen Eberlein Katz Group Canada Inc Dr Christine Kyriakides Landlink Consulting Ltd. Mr & Mrs Steven & Day LePoole Liquor Depot Charitable Foundation Mr & Mrs Jack & Esther Ondrack Ms Tulane Rollingher Mr Don Scott & Justice Darlene Acton St Davids Welsh Society of Edmonton Dr Anthony Woods & Dr Penny Turner MEMBERS ($1,000 - $2,499) Dr & Mrs Leyland & Martine Adams Ms Ruth Anderson Dr James Archibald & Mrs Heidi Christoph Mr & Mrs Bill & Dorothy Astle Dr & Mrs Sam & Sonia Azer

Mr & Mrs Bradley & Nancy Biamonte Mr & Mrs Larrie & Eleanor Boddy Dr Robert Boman Mr Wayne Branch Mrs Joyce Buchwald Mr & Mrs David & Patricia Cassie Dr Vern Chichak & Mrs Patricia Armitage Dr Mary Chisholm Mr & Mrs Bill & Carole Clark Ms Marian Clarke Ms Elaine Coachman Dr George Dundas & Mr Grant Townsend Mr Donald Edie Ms June Emery Mr & Mrs Heinz & Donna Feldberg Dr & Mrs Joseph Fernando Dr & Mrs Robert & Doreen Fessenden Ms Laura Fitzgerald Mr & Mrs Hans & Susanne Forbrich Mr & Mrs Peter & Astrid Griep Mr & Mrs Alex J Hamilton Mr & Mrs John & Susan Hokanson Ms Linda Louise Hueston IBM Canada Ltd Mr H L Irving Mr & Mrs William & Patricia Jaschke Dr & Dr Royce & Mary Ann Johnson Dr Bill Johnston Mr Harold Kingston & Mrs Marie Desrochers Dr Brian Kucey & Dr Elena Hernandez-Kucey Mr & Mrs Peter & Jean Langford-Jones Mrs Florence Lede Mr & Mrs Mark & Nina-Leigh Lindsay Dr Joan Lopatka & Mr Bill Rutledge Mr & Mrs Hilliard & Nancy Macbeth Mr & Mrs Stuart & Judy Mackay Maxi Consulting Mr & Mrs Carman & Averie McNary Mr Hugh McPhail & Ms Yolanda Van Wachem Mrs Mary McPhail Dr & Mrs Ken & Gerda Miller Mrs Arliss Miller Ms Risha Milo Dr & Mrs Kyle & Colleen Murray

Dr Julianna Nagy & Dr E W Gauk Mr John Oberg Mrs Eleanor Olszewski Dr & Dr Linda & Gene Pilarski Dr Clarence Preitz Mr Robert Prybysh Dr Leonard Ratzlaff Mr & Mrs Kelly & Renee Redinger Mr & Mrs Jim & Vivian Redmond Mr Alan Rose & Ms Judy Schroder Mrs Hilary Rose Mr Michael Rose Dr & Dr Michel & Sylvie Sauve Mr Warren Schmitz Ms Maria T. Schneider Mr & Mrs Gabe & Connie Shelley Mr Martin Thorne Dr Dennis Todoruk & Dr Susan Stauffer Dr & Mrs Chris J Varvis Dr & Mrs Peter & Joyce Walton Mr & Mrs Peter & Elaine Watson G M Watters Wawanesa Insurance Mr & Mrs Dan & Winnie Wiart Mr Robert A Wilson Dr & Mrs Donald & Colleen Wilson Mr Noel Xavier Ms Paola Zanuttini SUSTAINERS ($500 - $999) Miss Joan Bensted Mr & Mrs Carol & David Cass Mrs Sheila Davidson Justice & Mrs John & Ann Dea Mr & Mrs Louis & Marcelle Desrochers Dr Elizabeth A Donald Mr & Mrs Ivan & Ksenia Fedyna Mr A R Grynoch Dr Karen Hofmann & Mrs Pamela Hofmann Mr & Mrs Douglas & Dorothy Hollands Ms Jodi Howard Icon Omega Developments Ltd Dr Lorne Kott Mrs Mary LeMessurier Mr & Mrs Constantino & Barbara Loutas Mr & Mrs Stephen & Lynn Mandel OTELLO 41


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. Dr Ken & Karen Powell Dr Devon J Mark & Dr Geoffrey H Worsley Dr Allen Vander Well Mr Edwin Radke Mr & Mrs George & Gloria Zaharia Mr Les Moss Miss Carolynne E Ross GUARDIANS Mr Luke Orsini Dr E J Rudnisky & ($150 $249) Ms Iris Diduck-Rudnisky Mr & Mrs Russell M Purdy Anonymous Ms Kathleen Ryks Ms Marlene Regehr Mr & Mrs E.B. Allan Dr Werner Schulze Dr Ian Reid Ms Nancy Aust Mr & Mrs Doug & Devika Short Ms Helen J Scott Ms Diana M Bacon Mr & Mrs Gerry & Barbara Sinn Mr & Mrs Michael & Nance Smith Mr & Mrs Walter & Stella Baydala Mr David Steer Mrs Eira Spaner Ms Millie Stefanick Ms Stella Varvis & Mr Paul Grossman Mr & Mrs Alan & Alice Bell Dr Janis Blakey Miss Anne Strack SUPPORTERS Ms Marion Boyd Mrs J Sult ($250 - $499) Mr & Mrs Ross & E. Muriel Cheriton Mr & Mrs Michael & Heime Thwaites Anonymous Ms Jane Chevalier Mr William Tonn Mr & Mrs Lucie & Armand Baril Mr Donald Chisholm Ms Karen Trace Mr & Mrs R J Buck Mr Joseph Collier Ms Donna Trenholm Mr Grant Cameron Dr & Mrs D.R. & Suzanne Colter Mr Melvin Tussman Ms Janet Carle Mr & Mrs Milton & Sharon Davies Mr Harold Veale Mr Malcolm Catherall Ms Josephine DiPinto Dr Knut Vik Mrs Phyllis Clark Dr & Mrs R.J. & Janet Dmytruk Mr & Mrs A.C. Visman Mr Charles Cobban Dr Wendy Doughty & Mr Jim Klingle Dr Bryn Whittaker Dr Diane Cox & Mr Sandon Cox Mr & Mrs Arthur & Heather Dowling Mr Paul Wilde Ms Brenda Dale Mr & Mrs Frank & Muriel Dunnigan Mrs Dawn Wrightson Ms Nora Dickenson Mr Martin Dupuis CONTRIBUTORS Mr A M Easton Ms Noella Fagnan ($100 - $149) Ms Moira Finley Mr Werner Fenske Anonymous Mr & Mrs Shirley & Jim Funk Mrs Lois Field Ms Lorna Gawlinski Dr & Mrs Peter & Barbara Allen Dr & Mrs Kevin & Rachel Foster Mr Walter Goetz Mr Craig Aumann Mrs Beckie Garber-Conrad Dr Gabor Gyenes & Ms Erika Mullner Mr & Mrs Charles & Ann Grant Mr & Mrs H Baadsgaard Dr Zenia Hawrysh Ms Vicki Barrow & Ms Julie Maines Ms June Greig Mrs Alexandra Hildebrandt Ms Marika Birkill Mr & Mrs K Heavenor Mr & Mrs James & Hasmik Houlder Mr Dennis Blumenthal Ms Cathryn Heslep Dr Erika & Mr Robert Dr Grace Bokenfohr Ms Lois Hingley Juthner-Krtschan Mrs Thomas Bray Mrs Barbara Howarth Ms Loretta Klarenbach Ms Jennifer Brown Dr Sheila L Hughes Mr & Mrs David & Sandra Kraatz Ms Sharon E Campbell Ms Isabelle Jadoul-Cremer Ms Edith Krawchuk Mrs Anne Campbell Dr & Mrs Pavel & Sylva Jelen Mr & Mrs Igor & Galia Kwetny Mr & Mrs John & Rhonda Campbell Ms Donna Kanewischer Mr C N Lund Ms Janet M Clark Dr Elizabeth Krause Ms Brenda Macdonald Dr Patricia Clements Mr & Mrs John & Diane Kuzyk Mr & Mrs Bob & Debbie Mandlis Ms Valerie Cload Mr & Mrs Jack & Diane Latham Mrs Oline Markine Mr & Mrs Michael & Eva-Maria Day Mr Brian Lesyk Dr & Mrs John & Peggy Marko Mr & Mrs James & Gail Defelice Mr F C Loehde Mr Alan Mather & Ms Betty Lou Docherty Mr Larry Mackay Mrs Helgard Proft-Mather Mrs Marion Elder Reverend Joseph MacNeil Mr & Mrs D McGettigan Mr Daniel Ellerington Mrs Elizabeth McAra Mr & Mrs Aaron & Jean Oshry Miss Marilyn Elliott Mrs Marjorie McIntyre Dr & Mrs Edward & Geri Papp Mr Rick Ewasiuk Mrs Linda Medland-Davis Mrs Fay Plomp Mr & Mrs Alfred & Coleen Falk Ms Kathleen Meyer Mr David Rees & Ms Linda Miller Ms Grainne Finegan Miss Frances Mielke Mrs Alexandra Sanderman Ms Karin Fodor Ms Christine Nelson Dr Peter Smith Ms Evangeline Forcier Mr John Ogilvy Mr & Mrs Cts Sydie Mr & Mrs O Gloeckler Dr Thomas O’Leary Mr & Mrs Howard & Joan Welch Ms Margaret Golberg Mr Frank Palko Dr Lorraine Wilgosh Dr & Mrs George & Teresa Pemberton Dr & Mrs G Goldsand Mr & Mrs Hans Hahn Ms Lorraine Person 42 OTELLO


Kate Halliwell Dr & Mrs R Haryett Mr Laurie Hawn Dr & Mrs T Hayashi Dr & Mrs R Henderson Mrs Dorothy Heule Mr & Mrs Ron & Lavon Holgate Mr Mike Hruska Mrs Yvonne-Marie Johnson Mr & Mrs H.S. Kent Mr Alen Krticic Mr & Mrs Bud & Gloria Kushnir Mr Richard Loken Mr & Mrs Doug & Joan Longley Mr & Mrs Richard Lyne Ms Marion MacIntyre Mrs Berniece Malone Miss Antoinette Marchand Ms Joan H Marshall Mrs Alberta McIntosh Ms Janet Millar & Mrs John Collier Mrs Ruth New Ms Nancy Nimmon Ms Sharon Nowicki Dr Hanne Ostergaard Mrs Isabel Paddon Mrs Yvonne Rekken Dr Neil Roberts & Ms Barbara Stewart Mr & Mrs Alex & Mary Lou Rose Ms Barbara Sadler Wells Mrs Kathleen L Savey Mr & Mrs Tom & Bev Sawyer Ms Kierstin Smyth Mrs J W Snaddon Mrs Ruth Starr Mr Don W Strang Mr Dennis Vance Mr & Mrs Alan & Betty Vladicka Chief Justice Allan Wachowich & Mrs Elizabeth Wachowich Ms Delia Waldock Mrs E Marie Williams Ms Robyne Wilock

Mr & Mrs Morley & Patricia Workun Mr John Charles Worton & Mrs Jean Mary McBean Ms Twyla Wyllie FRIENDS ($50 - $99) Mr Donald Acton Ms Alandra Allenbright Mr Scott Allison Ms Andreea Bandol Mr E Ross Bradley Ms Sarah Chandler Mrs Chung Chu Dr & Mrs Roger & Carol Cohen Mr Guy Demarino Ms Marilyn Dent Mr Boris Derow & Ms Darcia Parada Ms Isabelle A Donald Ms Sylvia J Duffus Ms E R Elson Mr & Mrs Pat Elzinga & Ms Velda Fulford Mrs Muriel Fankhanel Ms Shirley Gifford Dr & Mrs Dennis & Anne Green Mr Jean Guertin Mr & Mrs John & Marlene Haas Mr & Mrs Jack & Marion Hoffmann Ms Bonny Hubert Ms Evelyn Hutchings Ms Gretl Illmayer Ms Joan Jackson Mr & Mrs Chris & Susan Jensen Mr & Mrs Walter Kaminsky Ms Carla Kolke Ms Ella Kolm Ms Rena Liviniuk Ms Ann Lockwood & Vytenis Gotceitas Mr Jack Longworth Ms Beth Macintosh Mrs Denise Maciver Dr W C Mackay

FRIENDS OF EDMONTON OPERA 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*

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Mr Robert Maranchuk Ms Carmela Marino Ms Shelley Matlock Mr & Mrs John Matthews Ms Donna McGonigle Ms Jacquie Mclellan Ms Margaret Michaud Mr Donald R Milne Mr John Neilson & Ms Susan Cribbs Ms Lea Nicoll Kramer Ms Ann Orsini Ms Jenny Osborn Mr Wayne Paquette Ms C H Parks Ms Lee Anne Pellerin Mr Eugene Phoa Mr Dennis Ralston Ms Lyla M Rodenbour Mr & Mrs Sterling & Donna Sanderman Mr & Mrs George Simmt Mrs Evaline Ulmer Ms Trudy Velichka Ms Lois Verchomin Mr Mark Vigrass Mr & Mrs Doug & Mary Wright DONATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE IN MEMORY OF: Gwen Watters Thank you for sharing and honouring her passion for opera. Only 2009/2010 season donations and/or pledges processed up to March 21, 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 contact Noel Xavier, Development Manager, 780-424-4040, ext 231.

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ENDOWMENT FUNDS 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 2009/2010 Endowment Donors & Aria Legacy Members Opera’s Ivan Steiner Gabor Gyenes Axel Meisen & Endowment Funds: Anonymous (1) Sam & Sonia Azer Family Fund Frederic & Alma Gojmerac Family Fund Canadian Arts and Heritage Fund Edmonton Opera Staff Contributions 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

Patricia Abbott John Adria & Caroline Howarth Peter & Barbara Allen Sam & Sonia Azer Douglas Bingham & Sheila Janki-Bingham Grace Bokenfohr Robert Bradford Katherine Braun Joyce Buchwald David & Carol Cass Marian W Clarke Brian Deedrick Laura Fitzgerald Richard Gain Barbara Gitzel Frederic & Alma Gojmerac

Philip & Virginia Halloran Louise Hayes Brian & Jeanne Hetherington Laurence Jewell Irv & Dianne Kipnes Donna Kittle Betty Kolodziej Libuse Kuzel Christine Kyriakides Shelagh Lam Mary LeMessurier Steven & Day LePoole Stephen & Lynn Mandel Jeff McCune Hugh McPhail & Yolanda van Wachem

Barbara Girard Laurie Mereu Arliss Miller Valorie Morgan Jack & Esther Ondrack Keir Pearson Mary Phillips-Rickey Barbara Poole Francis Price & Marguerite Trussler David Rayner Clayton Rodney Arnold & Grace Rumbold Barry Schloss & Maureen Hemingway-Schloss Richard Schulz Katie Soles Elaine Solez

Michael & Elizabeth Thain David Lorne Tyrrell Chris J Varvis Leslie Watson Noel Xavier Tim Yakimec & Jocelyn Lamoureux Laura Young Additional financial contributions from members of the Edmonton Opera Chorus. A generous endowment gift has been made by the Edmonton Opera Guild In honour of the Edmonton Opera Chorus. OTELLO 45


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Edmonton Opera is grateful for the support of the following Government agencies, sponsors, suppliers and media partners

SEASON SPONSORS

Visual Brand Sponsor

Technology Sponsor

09/10 Education Sponsor

MEDIA PARTNERS

PRODUCTION SPONSORS

Rigoletto Opening Night Sponsor

Pirates of Penzance Opening Night Sponsor

Pirates of Penzance Costume Sponsor

Francis Price & Marguerite Trussler Otello Production Sponsors

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Directors’ Circle Sponsor


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COMMUNITY OUTREACH SPONSORS Dr. Frederic Gojmerac Education Dress Rehearsal Sponsor

Seniors Outreach Sponsor

SIGNATURE EVENT LEAD SPONSORS

Golf Classic Title Sponsor

EXPLORERS’ CLUB

OFFICIAL SUPPLIERS

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Artist Accommodation

Official Florist

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Upcoming

EVENTS May 7, 2010

Early Bird Deadline – Subscribe by this date and be entered to win 2 free subscriptions to the 10/11 Season.

May 15, 2010

Renewal Deadline for Subscriptions.

June 10, 2010

Edmonton Opera presents the 15th annual CGI Golf Classic. For information on sponsorship or to register, call 780-424-4040 ext.231.

June 18, 2010

Edmonton Opera presents Opera al Fresco at the Devonian Botanic Gardens. For more information or tickets, contact the Devonian Gardens at 780-987-3054

June 11– 27, 2010

Opera NUOVA Vocal Arts Festival. Visit www.operanuova.ca for more information.

June 29 – July 25, 2010

Freewill Shakespeare Festival. Productions of Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing play on alternating nights. Tickets are available through Tix on the Square.

Sep. 1 – 15, 2010

Subscribers only pre-sale for tickets to the 2010/11 Season

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