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Monday, March 22, 2010

Edmonton Opera 10-11: Paris - Rome - Barrhead

Edmonton is a city that inspires opera, and, in celebration of this, Edmonton Opera launches a season to delight and thrill Edmontonians in 2010-2011. The mystery and romance of Paris come alive with Puccini’s La Bohème; sharp silliness abounds with shipwrecks, sultans and stranded sopranos in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio; love and revenge mingle with power and beauty in Puccini’s Tosca; and Rossini is revised and relocated to the Alberta Klondike with Barber of Barrhead.
Edmonton Opera 2010-2011 season subscriptions are on sale now via the company’s box office, call 780-429-1000 or visit www.edmontonopera.com for details. The deadline to renew current subscriptions is May 15, 2010. Single tickets for 2010-2011 performances go on sale September 15, 2010.
Puccini - La Bohème
October 23, 26, 28, 2010 – 7:30pm
The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Everyone has experienced the hope and loss of first love, and Puccini takes this universal experience to new heights with the perennial favourite, La Bohème. In the gritty world of Parisian ghettos, Rodolfo, a young poet, has his life turned upside-down by his passionate love for the fragile and doomed seamstress, Mimi.

Mimi – Laura Whalen
Rodolfo – Eric Fennell
Musetta – Alison Angelo
Marcello – Étienne Dupuis
Colline – Jon-Paul Décosse
Schaunard – Benjamin Covey
Benoit / Alcindoro – Doug MacNaughton
Conductor – Steven Osgood
Director – Brian Deedrick

Edmonton Opera Chorus
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Mozart – The Abduction from the Seraglio
February 5, 8, 10, 2011 – 7:30pm
The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sung in German with English supertitles
Edmontonians know a little laughter lights up a cold, dark February night, and Mozart’s musical wit warms opera audiences with the comic romance The Abduction from the Seraglio. Young Belmonte journeys to the exotic East to rescue his beloved Konstanze, who’s been imprisoned by an amorous Pasha, and madness ensues as the lovers battle to outwit a bumbling and jealous vizier.
Kostanze -- Charlotte Corwin
Belmonte – Colin Ainsworth
Blonde – Carla Huhtanen
Pedrillo -- Lawrence Wiliford
Osmin – Dean Elzinga
Pasha Selim – David McNally

Conductor – Peter Dala
Director – Michael Cavanagh

Edmonton Opera Chorus
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Rossini revised! – The Barber of Barrhead
February 15 - 26, 2011 - various times
The TransAlta Arts Barns – Westbury Theatre
Sung in English with English dialogue
A collaboration between Edmonton Opera and Fringe Theatre Adventures takes family fun from Seville, Spain and into the Alberta Klondike for The Barber of Barrhead. Prospectors seek and lose their fortunes during the Gold Rush, as Figaro, a barber and jack-of-all-trades, endeavours to unite the young Al with his love Rosie, despite the dastardly innkeeper Bart’s devious dealings.

Rosie – Dionne Sellinger
Al – Rob Clark
Figaro – John Conlon
Bart – Joel Klein
Director/ Adapter – Ann Hodges

Puccini – Tosca
April 9, 12, 14 2011 – 7:30pm
The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
A tale of desperate choices embroiled in art and politics concludes the 2010-2011 season with Tosca, Puccini’s darkest and most powerful masterpiece. Tosca, a fiery and passionate diva, struggles over whether to surrender to Rome’s brutal Chief of Police to save the man she loves.
Tosca – Yannick-Muriel Noah
Cavaradossi – Robert Breault
Scarpia – Nathan Berg
Angelotti/Sciaronne – Tom Goerz
Sacristan/ Jailer – Alexandre Sylvestre
Spoletta – Keith Klassen
Conductor – Robert Tweten
Director – Robert Herriot

Edmonton Opera Chorus
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra


For more information about Edmonton Opera’s productions and programs, to view its season launch video featuring Artistic Director Brian Deedrick or to download a subscription form, please visit www.edmontonopera.com.  

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