Edmonton Opera is dedicated to producing great performances that bring the powerful emotions of opera to our community. Our purpose and vision is to present opera that moves and inspires our audiences — individuals, corporate organizations and the three levels of government, all who are partners and sponsors in our community. We are committed to offering high-quality education programs, so we can bring opera to the classrooms, homes and lives of Edmontonians, and contribute to the versatile culture and arts scene in our city.
Since 1963, Edmonton Opera has given voice to opera in the community and throughout northern Alberta. We have been a home to many great singers, directors and musicians.
Strong ensemble lifts Edmonton Opera production of La traviata
The night, however, belonged to baritone James Westman and his standout performance of Giorgio Germont, Alfredo's father. Westman has considerable longevity with this role; he will play Germont for the 200th time in the spring of 2019 in a celebrated career that has spanned two decades.Read More
Edmonton Opera delivers imaginative, inspired Don Giovanni
If love is the soul of genius, as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart once said, what would that make lustful abandon? In the case of one of opera’s best-known "bad boys", a fiery eternity of damnation.Read More
A fiery love triangle: Les feluettes at Edmonton Opera
Kevin March's score is a tour de force: truly sensitive and theatrical. It was tender and loving when it needed to be, with subtle dissonances that hint of the conflict lurking in the shadows. The score magnificently plays homage to the musical language of Debussy and other great French composers of the early 20th century.Read More
"How lucky are we, the children of opera?"
"When she was under 10 I would leave notes with little gifts for her to open and would call frequently. As she got older, these calls became more like interruptions to her and it was obvious that less was more. My husband [and stage director] Michael Cavanagh (her step father since age 3) was also travelling a lot so her normal was parentals coming and going."Read More
Spotlight on: Michael Nyby
"The singer must be a master of their own unique and peculiar instrument, an adept musician with an intricate understanding of rhythm, pitch, function, gesture, etc., functionally proficient in a handful of languages, and a capable dramatic actor. To top it off, the singer must be all of these things at once."Read More
9 ways to fend off a Canadian winter
After all the food is cleared away, the bottles recycled, and once the days of the week start to mean something again, it's time to get back to real life. For us, real life means going to see lots and lots of shows. It's hard to bundle up in the dead of winter and brave the cold for a few hours of music, but we hope to convince you of some of our cold weather picks across Canada to kick off 2016.Read More
Talking with singers: Peter McGillivray
"I came to opera a little bit later," says McGillivray, who studied English, history, and Political Science before turning his attention to singing. "I think it was helpful for me to have to make the conscious decision to study this, because in the end you do decide that it's the only thing you can do."Read More
Idealism & questions about unions
I'll never be quoted as saying that artists deserve to be paid less than they already do. They work incredibly hard in a specialized set of skills. I think it's important, though, to be self-aware in an industry that's ubiquitously almost out of money. Will the unions be the first to adapt to a contemporary opera economy, or should contemporary artists be the ones to take the bold steps for the sake of the industry (perhaps martyring themselves along the way)?Read More
Spotlight on: Lida Szkwarek
Winnipeg-born soprano Lida Szkwarek is a past finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and she makes her Edmonton Opera debut this coming seasons as Micaëla in Carmen. Lida will return to Calgary Opera to sing First Lady in their 2016 production of Die Zauberflöte. She's also sung on stages in Saskatoon and at The Banff Centre; speaking The Banff Centre, I was recently reminded of a beautiful story by a mutual colleague of Lida and mine, where Lida's now fiancé, tenor Michael Marino, proposed to her on the Eric Harvie Theatre stage after a performance of Don Giovanni (#operaproposals?).Read More
Talking with Singers: Jessica Muirhead
Canadian soprano Jessica Muirhead is ready to take the stage as Pamina in Edmonton Opera's production of The Magic Flute, opening January 31st. Jessica last appeared at the Canadian Opera Company as Micaëla in their 2010 production of Carmen. She's stayed busy across the pond at the Vienna Volksoper (Pamina, Agathe, Antonia), Semperoper Dresden (Marguerite, Mimì), and she just finished a touring production of Carmen with Welsh National Opera.Read More
Can Opera Make Money?
Opera doesn't make money, it never has, and we all know it. I was recently asked about opera's economy and why opera companies have never functioned as a for-profit theatre company. The theoretical comparison was between the Canadian Opera Company and Mirvish Productions.Read More