Edmonton Opera announced their 2020/21 season today and here are the exciting details!
EO kicks off their 2020/21 season when La Bohème comes to the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Oct. 24, 27 & 30, 2020 in a revival of their 2010 production. The cast features Miriam Khalil in what is becoming her signature role, Mimì. She recently appeared as Puccini’s consumptive heroine with Calgary Opera and Canadian Opera Company. Tenor Andrew Haji makes a company debut as Rodolfo, as does baritone Peter Barrett as Marcello. After singing the Countess in EO’s Feb. 2020 The Marriage of Figaro, Lara Ciekiewicz returns as Musetta with Stephen Hegedus as Colline and Aaron Dimoff as Schaunard. Alain Gauthier directs and Peter Dala leads the musical forces.
The new year begins with Mozart’s Così fan tutte, last performed by EO in 2001. The show runs Jan. 30, Feb. 2 & 5, 2021. The cast and creative team features some significant company debuts including soprano Jennifer Taverner as Fiordiligi, Asitha Tennekoon as Ferrando and Cuban-born conductor Cosette Justo Valdés. Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Tritchew (Cherubino in EO’s Feb. 2020 The Marriage of Figaro) is Dorabella, baritone Clarence Frazer is Guglielmo, soprano Caitlin Wood (EO’s Susanna and Cunegonde in their 19/20 season) sings Despina and Giles Tomkins is Don Alfonso. François Racine directs a brand new staging that will be constructed at the company’s dedicated production facility.
The Edmonton Opera season finishes off with the Western Canadian premiere of Donizetti’s Tudor drama, Anna Bolena on Mar. 13, 16 & 19, 2021. The production marks the welcome return to EO of some serious big-gun stars: soprano Tracy Cantin takes on the title role of Henry VIII’s beleaguered wife, Anne Boleyn, a role she sang to great acclaim at Canadian Opera Company in 2018, jumping in for superstar Sondra Radvanovsky. Mezzo-soprano Catherine Daniel sings Anna’s rival in love, Jane Seymour; Edmonton-based tenor John Tessier is the object of their affections, Lord Percy and bass Kirk Eichelberger is the divorce-happy King Henry VIII. Another brand new production, this time directed by Michael Cavanagh. Musical direction by Peter Dala.
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