Optimism: Edmonton Opera 2021-revised plans

by | Jun 10, 2020 | Featured, News

Edmonton Opera 2021 has been unveiled, with revised plans for the upcoming season, offering Canadian opera fans the chance to get tentatively hopeful about the future of live performances. For the first time in its 57-year history, the company has delayed the start of its 2020-2021 season, announcing a January 30, 2021 opening night.

The season begins with Mozart’s Così fan tutte, in a production by François Racine that runs Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, 2021. Six staples of young Canadian talent take on the famed lovers: Jennifer Taverner as Fiordiligi, Stephanie Tritchew as Dorabella, Asitha Tennekoon as Ferrando, Clarence Frazer as Guglielmo, Caitlin Wood as Despina, and Giles Tomkins as Don Alfonso.

Running March 13-19, 2021, is Alain Gauthier‘s production of La bohème, starring Andrew Haji as Rodolfo and Miriam Khalil in their now-signature roles of Rodolfo and Mimì.

Finally, Michael Cavanagh‘s production of Anna Bolena marks this opera’s Western Canadian premiere, running June 25-27, 2021. Tracy Cantin stars in the title role, opposite Catherine Daniel as Jane Seymour and John Tessier as Lord Percy.

Full details, including additional casting information, are available on the Edmonton Opera 2021 website.

Jenna Simeonov

Jenna is the editor and co-creator of Schmopera. She also writes for The Globe and Mail and Opera Canada. She’s a pianist and vocal coach, and working with singers is how she fell in love with opera.