Paul Lorieau is best known for singing the National Anthem for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League from 1981 to 2011. But did you know Paul Lorieau actually started performing on the opera stage? Mr. Lorieau played the role of Beppe in Edmonton Opera’s 1964 production of Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci.
Backstage before the performance, Paul met Robert Clark (a local Edmontonian); where they compared notes, as they both played Beppe in Pagliacci. Robert had many questions for Mr. Lorieau asking what it was like to perform with Edmonton Opera back in the 60’s, to which he replied “The same great energy is still here.” The Edmonton Opera Chorus was elated to meet Mr. Lorieau; they surrounded him and took turns asking questions, as cast and crew prepared for the final run of the 2011 Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci at the Jubilee.
During intermission, Paul Lorieau (Beppe) and Kathryn Forrest (Lola) reunited on October 27, 2011. They reminisced about the production, cast, and crew but most importantly the lifelong memories and friendships made. When presented with the original 1964 playbill, laughter and joy filled the room as everyone flipped through the pages.
When asked what his favourite memory is from performing with Edmonton Opera he stated, “It was a truly memorable experience, from the cast to the costumes, it is a time I will never forget!”