In one way, shape or form, choruses with the Edmonton Opera have been a part of the arts community since 1963. Choruses are integral to most operas, and the Edmonton Opera's first production of Madama Butterfly would have been no exception.
"...the chorus work was perhaps the best I have seen from Edmonton Opera, especially the marvellous dance where they aped Olympia's jerky movements." – Mark Morris, Edmonton Journal
Approximately 60 Edmontonians make up this professional group — some have music degrees, while others are employed in other professions and pursuits, including lawyers, doctors and students. No one is expected to fluently speak any foreign language — learning the language of the opera, including Russian, German, Italian or French, is all part of the rehearsal process.
"...The Prisoners' Chorus at the end of Act 1 was particularly effective. The men relished the chance to uncover their inner wretchedness for the occasion." – William Rankin, The Globe and Mail
All chorus members share a love for the music, for singing and for being part of a large team of people, to bring the grandest form of theatre and music to life on stage. Many members have been part of the chorus for decades, while others are experiencing their first season.