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Celebrate Alberta Culture Days with operatic flair at Kingsway Mall

Media contact: Cameron MacRae, Director of Marketing and Communications

cameron.macrae@edmontonopera.com; 780.984.3634.

September 26, 2016

To showcase the artistic diversity of our province, Edmonton Opera brings fine operatic offerings once again to the annual celebration of Alberta Culture Days!

“We enjoy a diverse and vibrant culture in Alberta,” says Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism. “It makes us who we are and provides a high quality of life for Albertans, and Edmonton Opera is an important contributor to that.”

As a cultural hub in Edmonton for over 50 years, Edmonton Opera believes that art brings people together. With Alberta Culture Days as a platform, Edmonton Opera will present opera in an unconventional setting — at Kingsway Mall.

“Each year we stage live opera at the Jubilee Auditorium, which is a huge venue. But what happens when we take opera to the middle of a busy shopping mall?” wonders Tim Yakimec, General Director of Edmonton Opera. “I find that it allows the raw power of the human voice to shine through, and the public discovers a newfound appreciation of opera as an art form.”

Located in the centre court of Kingsway Mall, the event titled ‘Around the World with Edmonton Opera’ will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday October 1, with free activities for all ages including arts and crafts, face painting, and a photo booth. At noon and 1:30 p.m., sopranos Victoria Biel and Whitney Sloan will perform arias in various languages to delight the audience and showcase the inherently multicultural art form that is opera.

For more information about the Edmonton Opera Culture Days event on October 1, please contact Cameron MacRae, Director of Marketing and Communications at cameron.macrae@edmontonopera.com or 780.984.3634.

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Celebrate Alberta Culture Days with operatic flair at Kingsway Mall

September 26, 2016

To showcase the artistic diversity of our province, Edmonton Opera brings fine operatic offerings once again to the annual celebration of Alberta Culture Days!

“We enjoy a diverse and vibrant culture in Alberta,” says Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism. “It makes us who we are and provides a high quality of life for Albertans, and Edmonton Opera is an important contributor to that.”

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The scenery and costumes for the production, set on the verge of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, were built locally, in Edmonton Opera's northside production facility.

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"The intense passion and doomed love of Don José and Carmen touches us because we all understand the attraction and ultimate impossibility of a certain kind of love," Lamont wrote in her director's notes.

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