Press Release: After 50 years, the Edmonton Opera still considers this just the overture. So, a new anniversary initiative, 50 Days of Opera, seems like the perfect way to celebrate five decades of contributions to the Edmonton arts community.
For 50 days — starting Sept. 12 through to the closing night of Salome, Oct. 31 — scheduled events include performances, lectures, opera activities and social media initiatives. Updated events can be found at edmontonopera.com/calendar; updates will also be posted on our Facebook page and on Twitter using #edmopera50.
Partnering with like‐minded organizations is critical to the success of this project — planned
performances with the Enterprise String Quartet and the Johann Strauss Ball Dancers (Sept. 13), EPL Squared (Sept. 14), the Vaughan String Quartet (Sept. 22), Alberta Culture Days (Sept. 27‐29), Pecha
Kucha: Designing Downtown (Oct. 5), the Opera Art Project collection preview (Oct. 10), the Viva Verdi Festival (Oct. 11) and a master class at the University of Alberta (Oct. 28) allows the Edmonton Opera to extend its reach and develop new audiences.
Presenting a new concept of Salome for the 2013/14 season opener also provides a great opportunity for the Edmonton Opera to open up the opera process as part of the 50 Days of Opera. Audiences will
be able to tour the production facility where the set was built (Sept. 17), attend a chorus rehearsal (Oct. 15), see a dress rehearsal (Oct. 18) and tour the Jubilee backstage with the set in place (Oct. 29).
The Edmonton Opera’s mandate is to extend the art form to the community, in person and online. This anniversary project also encompasses scavenger hunts and social‐media trivia days, to challenge participants to learn about opera in Edmonton while exploring their city.
For more information about attending any of the 50 Days events, please contact Jelena Bojic, director of community relations, at email@example.com or at 780‐392‐7837.