Dr. Dianne Kipnes, member of the TELUS Edmonton Community Board, was pleased to be able to hand deliver a $20,000 cheque to the Edmonton Opera office in late July. Between 2005 and 2011, the Community Fund board has supported more than 250 community projects, investing $3.8 million. Our grant submission was in support of Opera Alive, which fosters opera education and engagement in schools. Opera Alive’s proposal is to repackage the content of the program electronically so more Alberta schools can access the material via the Internet. Last year more than 70 Alberta schools participated in Opera Alive, including several inner-city and First Nations schools.
Edmonton Opera Education
Renovations on the new Edmonton Opera production facility are nearly complete, just in time for the new season. PCL provided construction consulting expertise on the 22,500-sqaure-foot industrial warehouse space in northwest Edmonton. The building was converted to accommodate scenery and prop building, costume building and scenery storage. With the new facility, Edmonton Opera was able to consolidate operations that were scattered across three inadequate spaces in the city, which has resulted in reduced operational costs. The new space will be very busy shortly when the build for Les Contes d'Hoffmann begins.
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Opera patrons will be able to take home memories of this year’s mainstage performances, thanks to a partnership between the Edmonton Opera and the Alberta Craft Council. The opera-specific pieces will be created by local artists in the medium of their choice, and will be available for sale during the run of the production and then at Tix on the Square. Fibre artists, jewelry designers and metalsmiths, wood craftsmen, ceramic artists and glassblowers have already expressed interest in producing exclusive products for the opera.
Alberta Craft Council Info
Have you always considered a trip to Chicago to experience the culture? The last chance to book your spot for a weekend trip to the Windy City is coming up at the end of August! The November opera tour, led by Edmonton Opera CEO Sandra Gajic and Mark Morris, includes two world-class opera productions, a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and opportunities to explore Chicago's visual arts and architectural sites.
Our 40-and-younger group, encore!, has had some exciting changes! With no membership fee to join, encore! offers access to exclusive perks, including 20% off on season subscriptions for any performance night and any section. Members also receive discounts to other Edmonton Opera events including brunch and the ATB Canadian Series, as well as a free glass of prosecco at LUX or Hundred following mainstage productions. Whether you’re making the move from Edmonton Opera Explorers or new to opera, join encore! to see thrilling opera at an unbeatable price!
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Start your weekend with a walk or run! Participate in the Run for the Brave Aug. 25 at the Lecture Training Facility at the Edmonton Garrison. The event, which also includes a kids’ run and family activities, starts at 9:30 a.m. and supports veterans living in CapitalCare facilities throughout the Edmonton region. Registrations for the one-kilometre kids’ run, five-kilometre run or walk or 10-kilometre run are accepted until the run starts. Call 780.448.2413 for more information or register at The Running Room.
Edmonton Opera Administration Office
9720 102 Ave NW
Tix on the Square
9930 102 Ave NW