Offenbach's dark fairytale under the Big Top

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

Les Contes d'Hoffmann Feb. 1, 3, 5 & 7

Director Joel Ivany has taken Offenbach's dark fairytale and placed it under the Big Top, for the Edmonton Opera's production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann.  The poet Hoffmann tells the stories of the three women he has loved (and lost), surrounded by the characters of a 1900s, pre-war travelling circus. 

Follow us on Twitter (@edmontonopera; #HoffmannTales) as cast members and the director share photos and thoughts of rehearsal; we are also posting videos on our OperaEdmonton YouTube channel of the cast talking about their characters. 

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Season launch Jan 23 at noon, City Centre Mall pedway

For a 400-year-old art form, 50 years looks pretty good on the Edmonton Opera. 

Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at noon in the City Centre Mall pedway (near Tim Hortons) when we announce our 2013/14 season, which is also our five-decade anniversary. Along with the announcement of our three mainstage productions, there will also be performances by the artists currently rehearsing for Les Contes d'Hoffmann.

Consider this just the overture. Edmonton Opera, 50 years. 

Opera 101 Jan. 23 at the Art Gallery of Alberta

Discuss the scientific and supernatural themes in Les Contes d'Hoffmann  with literature professors from the University of Alberta, a musicologist, and Camellia Koo, the set and costume designer for Offenbach's dark fairytale. Opera 101 goes beyond the synopsis of the opera and provides historical, political and sociological context to why the production unfolds as it does. Please register for this complimentary event, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Alberta, by emailing Amanda MacRae, education and community outreach coordinator, at or by calling 780.392.7832.

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Valentine's Gala Feb. 14

Spend a romantic evening enjoying circus-themed food and entertainment at this year's Valentine's Gala. This annual event at the Shaw Conference Centre supports two great organizations: the Edmonton Opera and CapitalCare Foundation. To purchase a table of 10, please contact Mary Cousineau at 780.497.3261 or

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