The 2014-15 Calgary Opera main stage season is highlighted by a Canadian premiere, a new production of a familiar favourite, and a traditional masterpiece.
After an expanded two-week Summer Opera Festival featuring Leonard Bernstein’s comic masterpiece Candide, we will move back inside for the 2014-15 main stage season. It includes a Pulitzer Prize winning Canadian premiere and two famous and beloved classics. This larger-than-life season invites Calgarians to experience the intense passions and emotions of fascinating characters caught in extreme situations.
Sung in English, German, French, Italian and Latin with English translations projected above the stage
November 8, 12 & 14, 2014
Calgary Opera opens the 2014-15 main stage season with the Canadian premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning opera Silent Night by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell. Calgary Opera joins many other groups in commemorating the centenary of the start of WWI with this opera that was inspired by true events. It tells the story of a spontaneous truce on Christmas Eve 1914 when combatant troops laid down their weapons to celebrate the holiday together and bury their dead. It is moving. It is dramatic. It is a glimpse of humanity in the bloodiest of times.
A stellar cast includes Sally Dibblee as Anna Sorenson, Roger Honeywell as Nikolaus Sprink, Brett Polegato as Lt. Audebert, Daniel Okulitch as Lt. Horstmayer and James Westman as Lt. Gordon. The production is conducted by Joseph Mechavich and directed by David Gately. Silent Night premiered in 2011 in Minnesota to critical acclaim, sold-out performances and standing ovations for the entirety of its run.
Silent Night is sponsored by BMO Financial Group.
The Marriage of Figaro
Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage
January 31, February 4 & 6, 2015
In late January we present one of Mozart’s most popular operas – The Marriage of Figaro. Through a story of danger and disguise, naivety and resignation, this comic opera features beautifully crafted arias and a brilliant use of ensemble. Considered one of the great operatic masterpieces, The Marriage of Figaro is grand opera at its best.
The cast features Lyne Fortin as Countess Almaviva, Etienne Dupuis as Count Almaviva, Marianne Fiset as Susanna, Josef Wagner as Figaro, and Krisztina Szabo as Cherubino. Conducting this production is Bob Tweten, with stage direction by Brent Krysa. The Marriage of Figaro is sung in Italian. It was last performed at Calgary Opera in 2001 to near capacity crowds. This new co-production will feature a new design by prominent Canadian designer Cameron Porteous, who is best known for his work at the Shaw Festival.
Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage.
April 18, 22 & 24, 2015
As the final mainstage production of the season, Calgary Opera presents an eternal audience favourite – Bizet’s Carmen – a sensational story of seduction, jealousy and deceit. Featuring some of the most recognizable music in opera, Carmen exposes the passions and weaknesses of a fiery gypsy, a naïve soldier, a faithful village girl, and a famous toreador.
This production features a wonderful cast including Sandra Piques Eddy as Carmen, Antoine Belanger as Don Jose, Gregory Dahl as Escamillo, and Jessica Strong as Micaela. Conducted by Timothy Vernon, with stage direction by Alain Gauthier.
Carmen is sponsored by Nexen, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC.
Where & When
- nov 08
Silent NightJubilee Auditorium
- jan 31
The Marriage of FigaroJubilee Auditorium
- apr 18