One of the things close to my choir girl heart is the Opera Chorus. Yes, I realize that since I was a member, I have a complete bias towards these group of performers. However, when I entered the chorus for Tales of Hoffmann, I was just mesmerized by the diversity of talent and background of my fellow choristers. I was exposed to a new group of people in the city; many of whom I had never come across in my years of community choral singing.
These singers exude boundless energy on stage, take independence for creating their individual characters, and help to bring the world of the Opera to life. The chorus plays a large role, not by merely populating the stage, but by filling in the emotional and visual energy of the stage. They memorize pages of Russian during music rehearsal, sweat through hours of dance rehearsal to portray the posh flair of aristocratic Russia, and don heavy costumes underneath hot stage lights. These are not conditions for a performer lightweight.
Photography by Nanc Price
As well, the Edmonton Opera Chorus is booking auditions on May 3-5, 2013 for their 2013-14 season. This season includes Die Fledermaus (sung in English) and Puccini's Madama Butterfly (sung in Italian and features the famous "Humming Chorus"). Getting paid to sing? The best.
|Friday, April 19, 2013||8:00 pm||Purchase online|
|Sunday, April 21, 2013||2:00 pm||Purchase online|
|Tuesday, April 23, 2013||7:30 pm||Purchase online|
|Thursday, April 25, 2013||7:30 pm||Purchase online|