Opera in the Village

EV hosts the first outdoor summer opera festival in Canada

Today, Calgary Opera announced an exciting new culture venture coming direct to EV's river front door step - Opera in the Village - a 4-day outdoor festival on the banks of the Bow River will be the first outdoor summer opera festival in Canada and EV has front row seats. 

"There are successful summer opera festivals around the world, but until now Canada has yet to take the plunge," says Calgary Opera general director and ceo Bob McPhee. "We feel that this time is right to introduce Canada's first summer opera event and can't think of a better setting than the RiverWalk in Calgary's East Village."

For its first year, Opera in the Village, feature Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance in a 900-seat tent, with six performances over four days. The Pirates of Penzance boasts an all-star Canadian cast with Brett Polegato, as The Pirate King, Tracy Dahl as Mabel, Colin Ainsworth as Frederic, Elizabeth Turnbull as Ruth, Thomas Goertz as the Sergeant of Police and Calgary's own David LeReaney as Major General Stanley. The show is directed by Robert Herriot with Gordon Gerrard returning to conduct the cast and orchestra.

Steps from the Bow River, the festival site will be filled with activity throughout the four days including sword-fighting demonstrations, impromptu opera performances, outdoor movie nights projected on the Simmons Building, food truck visits, and swash-buckling characters of all sorts. The family-friendly event will also include a two-week opera camp for children ages 9-14, which will culminate in a free public performance of their very own mini production of The Pirates of Penzance on the festival site. 

"Rebuilding a community like East Village involves much more than the delivery of critical infrastructure," says Susan Veres, vice-president of Marketing and Communications, CMLC. "It involves building great spaces and programming those spaces to showcase how they are best experienced. Opera in the Village will bring thousands of people to RiverWalk plaza to experience the transformation taking place in this downtown neighbourhood."

Opera in the Village is made possible through the support of presenting sponsor Imperial Oil Foundation, The Government of Alberta, The Remarkable Experience Accelerator Program, Calgary Hotel Association and Calgary Arts Development Authority, The City of Calgary's Event Stimulus Program and festival founders include EV's developer partners, Embassy BOSA and FRAM + Slokker along with Cenovus and Tourism Calgary. 

EV master developer, CMLC, has been working with the Calgary Opera for over four years to bring this exciting event to East Village and we are thrilled to see this vision come to life this summer.

Tickets for the general public go on sale Monday, April 22, 2013 and will be available by calling 403-262-7286 or visiting www.calgaryopera.com/arghh 

See you on the Ship!