Magazine article Opera Canada

Edmonton

Magazine article Opera Canada

Edmonton

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Edmonton's Opera Nuova, a training program for young singers, celebrated its 10th anniversary in June with a staging of Johann Strauss Jr.'s Die Fledermaus set in 1973 New York and a conventional production of Mozart's Die Zauberflote.

Director Michael Cavanagh's highly entertaining Die Fledermaus featured as consistently good a cast as I've ever heard in an Opera Nuova production, with a couple of outstanding singers. The Rosalinde of University of Manitoba grad Jessica Strong, a confident and accomplished soprano, was the vocal anchor in this cleverly updated version. Projecting well musically, she also projects character with a real performer's pleasure. Mireille Asselin, now at the outset of a Master's degree in opera at Yale, was a delightful Adele. She has a vivacious stage presence and a soprano that both charms and brightens a room. Though not as good as these two, the rest of the student cast were nonetheless a credit to such excellent mentors as baritone John Fanning, mezzo Judith Forst and soprano Joanne Kolomyjec, the core of this year's Opera Nuova faculty. …

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