Event - Music

March 23, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PMConvocation Hall, 116 St. & 85 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E6, Canada

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The University of Alberta’s Opera Workshop Ensemble is busy preparing to open L’étoile, a zany gem of French operetta by composer Emmanuel Chabrier. The production marks the ensemble’s return to performing original language works and features a talented cast of emerging singers from within the Department of Music’s Voice Area. In addition, the performers will be accompanied by a small orchestral ensemble. 

The plot of L’étoile is simple: an oppressive king looks forward to his birthday every year because he has the chance to execute someone in front of the whole kingdom. He chooses his unlucky victim, the travelling peddler Lazuli, but things get complicated when the king’s chief astrologer, Siroco, reveals that Lazuli’s fate is tied to the king’s. If Lazuli dies, the king will too! Add in a love triangle and a confusing case of mistaken identities and it is an entertaining and hilarious night at the opera. The silly story is set to Chabrier’s delightful score, full of catchy chorus numbers, clever ensembles, and beautifully lyric arias. 

The production team, made up Opera Workshop director Shannon Hiebert, conductor Sara Brooks, and director Jez Zbozny Del Percio (making her Edmonton debut) have created a stylized and colourful show. A minimalist set and movement-based staging have allowed the performers to create their own imaginative kingdom. The cast and team are equally excited to share their work with Edmonton audiences in the upcoming weeks. 

The Opera Workshop Ensemble’s production of L’étoile will be performed in French with English dialogue and supertitles. Performances take place on Friday March 23rd and Saturday March 24th in Convocation Hall at 7pm. Admission is free. 

The University of Alberta Opera Workshop Ensemble provides students of a variety of backgrounds with training in opera and musical theatre performance, offering practical knowledge and performance opportunities. Areas of study this year have included the preparation of solo and ensemble repertoire, vocal health, stagecraft, and career guidance.

Admission is Free