While preparing to mount it's anime-inspired production of the Mikado, next month, the Edmonton Opera took time out to announce its three-work 2012-13 season. It has a delightful blend of popera (Verdi's Aïda) and delightful works which see the light of day more rarely (Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman with its luscious Barcarole).
However, the bravest work of the year is certainly the one which finishes the season: Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. The opera, adapted from a poem by Pushkin, is now performed more often because of the free-travel of Russian-singing vocalists but it is still a demanding production for any house. Moreover, despite the imprimatur of Tchaikovsky, it never figures in the average opera-goers top ten (like, say, the ABC - Aïda, Bohème, Carmen). It is, however, a more lucid work than the Russian composer's pot-boiler Pique Dame.
EO will also co-present two Canadian works in its non-mainstage season: Juliet Kiri Palmer's A Wedding (world premiere) and Ana Sokolovic's Svadba - Wedding (an a cappella work in Serbian!). (GLC)
See details of the season here.