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07|08 Season

Media Release
For immediate release
January 10, 2007

Opera Hamilton Unveils its 2007/08 Season – an Exhilarating Combination of New Energy with Timeless Classics

POPERA – Margison and Company
Jules Massenet WERTHER

Hamilton, ON. – A season with “something for everyone” was unveiled today by Opera Hamilton’s General Director, David Speers at Lo Presti’s at Maxwell’s to an enthusiastic audience of media, company supporters and government representatives. Youngsters from the Buchanan Park Opera Club helped announce the company’s opening production of its 2007/08 season with a specially created skit in full period costume.

“We are thrilled to present a four production series for 2007/08, with programming to attract all facets of Opera Hamilton’s audience base.” Says Mr. Speers. “Creating a season that appeals to as broad an audience as possible while maintaining our commitment to artistic excellence and promoting Canadian talent is an art of itself. We also have to ensure that our pricing remains accessible.” The 2007/08 season hits all those marks; a broad repertoire that attracts the young and the young at heart, the opera novice and the opera buff – all for as little as $17.50 per show if you subscribe to all four productions. Performances will be held at the Great Hall at Hamilton Place.

Opera Hamilton will launch its season with Mozart’s musical melodies and imaginative spirit in The Magic Flute on October 18th and 20th. Shannon Mercer, touted as “one of Canada’s most promising sopranos” (McLean’s) will return to Opera Hamilton in the role of princess Pamina, who inspires prince Tamino’s quest for love, wisdom and enlightenment. Opera Hamilton will be presenting the work using the mystical set from the Opera Company of Philadelphia, featuring lush forests and vibrant skies – a visual experience unlike any other Magic Flute productions in the region.

POPERA – Margison and Company
On November 22nd and 24th, opera fans will be delighted with the return of Maestro Daniel Lipton for POPERA, highlighting the world’s best loved arias and ensembles to be performed by Richard Margison, along with Metropolitan Opera soprano, Sondra Radvanovsky, Australian baritone Daniel Sumegi and mezzo soprano Catherine Keen – truly a night to remember.

Massenet – WERTHER
Opera Hamilton will be treating its long-term subscribers and opera enthusiasts to its premiere of Massenet’s Werther February 7th and 9th, 2008. Based on Goethe’s Sorrows of the Young Werther, Massenet’s exquisite opera follows the exploits of the hopeless romantic as he navigates the ecstasies and sorrows of eternal, yet tragic, love. Canadian Mezzo Soprano Kimberly Barber will depict the conflicted Charlotte, who finds herself torn between the affections of two good men, one of which will be portrayed by Burlington resident and “vibrant baritone” Alexander Dobson (The Globe and Mail).

Finally, even those with the steeliest of hearts won’t help but weep for Cio-Cio-San, the Japanese child bride betrayed by her American Lieutenant husband in Opera Hamilton’s newly staged production of Madama Butterfly; Puccini’s classic and one of the world’s most beloved operas. Soprano Ai-Lan Zhu has become an expert at portraying Cio-Cio-San, having performed the role at the Royal Albert Hall in London, L’Opera de Montreal, Opera de Quebec, Vacouver Opera, Opera Carolina and the Austin Lyric Opera. Cio-Cio-San’s disloyal husband, Lieutenant Pinkerton will be played by tenor Roger Honeywell, who’s current season includes Philadelphia Opera’s Rodolfo in La Bohème, as well as the world premiere of The Grapes of Wrath, composed by Ricky Ian Gordon.

The Company will begin its subscription renewals this week, opening up new subscriptions to the public after the renewal deadline of May 15, 2007. Seasons tickets range from as low as $70 up to $340 for the four productions, and seniors, students and groups can obtain additional price savings. Those interested in purchasing a subscription that do not already have one to the 2006/07 season can call 905-526-6556 to join a priority waiting list.

Opera Hamilton would like to thank Lo Presti’s on Maxwell’s for hosting the event and the Buchanan Park Opera Club, with their leader Dawn Martens for participating in the announcement.

For more information:

Kimberly Neil
Marketing Manager
Opera Hamilton
105 Main Street East, Suite 905
Hamilton, ON L8N 1G6
905-527-7627 x235