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Edmonton Opera’s first contemporary opera, Svadba-Wedding, premiered January 12.

Photography by Jason Everitt

For the first time, the Edmonton Opera is presenting contemporary operas such as Svadba-Wedding, starring six female a capella singers telling the story of friends who help prepare a Balkan bride-to-be on the night before her wedding – the show is the perfect marriage of tradition and contemporary thought. Svadba-Wedding premiered January 12, and following the show, 135 people – representing a sold-out house – packed the lobby of C103 (formerly the Catalyst Theatre) for an after-party. Guests, opera subscribers and members of Queen of Puddings, producers of the opera, attended the event and ate cupcakes provided by Cake Couture. “Svadba marks our attempt to present something new, more contemporary – something that appeals to younger audiences. It complements our regular main stage grand operas at the Jubilee. We’re excited to be more versatile,” explained Jelena Bojic, the opera’s director of community relations.

1. Francis Price and Marguerite Trussler

2. Sandra Gajic and Ana Sokolovi

 3. Jacqueline Woodley and Laura Albino

4. Dirine N Mheadhra and Hilary Rose

5. Carla Huhtanen and Shannon Mercer

 6. Marie-Jose Chartier and Nathalie Bonjour

7. Robert Talbot-Jones and Finola Fogerty

8. Ariel Martin-Smith and Joanna Barrotta

9. Sallie Klein and Gunta Dreifelds

10. John Estacio, Elizabeth Turnbull, John Hess and Edward Johnson

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