Viva Verdi Gala Concert

Viva Verdi Viva Vittorio Emanuele RE d"TItaliaThe Gala Concert at the Winspear Centre, Friday evening October 11th at 7 pm is the musical culmination of the Verdi Festival and features the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, Edmonton Opera Chorus, soloists and instrumentalists. The program focus is “Verdi’s Greatest Works” – “I Capolavori Verdiani.” Favourite works from the Verdi repertoire were chosen by Edmonton Youth Orchestra Music Director Michael Massey and Artistic Director Emilio De Mercato with the assistance of former Edmonton Opera Artistic Administrator and Chorus Director Michael Spassov. Feature selections are from the operas Ernani, Nabucco, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Don Carlo, Otello and Aida.

Edmonton Opera soloists and the EO Chorus will be accompanied by the Edmonton Youth Orchestra Senior Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Massey. Piano transcriptions will be played by pianists Emilio De Mercato and Stephanie Kwan. Two movements of the unique Verdi Quartet will be performed by the Vaughan String Quartet. In addition, the Appennini Folk Dancers will be performing to the “Matadors and Gypsies” chorus from La Traviata. Everyone will go away humming one of their favourite arias, such as the “Va pensiero” chorus of the Hebrew slaves from Nabucco, just as they did from Italian opera houses in Verdi’s time!

The Edmonton Verdi Festival would like to acknowledge the work of Peter Dala who has prepared the Edmonton Opera Chorus for the concert, supplying the music and taking on administration responsibilites. Tim Yakimec, Edmonton Opera Interim Business Manager has kindly taken charge of stage direction.

The Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton, Alberta.The Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton, Alberta.

Stacey Brotzel, Co-host, Verdi Gala Concert

Stacey Brotzel, Co-host, Verdi Gala ConcertStacey’s sixth grade teacher Ms. Clement wrote these prophetic words on one of her assignments: "Great story, maybe one day you will be a journalist." Now a veteran news anchor and reporter with a keen sense of what Edmontonians want in their morning news, Brotzel has developed her craft working for a variety of local television stations throughout western Canada. A graduate of NAIT, Brotzel has covered the Edmonton news beat since 1997. Her commitment to viewers is evident in her observation: "We’ll not only let our viewers know what happened while they were sleeping, but hopefully they’ll leave the house with a smile on their face as well."

Stacey is Co-Host on CTV Morning Live (5:30 to 9:00 am).

Stacey Brotzel’s participation as the co-host of the Viva Verdi Gala Concert is made possible by CTV

Orest Soltekevych, Co-host, Verdi Gala Concert

Orest Soltekevych, Co-host, Verdi Gala ConcertBorn and raised in Edmonton, Orest fell in love with classical music during his studies at the University of Alberta in music education. He then began his career teaching junior high band, and currently works as an educator. Orest founded the Ukrainian Male Chorus in 1984, and is its current conductor. He has sung with the Richard Eaton Singers and Da Camera Singers, and is currently a member of Kappella Kyrie. His passion is choral music, which he feels is one of man's greatest accomplishments - celebrating the beauty of the human voice in harmony with other singers!

Orest is the host of the Saturday and Sunday Breakfast show on CKUA (6 to 9 am).

Orest Soltykevych’s participation as the co-host of the Viva Verdi Gala Concert is made possible by CKUA

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