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Calgary Opera has announced plans to launch a summer festival.

Calgary Opera has announced plans to launch a summer festival. Opera in the Village will take place on the banks of the Bow River Aug. 22-25, and its first production will be Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. Says CO General Director Bob McPhee. "We feel that the time is right to introduce Canada's first outdoor summer opera event and can't think of a better setting than the RiverWalk in Calgary's EastVillage." The cast features Brett Polegato, Tracy Dahl, Colin Ainsworth, Elizabeth Turnbull, Thomas Goerz and David LeReaney. Robert Herriot directs and Gordon Gerrard conducts. The festival site will host numerous family-friendly activities throughout the four days, and there is also an associated two-week opera camp for children 9-14 who will produce their own version of Pirates on the festival site.

At presstime, Calgary Opera also announced the appointment of Christopher Mokrzewski as Resident Conductor, succeeding Gerrard. A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Mokrzewski is also Music Director of Toronto's Against the Grain Theatre and has recently worked on the music staffs of the COC, Opera Atelier and CO.
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Publication:Opera Canada
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Date:Mar 22, 2013
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