Apr 23, 2014 | Post by: St. John's Institute No Comments

Canadian-Made Opera Goes UNDERGROUND

Edmonton, AB (April 23, 2014) All the world’s a stage….and Mercury Opera is using every inch of it!

AliciaposterThe fiercely passionate, uncompromisingly intrepid Daria Parada, Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Mercury Opera, will deliver more than an earful when she brings the voices of 104 Underground:  An Operascape to the Living Gallery at St. John’s Institute on Whyte Avenue.  The live performance will be preceded by a screening of Delsur Productions’ Ukrainian language version of the documentary that chronicles the making of the opera’s 2011 venture into the “underworld.”
Stars of the original production will deliver lives performance, adorned in costuming glamour by Edmonton’s own fearless fashion designer, Natasha Lazarovic of Temna Fialka.  This convergence of immense talent brings classically trained vocalists Lauren Woods, Alicia Woynarski, and Audrina Steciw to Edmonton, to showcase Mercury Opera’s “urban guerrilla attitude [and] their cheeky efforts to take opera to the masses…” (Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal.)  Opulent in its simplicity, the performance promises to be nothing short of stunning.

WHAT: Screening of 104 Underground:  An Operascape a Delsur Productions Film

(Ukrainian language premiere with English titles)

 Live Performance by Mercury Opera


 WHERE: The Living Gallery, St. John’s Institute

11024–82 (Whyte) Avenue

ADMISSION: By donation; complimentary hors d’oeuvres; cash bar
Founded in NYC in 1999, Mercury Opera makes opera relevant and accessible to a wide audience.  Taking over Edmonton’s Bay/Enterprise Square LRT Station, Parada and company staged a production that brought tears and cheers from astonished commuters who chanced upon the event.  Said SUN Media: “[Mercury Opera] blows away all the pretentious cobwebs of the art form… entertaining and accessible… musically virtuosic”.

104 Underground: An Operascape gives audiences the inside edge on the making of the production, following Parada and music director/husband, Boris Derow, as they prepare for opening night.  Bustos’ documentary captures the energy, angst and elation that accompanies this mammoth feat – the life’s passion of Darcia and company.
Customized parking passes for Garneau Safeway available upon request. Media availability with performers following the show.   RSVP to Jen at events@stjohnsinstitute.com or call (780) 439-2320.


Media Enquiries:

Jen Rush

SJI Promotions and Events Coordinator

P: (780) 439-2320 E: events@stjohnsinstitute.com

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