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Dinner Cabaret Season 2016-2017

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A series celebrating Canada’s finest artists through …

WHAT is an Opera NUOVA Dinner Cabaret?

Join us once again for this treasured tradition in the Edmonton arts community. Savour a four course dinner prepared by some of the top chefs in the city of Edmonton, in some of Edmonton’s favourite restaurants. Find yourself immersed in the splendor of singers from across Canada, performing opera classics, art songs and musical theatre standards, interspersed with jewels of new music and hidden gems. One of Edmonton’s best kept secrets!

WHEN do the cabarets take place?

Doors open at 5:15 pm

Dinner & entertainment start at 5:45 pm

Evening ends at approximately 9:00 pm

See the full event calendar below for dates.

Ticket Information

Tickets go on sale September 1st at 10 AM over the phone or online!

  • Tickets are $90 (CAD) per person for each event.
  • Buy a Subscription Pack and save!
    Purchase 4 or more events and receive a discount off your order – ONLY AVAILABLE BY PHONE OR MAIL!

    • 4 event pack – $352 per person
    • 5 event pack – $430 per person
    • 6 event pack – $510 per person
  • Ticket price includes a 4-course meal, tax, gratuity & a $25 charitable tax receipt.
  • Order By Phone through the opera NUOVA box office at (780) 487-4844
  • Online ordering will be available soon

We are really looking forward to seeing you at the Cabarets!

2016 / 2017 Dinner Cabaret Performers

September 25th, 2016

A Feast of Song

Brittany Rae & Simon Chalifoux
with Cheryl Emery, pianist

Brittany Rae HeadshotSimon Chalifoux Headshot

Rigoletto’s CafeRigoletto's Cafe - 10305 100 Ave NW
10305 100 Avenue NW

“If music be the food of love, play on.” Opera NUOVA welcomes back alumni soprano Brittany Rae (Giulietta in I Capuleti e I Montecchi) and bass-baritone Simon Chalifoux (Capellio in I Capuleti e I Montecchi/Colline in La Boheme) to present a program that describes our cabarets perfectly; good food and good music. The program will be sprinkled with selections from David L. Mackenzie’s Creek Bistro Specials, based on a restaurant menu. Brittany recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is building a performance career based in Calgary. Simon completed his Master‘s Degree at Université de Montreal and will be spending this season as part of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program.

October 30, 2016

Intimate Miniatures

Krista Paton with Shannon Hiebert, pianist

Krista Paton Headshot

Select Restaurant - 10018 106 St NWSelect Restaurant
10018 106 Street NW

Although the youngest of our Dinner Cabaret artists, there is nothing diminutive about this powerhouse soprano. Alumni Krista Paton (Rosabella in 2016’s Most Happy Fella Excerpt), possesses an exquisitely velvet tone, nurtured during her time in Wilfred Laurier’s prestigious music program, from which Krista graduated this past spring. She returns home to Edmonton to perform this beautiful collection of unique classical arts songs with an exceptional ability to bring the poetry of these intimate miniatures to life.

November 20, 2016

Touch & Go

Wilmari Myburgh & Maxwell LeBeuf

Wilmari Myburgh's HeadshotMaxwell Theodore Lebeuf's Headshot

Oliveto Trattoria - 500 Riverbend SquareOliveto Trattoria
500 Riverbend Square

This is a concert about life, about the buoyancy that brings us back to the surface after we fall beneath the waves; about the path through the woods when all seems lost; about the moments when happiness is fleeting and all you can do is take a look at the clowns for a smile. Those moments when life seems “touch and go” and then all of a sudden it goes! Wilmari Myburgh (Ado Annie in 2015’s Oklahoma, Lizzie in 2015’s Baby) and Maxwell LeBeuf (Will Parker in 2015’s Oklahoma, Nick in 2015’s Baby) take us through life’s ups, downs, and in-betweens in this exploration of classic and modern musical theatre.

Thank you to Oliveto’s for accomodating us on short notice!

February 19, 2017

Love Through The Ages

Caitlin Wood


Caitlin Wood Headshot
Normands Restaurant - 11639 Jasper Avenue

11639 Jasper Avenue NW

From Shakespeare to Goethe to Shelley and beyond…poets and playwrights of every era have tried to find a way to express the complexities of this thing we call LOVE. Thankfully music adds dimensions of understanding that words can never seem to express. St. Albert’s Caitlin Wood (Nanetta in 2010’s Falstaff, Despina in 2009’s Cosi fan tutte), possesses a “remarkable voice endowed with impressive agility and range”. Caitlin returns home to perform in Edmonton Opera’s Cenerentola, but before she leaves to perform Susanna with Vancouver Opera, she will share this concert, revealing the complexities of this ageless emotion with an eclectic myriad of musical styles.

March 19, 2017

Lyrical Splendour

Tracy Cantin

Tracy Cantin Headshot

Normands Restaurant - 11639 Jasper Avenue
11639 Jasper Avenue NW

“Tracy Cantin’s tour-de-force presence and voice literally shook the audience to the core.”The Phonograph
“That is an international voice.” Edmonton Tourism
“Tracy Cantin, […] struck the tone of passion and power from her first aria, and never flagged.”The Beat Magazine

There isn’t much to say about Tracy Cantin that hasn’t already been said. The University of Alberta grad (BMus 2008) and NUOVA Alumni (Nella in 2009’s Gianni Schicci, Mrs Ford in 2010 Falstaff)  is an opera superstar on the rise! We’re delighted to have Tracy inspire us with her magnificent voice to some of opera’s favourite soprano roles.

April 23, 2017

In the Stardust of A Song

Andrea House

Andrea House Headshot
Sorrentino's DowntownSorrentino’s Downtown
10162 100 Street

With a sensibility that floats between Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Allison Kraus and Norah Jones, Andrea House is a one of Edmonton’s beloved singer-songwriters. Andrea will curate a path through our favourites from the Great American Songbook and its enduring collection of jazz and Broadway standards from the ‘20’s to ‘60’s, while infusing some of her own originals into the mix.

Be sure to take a look at our other events this season:

Tea Muse Website Photo My Favorite Things - Opera NUOVA HMS Pinafore - Opera NUOVA Music Among Friends - Opera NUOVA