Metro/Laurie Callsen Lauren Segal performs an aria from Die Fledermaus during the Edmonton Opera’s announcement of the 2013/2014 season on Monday, January 23 at City Centre Mall.

After five decades, Edmonton Opera is using their anniversary season to make deeper connections with the community, strike new chords and go back to their roots.

On Wednesday, in the middle of a busy pedway during the lunch rush in City Centre Mall, the opera announced three shows for the 2013/2014 season: Salome, Die Fledermaus and Madama Butterfly.

“It’s a lunch hour; it’s a busy place, a happening place, so why not bring opera down from its pedestal,” said Sandra Gajic, Edmonton Opera CEO.

In conjunction with its 50th season, the organization will also be hosting a chorus concert on Oct. 19 as an official celebration. There will also be a competition to encourage Canadian opera work to be submitted to Edmonton Opera, as well as DIY Opera, which will see one local school collaborate with Edmonton Opera to create their own work.

“We are very excited. It really is a milestone for the opera. We are the oldest in the prairie provinces. It’s a great source of pride,” said Gajic.

The Edmonton Opera 2013/2014 season opens Oct. 25 with Salome, which will run Oct. 25, 27, 29, 31.

Die Fledermaus (performed in English), will run Jan. 31, Feb. 2, 4, 6 and Madama Butterfly will run April 4, 6, 8, 10.

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