Rise Up! Weekends presents Divas Opera
September 2, 2021
The Pioneer on 8th
With generous support from the Calgary Arts Development &The City of Calgary, Divas Opera was proud the be a featured artist for the Rise Up! concert series, that focused on bringing live performance back to Calgary. The Divas decided to present a concert that was fully opera, with Mimi Park on piano. The evening welcomed 83 audience members to the Pioneer, with appropriate physical distancing in place. Over the course of the night, the Divas performed their favourite arias & duets including selections from Verdi, Bizet, Bellini and Ponchielli among others. The night was a huge success with the night being capped by an enthusiastic standing ovation.
Encore! Divas Opera LIVE
August 25th, 2021
Rooftop Patio, Marriott Hotel
After the huge success that was
'The Show Must Go On!'
in September of 2020, Divas Opera was invited back to the Marriott to present another concert event! 'Encore!' was the result. Having more freedom from the Covid restrictions they had to deal with in 2020, the Divas adjusted the concert to be able to welcome more audience members in a safe way. The audience was comprised of 147 very happy people. Joining the Divas was Jill Kotchon (piano), Palladio Music (violin duo), and two young singers from the Renert Solo Voice Studio. The full concert included music from pop, musical theatre, and of course, opera.
The Show Must Go On!
September 15th, 2020
Rooftop Patio, Marriott Hotel
On a particularly cool evening in September, Divas Opera performed for a live audience of 97 people in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic on the rooftop patio of the Marriott Hotel Downtown on historic Stephen Ave.. They were one of the only classical vocal groups to perform live during the pandemic in Alberta. Adhering to extremely strict precautions and working closely with Alberta Health Services, Divas Opera performed/produced an evening that resulted in absolutely 0 cases of Covid-19 and 0 instances of community transmission. An inspiring evening was had by all, and the show did, indeed, go on. Carlos Foggin joined the Divas on the piano.
May 13th, 2019 - Calgary
May 26th, 2019 - Okotoks
June 14th, 2019 - High River
Divas Opera had their debut performance in the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall in the newly opened Calgary Central Library on May 13th, 2019. Making history as the very first, full length classical vocal performance in the space, the sold out audience was captivated by the concert. The Divas produced and performed in a jam packed concert of operas greatest duets and arias. They were joined by pianists Grace King & Carlos Foggin, Eileen Kosasih (violin), Tokie Onoda Brideaux (viola), Duarte da Silva (viola), Ross Lemon (cello), and special guest tenor, Matthew Bruce. Continuing on the success of their debut, the Divas took the concert to High River and Okotoks with great success!
Divas - A Night at the Opera
Cancelled due to Covid-19
A Night at the Opera - Back By Popular Demand
March 14th, 2020 - Lethbridge
March 15th, 2020 - High River
Carrying on their momentum from their debut in 2019, Divas Opera had planned and rehearsed for 2 follow up performances of their 'A Night at the Opera' concert. Being fully rehearsed and ready to go with pianist Bente Hansen, the Divas had promoted and nearly sold out both performances of their tour. Unfortunately, timing was not on their side, as the first restrictions of the oncoming Covid-19 pandemic were announced in Alberta on March 12th, 2020. Having the health and safety of their audience and performers as one of their top priorities, Divas Opera made the decision to cancel both performances. This was the first cancellation that both Kathleen and Barbara had ever made in their careers. They hope to return to both venues when it is safe for everyone.