Naomi Forman Productions



Press Release 18/06/2015 
For Immediate Release: Re: Winnipeg Fringe Festival, July 15-25, 2015
The Telephone, an opera by Gian Carlo Menotti

Naomi Forman Productions and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival present:
THE TELEPHONE Opera, July 15-25, 2015
Venue #9: Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, U of W

A gleeful ménage-à-trois, the opera tells the tale of a man, a woman and… her telephone??

LOVE IS ON THE LINE in Gian Carlo Menotti's bite-sized comic opera about a man, a woman, and her telephone.  Set in the 1950’s, Lucy (played to the hilt by soprano Naomi Forman) is obsessed with her new telephone, and her beau Ben (beautifully sung by baritone David Klassen) can’t get a word in edgewise. Hullaballoo ensues, with a delightful twist in the ending. Pianist Madeline Hildebrandt’s radiates talent and is delightful to see and hear.

Sung in English and brought to you by the creator of the 2010 Fringe hit StarBach’s: The Coffee Cantata (CBC****) it’s opera like you’ve never seen it before! The professional cast is composed of faculty from Manitoba’s top music schools; BU, CMU and U of M, with direction by David Klassen. All three artists have had solo engagements with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and bring a wealth of experience gained from solo engagements with companies such as The Manitoba Opera Association, Dry Cold Productions, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.  Revel in the beautiful acoustics of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at the University of Winnipeg and enjoy the sounds of the Ashkenazy Steinway Grand Piano. The hall is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.

Audience: General Running time: 45 minutes
Tickets: $10 General admission, available at
or call (204) 942-6537
Venue 9: Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg. 515 Portage Avenue

Show times: Wed July 15 8pm, Fri July 17 1:45pm* (*1/2 price matinee), Sat July 18 7pm, Mon July 20 12pm Tue July 21 4:45pm, Wed July 22 10:15pm, Fri July 24 3:15pm, Sat July 25 5:30pm

For further information or to arrange an interview, please call/text Naomi Forman
(204) 724-6258 ,


THE TELEPHONE features faculty members from all three of Manitoba’s major music schools; Brandon University, Canadian Mennonite University and the University of Manitoba.

David Klassen: Director / Ben
Noted for his “rich baritone” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) and praised for his savvy stagecraft, David Klassen’s versatility as a performer has brought him to the stage in New York, Minnesota, throughout the Canadian Prairies and beyond. Operatic performance highlights include the Minnesota premier performance as Valmont in Susa’s Dangerous Liaisons and an award-winning performance of the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Equally comfortable on the opera, oratorio and concert stages, Mr. Klassen has been engaged as a soloist by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Saskatoon Opera, Groundswell, The Chamber Players of St. Paul, Brandon Chamber Players and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra singing for a Canada Day audience of thirty thousand.  Directing credits include Anne of Green Gables (Steinbach Arts Council) and Die Fledermaus and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Canadian Mennonite University).

Naomi Forman: Lucy
“Mesmerizing” wrote the Winnipeg Free Press. “While she was onstage you couldn’t take your eyes off her – she has that kind of star power.” Naomi Forman is a soprano who refuses to be put in a box with credits that run the gamut from Mozart to Musical Theatre. Recent engagements for this versatile singing actor include Manitoba Opera, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Bach Festival Society, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and the Brandon Chamber Players. Most recently, she sang the role of Alice in Dry Cold’s production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Her production company, Naomi Forman Productions, created “StarBach’s: The Coffee Cantata”; an updated version of Bach’s classic for the triple-soy-venti set. Forman is a voice instructor at Brandon University.

Madeline Hildebrandt: Piano
Acclaimed Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker describes Maddy as “an extraordinary young artist whose communicative skills convey the essence of all that she plays. Her pianism is of the highest level, and she has an instinctive understanding of beautiful sound.” Her playing has taken her from coast to coast in Canada and America, Italy, and Romania. Recent engagements include a concerto performance with the Thunder Bay Orchestra, a house concert tour throughout Manitoba with flutist Haley Marie, a cross-Canada tour with soprano Sarah Kirsch, and chamber music concerts with many of Winnipeg’s foremost classical musicians. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia where she studied under distinguished pianist Jane Coop, and teaches piano at CMU.

Prepared by Naomi Forman Productions, (204) 724-6258


Please direct all enquiries to  (204) 724-6258