For the third edition of its annual Festival presented by BMO, Vancouver Opera has curated nine days of voice, music, theatre and visual arts for the curious of all ages.
Exploring the theme of Fairytales & Fables, the celebration officially opens on April 27th with performances of the mainstage festival operas. Rossini’s much-loved La Cenerentola (Cinderella) kicks off the day with a 2:00 p.m. matinee at the Vancouver Playhouse. Gounod’s masterpiece, Faust will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The celebration continues with a dynamic series of programs, panels and performances daily from April 27th to May 5th.
by Charles Gounod
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sung in French with English SURTITLES™ projected above the stage
Evening performances 7:30 p.m. Matinée performance 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Sunday, May 5, 2019 • matinee
Gounod’s Faust is the pinnacle of 19th century French opera, it’s full of rich characterization, it’s dramatically exciting, and it’s exuberantly evocative. Faust, an aged and bitter man, sells his soul to Méphistophélès in return for youth and the love of Marguerite, an innocent young woman. By trying to have it all, he loses everything. Gounod’s sensuous and sublimely melodic masterpiece will be presented in a production not seen before in Vancouver. This all Canadian cast features east coast native David Pomeroy and local favourite Simone Osborne. Making his Vancouver Opera debut is To¬ronto native Robert Pomakov, who appears regularly in the world’s greatest opera houses. Jonathan Darlington returns to conduct the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
by Gioachino Rossini
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™ projected above the stage
Evening performances 7:30 p.m. Matinée performances 2:00 p.m. Early matinée performances 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 • matinee
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019 • early matinee/relaxed performance
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Sunday, May 12, 2019 • matinee
In Rossini’s masterpiece, La Cenerentola (Cinderella), the evil stepmother trades places with a malevolent stepfather, the fairy godmother is a philosopher, and the legendary glass slipper is replaced with a bracelet. Nonetheless, the essence of the fairy-tale remains: a magical journey from rags to riches. The opera will be presented in the more intimate Vancouver Playhouse. Led by Maestro Leslie Dala, the orchestra will perform the re-orchestration of Rossini’s score. A refreshingly youthful cast will be directed by Jessie Richardson Award winner Rachel Peake who directed Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for Vancouver Opera in 2017. Vancouver nativeSimone McIntosh, praised for her beautiful, gleaming high mezzo-soprano voice, sings the title role of Cinderella. This popular opera hasn’t been seen at Vancouver Opera since 1981!
Tickets are available exclusively through the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre at 604 683 0222 or online at vancouveropera.ca. Special pricing for groups of 10 or more is available by phone.
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