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Vancouver Opera Festival presents three full-scale opera productions

Queen Elizabeth Theatre17 Oct '19 to 02 May '20 @ 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Vancouver Opera Festival presents three full-scale opera productions

Vancouver Opera presents Verdi’s La Traviata, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and the West Coast premiere of Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera, based on lyrics and music of Roger Waters’ The Wall.

The season opens with the well-loved classic, La Traviata, in a sumptuous new production followed by another opera fan pleaser, The Barber of Seville. The West Coast premiere of Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera, based on the lyrics and music of Roger Waters, opens the 4th annual Vancouver Opera Festival.

Vancouver Opera will present The Flight of the Hummingbird as a school touring production between January and April 2020. Based on an indigenous parable from the Quechuan people of South America, the story of the brave hummingbird travelled through pre-contact trade routes to become well known within Haida culture. This opera is influenced by the graphic novel written by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and will include elements of his dramatic Haida-manga illustrations.

The five emerging Canadian artists participating in this year’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program are Irina Medvedeva, soprano, born in Russia (Canadian citizen) living in Toronto, Gena Van Ousten, mezzo-soprano from Montreal, Daevyd Pepper, tenor and Nicholas Borg, baritone, both from Toronto, and Andrea Van Pelt, pianist from Burlington.

2019-2020 VANCOUVER OPERA SEASON

La Traviata
by Guiseppe Verdi
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™ projected above the stage
Evening performances 7:30pm. Matinée performance 2:00pm.
Thursday, October 17, 2019 | Saturday, October 19, 2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019 | Sunday, October 27, 2019 • matinée

La Traviata, a glorious work that deserves to be revisited time and again, was last performed eight years ago at Vancouver Opera. This perennial favourite has been given a brand-new look and features a terrific cast. In an unprecedented collaboration, five Canadian opera companies have joined forces to pro¬duce lavish sets and costumes inspired by the decadent music hall scene of 1920s Paris. The production is directed by Alain Gauthier and designed by Christina Poddubiuk. Canadian conductor Yves Abel, whose international career spans more than twenty years--including appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House and the Vienna State Opera--makes his Vancouver Opera debut.

The Barber of Seville
By Gioachino Rossini
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™ projected above the stage
Evening performances 7:30pm. Matinée performance 2:00pm.
Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Saturday, February 15, 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020 | Sunday, February 23, 2020 • matinee

Chase away the February blues with The Barber of Seville, a feast of frivolous fun. Enjoy Figaro’s mischie¬vous escapades as he assists Count Almaviva in prising the beautiful Rosina away from her lecherous guard¬ian, Dr. Bartolo. Rossini’s comic masterpiece fizzes with memorable melodies in an entertaining production that proves that the road to true love is paved with theft, lies, bribery, brawling – and wicked comedy. Canadian stage director Ashlie Corcoran- recently named Artistic Director of the Arts Club Theatre- makes her mainstage Vancouver Opera debut. The role of Rosina will be sung by French-Canadian mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne. Tenor Isaiah Bell, lauded for his performance in the new opera Hadrian at the Canadian Opera Company in 2018, sings the role of Count Almaviva.

Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera
Based on the lyrics and music of Roger Waters’ The Wall
Operatic version composed by Julien Bilodeau
Concept & stage direction by Dominic Champagne
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Sung in English with English SURTITLES™ projected above the stage
Evening performances 7:30pm. Matinée performance 2:00pm.
Thursday, April 23, 2020 | Saturday, April 25, 2020 | Sunday, April 26, 2020 • matinee
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | Thursday, April 30, 2020 | Saturday, May 2, 2020

Vancouver Opera’s 4th annual Festival opens with the West Coast premiere of Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera, based on the lyrics and music of Roger Waters’ The Wall. Roger Waters was lyricist of the band, Pink Floyd and the opera is a psychological drama inspired by Waters’ life. A thrilling score by Quebec composer Julien Bilodeau transforms the iconic album into an operatic drama--perfect for oper¬agoers and rock fans alike. Eye-popping video projections designed by Johnny Ranger complement the action on an over-sized video screen. The result is exquisite and hypnotic.

Tickets for the 2019—2020 Vancouver Opera are now on sale to the public. Individual tickets and subscriptions for all three productions are available from www.vancouveropera.ca or the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre at 604-683-0222. The Vancouver Opera box office is located at 1945 McLean Drive, Vancouver and is open Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

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Event Location Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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