The Impossible Dream

Date and Venue Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm | St. Helen's Anglican Church, 4405 West 8th Ave. Vancouver

Lighting Design Sara Smith and Patrick Smith Sound Design Libby Donald Musical Accompaniment Karen Shumka, piano

Reviewer John Jane

Soprano Jacqueline Ko and her accompanist Karen Shumka came together at St. Helen's Anglican Church on Saturday evening (May 18) to present a recital that offered a selection from classic opera, musical theatre and Disney that raise the spectre of not only Ms. Ko’s personal struggles with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, but the thousands of sufferers around the world. Full review




Pacific Opera Victoria
Countess Maritza Music by Emmerich Kalman, Libretto by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grunwald

Dates and Venue April 25 &; 27, May 3 at 8pm; May 5 at 2:30pm | The Royal Theatre, Victoria

Conductor Timothy VernonDirector Linda Brovsky Set and Costume Designer Patrick Clark Choreography Jacques Lemay Lighting Designer Wendy Lundgren Chorus Master Giuseppe Pietraroia Stage Manager Kelly Luft

Countess Maritza Leslie Ann Bradley Count Tassilo Adam Luther Baron Zsupan Michael Barrett Lisa Suzanne Rigden Princess Bozena Nicola Cavendish Prince Popolescu Bruce Kelly

With the Victoria Symphony, Pacific Opera Chorus and members of the Victoria Children's Choir

Sung in English with English surtitles

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Just an hourís drive from Vienna (at 1920ís speeds), deep in the heart of rural Hungary, lies a country estate, a prosperous farm producing milk and cheese, beef and grain. Living on the estate are a faithful servant (Jim Leard as Tschekko), charming children and a musical gypsy band complete with musicians (Julian Viet, gypsy violin and David Shively, cimbalom) and a fortune teller (Manja, richly sung by Jennifer Taverner). Here you will find a young farm manager, Bela Torek (Adam Luther) who is capable, charming and beloved by everyone. What could go wrong? Full review

Vancouver Opera
Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola

Dates and Venue April 27 & May 12 at 2pm; May 2 at 12:30pm; May 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, & 11 at 7:30pm | Vancouver Playhouse

Conductor Leslie Dala Director Rachel Peake Scenic Designer Daniel Meeker Costume Designer Sue Bonde Lighting Designer Alan Brodie Stage Manager Melania Radelicki

Cenerentola Simone McIntosh Don Ramiro Charles Sy Don Magnifico Peter McGillvray Alidoro Tyler Simpson Dandini Daniel Thielmann Clorinda Nicole Joanne Brooks Tisbe Gena van Oosten

Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES TM

Reviewer John Jane

This year’s Opera Festival theme is Fairytales & Fables and La Cenerentola might just fit into both categories. In Rossini’s version (together with librettist Jacopo Ferretti) the glass slipper is replaced with a diamond bracelet, the wicked stepmother is banished in favour of an audience-friendly, buffoonish stepfather. Full review


Vancouver Opera
Charles Gounod’s FAUST

Dates and Venue April 27 & May 2, 2019 at 7:30pm; May 5, 2019 at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Conductor Jonathan Darlington Director Francois Racine Chorus Director Kinza Tyrrell Lighting Design Gerald King Scenic Design Olivier Landreville Costume Design Dominique Guindon

Faust David Pomeroy Marguerite Simone Osborne Méphistophélès Robert Pomakov Wagner Scott Rumble Valentin Peter Barrett Siébel Mireille Lebel Marthe Schwerlein Emilia Boteva

Sung in French with English SURTITLES TM

Reviewer Erin Jane

Charles Gounod’s version of Faust, originally performed in 1859 Paris to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, has few of the existential themes of the equally renown tragic play by Goethe, and favours a much more melodramatic story. Full review