Vancouver Opera
Carmen: Up Close and Personal

When & Where: Available Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:30pm then on demand until the end of the season | Streamed from a recorded performance at the Orpheum Theatrefor the Performing Arts

Music Leslie Dala and Vancouver Opera Orchestra Director Brenna Corner Lighting Designer Gerald King Projection Designer Chengyan Boon Costume Designer Alaia Hamer Stage Manager Theresa Tsang

Carmen Amanda Weatherall Don José Ian Cleary Micaëla Jonelle Sills Escamillo Luka Kawabata and Voice Over Narration Kimberley-Ann Bartczak

Sung in French with English surtitles

Reviewer John Jane

Georges Bizet’s Carmen, with its brilliant orchestrations and rich melodies set against a tale of passion, jealousy, and even vengeance, has remained one of the most popular of operas. I’m happy to report that this pandemic-era condensed version not only retains the essence of Bizet’s tale of misplaced sexual obsession and resultant tragedy, but also those wonderful arias. Full review



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Richard Wargo's The Music Shop

When & Where: Available Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:30pm, then on demand until the end of the season | Filmed at the O'Brien Centre for Vancouver Opera Martha Lou Henley Rehearsal Hall

Music Supervisor Leslie Dala Director Dana Fradkin Set & Costume Designer Omani Elias Lighting Designer Jody Burkholder Stage Manager Michelle Harrison

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Without being able to present live opera this year, Vancouver Opera has settled for small-cast, one-act, recorded and streamed presentations. There is no diminution in quality however. The current offering, Richard Wargo’s The Music Shop is a little gem of a farce, part of a longer trilogy, not performed in this presentation, based on short stories by the Russian master, Anton Chekhov, and a perfect vehicle to lighten the gloom.Full review



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Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors

When & Where: Available Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7:30pm then on demand until the end of the season | Streamed from a recorded performance at Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Music Director Leslie Dala Director Sarah Jane Pelzer Set & Costume Designer Patrick Rizzotti Lighting Designer Jeremy Baxter Stage Manager Marijka Asbeek Brusse Assistant Stage Manager Michelle Harrison

Amahl Andreas Dala Amahl's Mother Stephanie Tritchew King Kaspar Sergio Augusto King Melchior Jason Cook King Balthazar Michael Mackinnon Page Henry Chen

Reviewer John Jane

The opera offers a rich score by Italian-American composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti. Menotti takes a fictional story built around the legend of the Magi on route to Bethlehem and centres it on a young, disabled boy living in dire poverty with his widowed mother. The premise involves the three kings: Kaspar, Melchior and Balthazar stopping on their way at the home of Amahl and his mother for rest and sustenance. Full review




Francis Poulenc's La voix humaine

Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 7:30pm and available to view on demand until the end of the season.

Music Director / Pianist Kinza Tyrrell Director Rachel Peake Elle Mireille Lebel

New times mean new responses and Vancouver Opera has necessarily backed away from the big opera house experience to deliver a season of chamber operas. Their first choice, La Voix Humaine could not illustrate better physical distancing and the pain of it at the end of a love affair. Only technology links Elle - she has no other name - with Monsieur. For her, the phone both connects and distances, hides and confronts. Full review