Opera Mariposa
Cosi fan tutte Music by W.A. Mozart, Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

Dates and Venue Friday, November 30, Saturday, December 1, Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8, all performances @ 7:30 pm | Marpole United Church, 1296 West 67th Ave. Vancouver

Music Director Ian Dives Director Robin Hahn Lighting designer Sara Smith Costume Designer Stephanie Ko

Cast (December 1): Fiordiligi Kathryn Nickford Dorabella Melissa Ratcliff Ferrando Lyndon Ladeur Guglielmo Cameron Killick Despina Katrina Goh Don Alfonso Alexander Adams-Leytes
Pianist Ryan Goetz

In Italian with English surtitles

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Naples Beach, where we might all like to go for a little fun in these darkening days, seems nevertheless unlikely as a setting for Mozartís elegant, 18th century lampoon of idealized love. Yet that is where Opera Mariposa has decided to set Cosi fan Tutte, and clearly young love has blossomed between the thatched bar and a pair of lounge chairs. In the bar, Gugliemo (Cameron Killick) and Ferrando (Lyndon Ladeur) proclaim the everlasting virtue of their marvellous girlfriends while poolside Dorabella (the honey-voiced Melissa Ratcliff) and Fiordiligi (Kathryn Nickford in sparkling form) rhapsodise over their loversí photos - on their cell phones. The little modern touches inserted into the staging are effective and fun.Full review

UBCOpera
Silent Night Music by Kevin Puts, Libretto by Mark Campbell
Based on the screenplay by Christian Carion for the motion picture Joyeux Noel produced by Nord-Ouest Production, commissioned by Minnesota Opera

Dates and Venue November 3, 8, 9, 2018, at 7:30pm & November 4 at 2pm | Old Auditorium, UBC

Conductor Robert Wood Director Nancy Hermiston Lighting designer Jeremy Baxter Set and Projection Designer Robert Gardiner Stage Manager Sheila Munn Featured Performers UBC Opera Ensemble and Vancouver Opera Orchestra

Anna Sorensen Magdalena How Nikolaus Sprink Ian McCloy Lt. Audebert Luka Kawabata Lt. Gordon Brian DeLong Lt. Horstmayer Yuhui Wang Ponchel Rafael Laurindo Father Palmer Matthew McLellan Jonathan Dale Justin Cho Kronprinz Richard Margison French General Philip Wing William Dale Matthew Kim Madeleine Audebert Irem Ince-Akmete British Major Liam Robertson Bagpiper Kurt Ward-Theiss Harmonica Player Antony Knight

In English, French and German, Latin and Italian with English surtitles

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

UBC Opera has partnered with UBC's Department of Education and the Veterans Transition Program to present a 3-day Symposium examining war and the effects of war timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice which ended the brutal slaughter of the war to end all wars. Full review

 

 

Vancouver Opera
Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow

Dates and Venue October 20, 25, 27, 2018, at 7:30pm & October 28 at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Conductor Ward Stare Director Kelly Robinson Choreographer Joshua Beamish Chorus Director Kinza Tyrrell Scenic Designer Michael Yeargan Costume Designer Susan Memmott-Allred Lighting Designer Gerald King Wig Designer Susan Manning

Hanna Lucia Cesaroni Count Danilo Danilovitch John Cudia Baron Mirko Zeta Richard Suart Valencienne Sasha Djihanian Camille de Rosillon John Tessier Sylvaine Nicole Joanne Brooks

Dialogue in English, sung in German with English SURTITLES TM

Reviewer John Jane

Set in Paris during the so-called Belle Époque period at the turn of the twentieth century close to the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; the operetta is performed in three unequal acts. It switches between three locations: the Pontevedrian embassy presided over by Baron Mirko Zeta (Richard Suart), Hanna’s garden at her Paris villa, and a replica of Maxim’s club in Hanna’s salon. Full review