Pacific Opera Victoria
The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder

Dates & Venue February 16, 18, 24, 2017 at 8:00pm & February 22 at 7pm; & February 26 at 2:30pm) | The Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St., Victoria

Director Oriol Thomas Conductor Timothy Vernon Set Design Patricia Ruel Costume Design Laurence Mongeau Lighting Design Eric Champoux Choreography Jacques Lemay Chorus Master Giuseppe Pietraroia Stage Manager Sara Robb

Sung in German with English dialogue and surtitles

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

The Magic Flute can be an uncomfortable hybrid of fairy tale, hero’s quest, bildungsroman and Masonic ritual. Pacific OperaVictoria have done a satisfying job of integrating this uneasy patchwork into a balanced, connected whole which concentrates more on the profound questions the opera asks than on its theatricality. Full review

Taylor Pardell and Pascale Spinney photo - Emily Cooper

Vancouver Opera
Hansel & Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck

Dates & Venue November 24 – December 11, 2016 at 7:30pm (Nov 27 & Dec 11 at 2pm; Nov 30 & Dec 7 at 12:30pm) | Vancouver Playhouse

Director Brenna Corner Conductor Alexander Prior Sets, Costumes and Puppets Design Old Trout Puppet Workshop Lighting Designer Jeff Harrison Orchestration Anatoly Korolyov Stage Manager Melissa Rood Puppeteers Lenard Stanga & Viktor Lukawski

Sung in English with SURTITLESTM

Reviewer John Jane

This production’s focus is less grim than the Grimm original (apologies for the bad pun). For starters: the children’s mother is more sympathetic, Hansel and Gretel are not taken into the forest and abandoned by their parents, but sent out to collect wild fruit. Full review

 

 

 

UBC Opera
The Consul

Dates and Venue November 3, 4, 5 at 7.30 pm & November 6 at 2 pm, Old Auditorium, UBC

Director Nancy Hermiston Conductor Norbert Baxa Set Designer Robert Gardiner Lighting Designer Jeremy Baxter Costume Coordinator Parvin Mirhady

UBC Opera Ensemble with members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra

Sung in English with English surtitles

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Spiky music and a morally indignant text fast-forward the 1949 opera The Consul straight into the contemporary moment.  UBC Opera is presenting the Gian Carlo Menotti’s post-World War II work in conjunction with the University’s symposium Breaking the Cycle: Canada’s Refugee Record on the World Stage, and the choice of opera couldn’t be more apt. Full review