Vancouver Opera

Gaetano Donizetti‘s Don Pasquale

When & Where February 10 at 7:30pm, February 15 at 7:30pm & February 18 at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Conductor Jaques Lacombe Directors André Barbe & Renaud Doucet Chorus Director Leslie Dala Lighting Design Guy Simard Set & Costume Design André Barbe & Renaud Doucet Design Stage Manager Theresa Tsang

CAST Don Pasquale Gregory Dahl, baritone Ernesto Josh Lovell, tenor Malatesta Phillip Addis, baritone Norina Elizabeth Polese, soprano

Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM

Reviewer John Jane

Whle the music and (Italian) libretto is a couple of centuries old, André Barbe and Renaud Doucet’s contemporary vision takes this delightful comic opera to Rome in the mid nineteen-sixties. Full review



The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart, libretto by Emanuel Schickaneder

When & Where October 21 at 7:30pm, October 26 at 7:30pm, October 28 at 7:30pm | October 29 at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

ConductorTania Miller Revival Director Ashlie Corcoran Original Director Diane Paulus Chorus Director Tina Chang Set and Costume Design Myung Hee Cho Lighting Design Stage Manager Marijka Asbeek Brusse

In German with English surtitles

There was a whiff of The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker in Vancouver Opera''s production of The Magic Flute in an introduced scenario which plays out during the Overture. Servants bustle, guests arrive at a great house laden with gifts, there is a charming young woman whose birthday it is and a watchful father. Also a singularly unpleasant suitor, a beautiful young man and some very odd gatecrashers. The guests arrange themselves on either side of a tiny theatre, the curtain is winched up by a stage hand and the fairy tale begins. Full review

2023-2024 Vancouver Opera Season

Gaetano Donizetti ‘s Don Pasquale

When & Where February 10 at 7:30pm, February 15 at 7:30pm & February 18 at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

This all-Canadian production features Maestro Jacques Lacombe returning to Vancouver Opera (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) to conduct Donizetti’s finely-calibrated music in this comic masterpiece. A twentieth century makeover of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale by creative duo of costume/set designer André Barbe and director/choreographer Renaud Doucet.


George Bizet’s Carmen

When & Where April 27 at 7:30pm, April 28, 2pm, May 2 at 7:30pm, May 4 at 7:30pm & May 5 at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

This passionate story is told through seductive arias and enduring, richly coloured melodies. Rachel Peake returns to Vancouver Opera (The Pearl Fishers) to direct Carmen alongside conductor Leslie Dala (The Flying Dutchman) for a five-show engagement. Carmen will be portrayed by Sandra Piques Eddy and Carolyn Sproule with Jonelle Sills as Micaëla. Alok Kumar and Matthew White will both perform the role of Don José.