Vancouver Opera
Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night's Dream

When & Where February 11 & 16, 2023 at 7.30pm and February 19 at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Oberon Daniel Moody, countertenor Tytania Magali Simard-Galdes, soprano Lysander Spencer Britten, tenor Hermia Hillary Tufford, mezzo soprano Demetrius Clarence Frazer, baritone Helena Jonelle Sills, soprano Bottom Peter McGillivray, baritone Puck Kunji Ikeda, non-singing role

Conductor Jacques Lacombe Director Aria Umezawa Set Design Craig Alfredson Projection Design Sammy Chien Costume Design Roberta Doylend Lighting Design Sophie Tang Choreography Anna Kuman Stage Manager Theresa Tsang

Sung in English with English surtitles

Reviewer John Jane

It’s difficult to imagine that Vancouver Opera’s full scale production of A Midsummer Night's Dream was originally conceived as a chamber opera. Written by Benjamin Britten a good three and a half centuries after William Shakespeare’s complex comedy, it’s a little surprising therefore that Britten decided to stick with Elizabethan language for his libretto. Full review



Vancouver Opera
Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers

When & Where October 22 & 27, 2022 at 7.30pm and October 30 at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Director Rachel Peake Choreography Krystal Kiran Conductor Kamna Gupta Chorus Director Leslie Dala Fight Director MikeKovac Stage Manager Marija Asbeek- Brusse

CAST Nadir Aaron Blake, Tenor Zurga Phillip Addis, baritone Nourabad Vartan Gabrielian, bass-baritone Leïla Miriam Khalil, soprano

Dancers Nasiv Sall, Hasini Basnayake, Simran Sachar, Ashvini Sundaram

Sung in French with English SURTITLESTM

Reviewer John Jane

The Pearl Fishers, was written a full decade before Carmen when he was only twenty-five. It’s fair to say that Bizet never visited Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), where the opera is set, and the culture and folklore depicted in this full scale opera comes about entirely from his imagination. It’s a particularity that Vancouver Opera is eager to make a point of in its early disclaimer. Full review


City Opera Vancouver

When & Where September 13, 2022 – September 16 at 7:30pm, & Saturday, September 17 at 2pm | The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, 600 Hamilton Street

Director Desdemona Chiang Music Director Mary Chun Lighting Design John Webber Sound Design Juliani Alessandro Stage Manager Jacqueline Wax Surtitles Anika Vervecken

Saihin Spencer Britten (tenor) Xon Pon Matthew Li (Bass) Hoisan Singer Yenny Lee (Mezzo-Soprano) Eugene Derek Kwan (Tenor) Wenli Vania Chan (Soprano) Anna & Lingling Emma Parkinson (mezzo-soprano)

Musicians Mark Ferris – violin, Charlie Lui- dizi, Jun Rong- erhu & gaohu, Dai-Lin Hsieh- guzheng, Albertina Chan- harp, Martin Fisk- percussion, Emma Ringrose- oboe, Roger Parton- piano, Peter Ing- viola, and Jonathan Lo- cello

Sung in Ennglish, Cantonese, and Hoisan with English & Cantonese SURTITLESTM

Reviewer John Jane

Madeleine Thien (librettist) and Alice Ping Yee Ho (composer) have combined to bring to audiences a truly groundbreaking new opera, the first to be written about any Chinatown in Canada. Performed in English, Cantonese and the Hoisan dialect, Chinatown is a multi-layered concept opera that spans seven decades and crosses two cultures. Full review