UBC Opera
La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini. Libretto by Giacomo (Jacopo) Ferretti

Dates and Venue February 1, 2 and 3,, 2018 at 7.30pm, February 4, 2018 at 2pm | Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Conductor Gordon Gerrard Director Nancy Hermiston Costume Consultant Parvin Mirhady Lighting Designer Jeremy Baxter Stage Manager Jacqueline Wax

Cenerentola (Angelina) Simran Claire Prince Ramiro Ian McCloy Dandini Kurt Ward-Theiss Don Magnifico Ian Burns Alidoro Rafael Laurindo Clorinda Ivy Calvert Tisbe Jody Lear

with the UBC Opera Ensemble Chorus and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

What better way to spend a cold February evening than with a good book and some music, especially if that book is an old familiar story and the ever-fresh music is by Rossini. Throw in a magnificent set, elegant lighting (by Jeremy Baxter), and costumes out of a royal pageant (Parvin Mirhady) and one can settle in for an evening of enjoyment. Full review

Vancouver Opera
L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti

Dates and Venue January 21, 2018 at 2pm, January 25 & 27, 2018 at 7.30pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Conductor Jonathan Darlington Director Brenna Corner after James Robinson Set Designer Allen Moyer Costumer Designer Martin Pakledinaz Revival Costumer Designer Amanda Seymour Lighting Designer Harry Frehner Chorus Master Les Dala Stage Manager Theresa Tsang

Adina Ying Fang Nemorino Andrew Haji Dulcamara Stephen Hegedus Belcore Brett Polegato Giannetta Elaina Moreau

Sung in Italian with English & Mandarin SURTITLES TM

Reviewer John Jane

Gaetano Donizetti’s L'Elisir d'Amore comes to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for (regrettably) only three performances. This Vancouver Opera production shifts the setting from an Italian village in the early nineteenth century to rural Ontario roughly a hundred years later as WWI is breaking out. Full review



Opera Mariposa and the Heroic Opera Company
Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera

Dates and Venues Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm & Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm | Canadian Memorial United Church, 1806 W. 15th and Burrard
Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm | Marpole United Church, 1296 W. 67th Ave.

Director Adam Da Ros Music Director Richard Epp Costume Designer Stephanie Ko Head Costume Maker Sandra Ko Lighting Designer Sara Smith Stage Manager Jacqueline Ko

Principal Cast: King Gustavo III Mark Pepe Amelia Sarah Templeton Renato Andrew Greenwood Oscar Kallie Clayton

Reviewer John Jane

Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) is considered by some to be Giuseppe Verdi’s finest opera. Personally, of the almost thirty operas Verdi wrote, I believe Rigoletto and La traviata to be far superior. That said, this shared venture between Opera Mariposa and the newly formed Heroic Opera Company was an excellent opportunity for local opera buffs to see a high calibre production....Full review



Vancouver Opera
by Giacomo Puccini, libretto Giuseppe Adami and Renata Simoni

Date and Venue October 13, 19, 21 , 2017 at 7:30pm; Oct 15 at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Conductor Jacques Lacombe Director and Choreographer Renaud Doucet Scenic and Costume Design André Barbe Lighting Designer Guy Simard Stage Manager Ingrid Turk with the Vancouver Opera Chorus and Vancouver Opera Orchestra

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Spectacular is the only word to describe what is revealed as the curtain rises on Turandot at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Deep Chinese-red arches set with huge chrysanthemums recede through layers to a disc evoking at once the rich symbolism of China and the opulence of 19th century stage sets. A glowing raked and stepped ring rises in the centre and surrounds yet another playing level sunk into the stage. All this visual excess is absolutely in the service of the story and creates a fantastic world where the implausible plot of a fairy tale can play out and Puccini's rich and inventive score can be fully realized Full review