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

Vancouver Opera: 2022-2023 Season

Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers

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

The Pearl Fishers returns to Vancouver Opera for the first time in nearly 30 years. This dramatic opera tells the tale of two devoted friends and the woman that comes between them. The famous “friendship duet” is one of the most beautiful and recognizable pieces in the opera repertoire. Be swept away by the lush orchestration and Bizet’s trademark melodies.

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Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night's Dream

When & Where February 11 & 16, 2022 at 7.30pm and February 19 at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Enjoy an evening of magic filled with the ethereal beauty of Britten’s atmospheric score. Based on Shakespeare’s fantastical story, A Midsummer Night's Dream follows a myriad of hilarious characters in a whimsical whirlwind of magic potions, love triangles and mistaken identities. Vancouver audiences will be thrilled to welcome back Jacques Lacombe as conductor in this company premiere.

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Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman

When & Where April 29 & May 4 2022 at 7.30pm and May 7 at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Based on a European maritime legend, The Flying Dutchman tells the haunting story of a sailor and his daughter who encounter a ghost during a storm on the sea. The Dutchman, who has been condemned to wander for eternity, is searching for a bride to finally bring him peace. This tragic tale of love and sacrifice is the composer’s first masterpiece and features magnificent orchestration. This will be a new production for Vancouver Opera.

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