Sister-wives and opera meet in Vancouver Opera’s Dark Sisters

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Vancouver Opera’s production of Dark Sisters opened last week. In the Georgia Straight, Alexander Varty writes, “Act 2 features singing and staging that will sear your brain.”

A tale of polygamy in a renegade Mormon community, the opera is making its Canadian premiere with Vancouver Opera. Previously performed in New York and Philadelphia, Dark Sisters is written by hotshot New York composer Nico Muhly with a libretto by Stephen Karam, and it’s at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre (600 Hamilton St.) from Dec. 3-6 and 10 & 12.

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Sister-wives and opera meet in Vancouver Opera’s Dark Sisters

Evita, Madama Butterfly and More Coming to Vancouver Opera

Madonna as Evita. Photo sourced from Robsmovievault.

No, Madonna isn’t coming to Vancouver. But Evita is. Photo sourced from Robsmovievault.

Two of operas most popular masterpieces, not to mention a globally successful musical and a Canadian premiere are coming to the Vancouver Opera this season.

The largest company of its kind in Western Canada, the opera has a proud history stretching back more than half a century. Over the decades, singing greats from Joan Sutherland to Placido Domingo have graced the stages of downtown’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre and other venues.

The 2015-2016 season will also be one of the opera’s last. Starting in 2017, the Vancouver Opera is transitioning to a festival model: presenting just three core productions during a three-week window in April. For opera fans (or newbies who have always wanted to go), that’s even more reason to get out and see a performance this year.  Continue reading:
Evita, Madama Butterfly and More Coming to Vancouver Opera

Last chance to see Stickboy

Stickboy. Tim Matheson photo.

Stickboy. Tim Matheson photo.

Vancouver Opera‘s presentation of Stickboy has been collecting rave reviews. Its run is almost over, but you can still see the the world premiere of this searing, acclaimed opera, which ends its run Friday Nov. 7.

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Last chance to see Stickboy

The Opera with Lap Dances: Carmen Comes to Vancouver

Photo credit: Tim Matheson for Vancouver Opera

Photo credit: Tim Matheson for Vancouver Opera

By now you’ve seen the signs on the sides of buses and the ads in the papers: Carmen – The World’s Sexiest Opera.  The sultry cornerstone of the opera canon – about a torrid affair between a Gypsy siren and a young soldier – is on in Vancouver through Oct. 5 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.  But does it live up to all the sexy hype?

Well, yes.  There’s more flesh, writhing and lap dancing in Carmen than in any Vancouver Opera production I can remember.  But that’s just half the story.  For opera newbies, Carmen is entertaining, accessible and – despite clocking in at three hours – surprisingly fast-paced.

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The Opera with Lap Dances: Carmen Comes to Vancouver

RECORD-BREAKING CARMEN RETURNS TO VANCOUVER OPERA (Ticket Giveaway!)

Carmen
Five years ago, box office records were shattered when Carmen became the fastest selling production in Vancouver Opera history. Vancouverites will be seduced again when the fiery gypsy returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage this September/October. The passion, the colour, the sensuality and, of course, the unforgettable music of the world’s sexiest opera will come alive for 6 performances only.

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RECORD-BREAKING CARMEN RETURNS TO VANCOUVER OPERA (Ticket Giveaway!)

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Looking for a film fest, art event, market, live music, or a motorcycle championship this Friday to Sunday?  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

History’s Greatest Sleazeball Comes to Town: Don Giovanni at the Vancouver Opera

Image sourced from Vancouver Opera

Image sourced from Vancouver Opera

The timeless opera about history’s most famous seducer and slimeball has come to Vancouver.

Don Giovanni, the 1787 opera with music by none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is showing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre through March 9.  Based on the opening night performance on Saturday, the production should be a crowd-pleaser, for opera aficionados and newbies alike.

Don Giovanni is classified as opera buffa, which must have been 18th-century speak for pulp fiction.  It consists of more than three hours of non-stop swordfights, seductions and ribald – even downright raunchy – scenes.

I’m not sure if it was the saucy subject matter or an aggressive marketing campaign by the Vancouver Opera itself, but the Queen Elizabeth Theatre was packed for the premiere: fuller – and much younger – than I’ve ever seen it for an opera performance.

The protagonist and anti-hero of the production is, of course, Don Giovanni.  Giovanni is the Italian incarnation of the infamous Spanish lover Don Juan, and he’s a world-class smooth talker and scoundrel.   Continue reading:
History’s Greatest Sleazeball Comes to Town: Don Giovanni at the Vancouver Opera