Welcome to City Opera Vancouver.

We are a professional chamber opera company. We produce opera. We create new opera. We present recitals and concerts. We work in a metro area of 2.3 million people, and in a culture of tremendous creativity.

Chamber Opera: intimate eloquence. Opera in close-up. So close you can almost touch it.



639 Commercial Drive (at East Georgia)

World Premiere of Pauline
Friday 23 May 2014 at 8pm

Opening Night Gala and Reception

Sunday 25 May at 2pm
Tuesday 27 May at 8pm
Thursday 29 May at 8pm
Saturday 31 May at 8pm


$65, $45, $22.

Click here to buy your tickets online

By telephone: 604.251.1363
In person: The Cultch, 1895 Venables & Victoria Drive
Monday - Friday, noon to 6pm. Saturday, noon to 4pm

Opening Night Only
Gala and Reception: $100 (includes single ticket) SOLD OUT
Regular opening night tickets still available.

Rose-Ellen Nichols as Pauline Johnson, in our forthcoming opera, Pauline

Pauline tells the story of the extraordinary Canadian writer, poet and actress Pauline Johnson. She was an independent woman -- and proto-Canadian -- generations ahead of her time.

Shifting between a shattered present and a vivid past, Pauline examines her identities as poet and popular entertainer, white and Mohawk, self-reliant woman and desperate lover, imagined failure and creative immortal. Figures from her life, particularly her sister and manager, move in and out of her consciousness and, through those hopes and conflicts, portray Pauline Johnson as a great, tragic, and essential Canadian artist.

Pauline is set at Vancouver, in March 1913. Its world premiere will be given at the century old, and newly restored, York Theatre in May 2014.

Margaret Atwood
Tobin Stokes

Pauline Johnson in The Walrus

Read the profile of Pauline Johnson in the July/August 2012 issue of The Walrus.