Welcome to City Opera Vancouver

We are a professional chamber opera company. We produce opera dating from the rise of the genre in 1600 through to new opera alive in our own time. We present recitals and concerts that build our brand, widen our audience, and take our music to people where they live. We work in a metro area of 2.5 million people, and in a culture of tremendous creativity.

Chamber Opera: intimate eloquence. Opera in close-up.  

So close you can almost touch it.


Wednesday 3 May 2017, at 4:30pm

Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

Our Next Commission:  'Missing'

Opens in November 2017

Missing tells a story everybody knows, about a woman no one remembers. Set both in Vancouver and along the Highway of Tears, this is strong and essential drama. Its libretto is by the distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements. Our composer, Juno-award winning Brian Current, is now writing the music. Missing is co-produced by City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria.
Missing was workshopped in piano-vocal form in late February 2017 in Victoria, and at the Native Education College, and DTES Carnegie Centre, in Vancouver. The public attended, and offered comments and critique.
Missing will premiere on 1 November 2017 at a free, invitation-only, and private event for the families. Elders and grief counsellors will be in attendance. Cedar brushing and smudging will be available. A Book of Remembrance will be opened so that all may enter the names of loved ones lost. It will travel with the opera. This special event is being co-produced by the DTES Heart of the City Festival, in affiliation with Vancouver Moving Theatre. It has been generously supported by a special grant from the City of Vancouver.
Its public run will commence at Vancouver's York Theatre on 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 November 2017, followed on 17 November by an additional five nights at The Baumann Centre for Opera in Victoria. For 2018, a tour is now being planned along The Highway of Tears, from Prince Rupert to Prince George. Thereafter, a national tour is being proposed.

Missing is made possible by an extraordinary creation grant of $127,000 from The Vancouver Foundation. We are profoundly grateful for the Foundation's confidence, faith, and vision. We are similarly grateful to the City of Vancouver for year-round funding, and special funding for our Families-Only premiere; to the BC Arts Council for generous interim and project funding; to Accent Inns for artist accommodation; to Telus Communications, for a generous gift; to The Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation for a major gift toward this new music drama; and, to the Canada Council / New Chapter programme for an exceptional investment in our co-production.

If you would like to assist financially, we invite you to consider doing so online, through the secure site Canada Helps.

Or, by cheque to 'City Opera Vancouver', PO Box 88393, Vancouver V6A 4A6. Thank you.