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 the creation of new opera alive in our own time. We present recitals and concerts, building our brand and widening our audience. 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.

Our thanks to all who applied for the position of General Manager. These applications are now being reviewed by our Personnel Committee. We will be in touch soon.


Our May 2014 world premiere of the new opera by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes was a tremendous success, selling out all five nights and commanding standing ovations at every performance. If you’d like to know more, to read the actual programme book, and to see workshop and production photos, please visit the Pauline menu under PAST PRODUCTIONS on the left.


Our Next Mainstage:  October 2016

We announce our next mainstage production: The Lost Operas Of Mozart.

In his early twenties, Mozart started three operas he never completed. Two are Italian comedies, and the third is a German singspiel. Each is a tantalizing hint of what might have been. Each is the voice of Mozart himself.

City Opera offers another Canadian event premiere: three forgotten operas in one evening of wonderful theatre, delightful music, and original exploration. In two acts and two hours, The Lost Operas of Mozart will be presented with English supertitles. Audition notices will be published in two months.


Our Next Commission:  Fall 2017

Set in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Missing Women will tell a story everybody knows, from the vantage of a woman no one remembers. This is strong and essential drama. Its scenario is now in preparation.