City Opera Concert Series
CITY OPERA CONCERTS & EVENTS
A friend of our company noted that this list is completely out of date. He’s right. We’ve been using FaceBook for the purpose. Here’s what’s current:
Since 2006, City Opera Vancouver given 83 concerts, 31 of them in the DTES alone. We offer this ongoing series to build our brand, to widen our audience, and to take our music to people where they live.
Our concerts have taken place at Granville Island, Museum of Vancouver, Minoru Chapel, Carnegie Centre, Oppenheimer Park, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, Italian Day on The Drive, Holt Renfrew, Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, Roedde House, Sun-Yat Sen Chinese Classical Gardens, Evelyne Saller Centre, Jacob’s Well, Homeground Festival, Pigeon Park, Kay Meek Theatre, Shadbolt Centre, St James Anglican Church, Chinatown Night Market, Famee Furlane Cultural Centre, Lost Lagoon, and the DTES Fearless Festival.
Since 2010, when we last posted here…
DTES Recital, Homeground Festival, Oppenheimer Park
Caroline Jang, soprano; Michael Onwood, keyboard (160 attended)
Italian Day on The Drive, 2pm
Mariana Valdés, soprano; Nicolas Rhind, tenor; Greg Caisley, keyboard; Tom Durrie, producer/narrator
Opening Ceremonies, Italian Week at Italian Cultural Centre
Mariana Valdés, soprano; Andrzej Jeziorski, tenor;Greg Caisley, keyboard; Tom Durrie, producer/narrator
Recital, Minoru Chapel, Richmond
Mariana Valdés, soprano; Nicolas Rhind, tenor; Greg Caisley,piano; Tom Durrie, narrator
Roedde House, music provided at Annual Christmas Party
COV music direction of Va, Pensiero with new SFU Woodwards / DTES Community Chorus, Audain Gallery
Fallujah Workshop No. 1, Part A, Canadian Music Centre
Fallujah Workshop No. 1, Part B, Russian Hall
COV performance at Italian Day, Commercial Drive
Richard Epp, pianist; soprano Rachel Fenlon; baritone Andrey Andreychik; Tom Durrie, producer and narrator
1 August City Opera gives three public concerts on Granville Island, BC Day, with soprano Rachel Fenlon, baritone Andrey Andreychik, pianist Richard Epp, and narrator Tom Durrie. Circa 2000 people attended.
18 September 2pm – 10pm, Fallujah Workshop No. 2, DHUC
attended by Charlie Annenberg and Tom Pollak
2 October COV Outreach Concert: CACV 65th Anniversary
Museum of Vancouver
Kathleen Morrison, soprano; Andrew Greenwood, baritone;
David Boothroyd, pianist; Valèry Ryvkin and Charles Barber, duo- pianists
2 November Minoru Chapel outreach concerts, Richmond
2pm and 7pm
Gina McLelland-Morel, soprano; Willy Miles-Grenzberg, baritone; David Boothroyd, pianist; Tom Durrie, narrator and producer
13 November Fallujah Workshop No. 3, 2pm to 10pm
Tom Lee Music Hall
14 November ibid, 10am to 4pm
Tom Lee Music Hall
14 November “Fallujah Preview” at Carnegie Centre
lecture-demo with Ken Lavigne, Christopher Mayell, Arianna Sovernigo, plus Tobin Stokes, Heather Raffo, David Boothroyd. DVD. Half-page feature in Globe & Mail
17 December Three COV concerts at Granville Island / Public Market, Net Loft
Rachel Stewart, Erin Palm, Andrew Robb, Nickolas Meyer
18 March Talk to Vancouver Opera Club, at SFU Harbourcentre
11 May Fallujah given, piano-vocal, at Carnegie Centre
13 May Fallujah given, orchestral version, Frederic Wood Theatre
Workshop No. 4 concludes (400)
16 May City Opera presentation to Sam Sullivan Salon, Playhouse
Christopher Mayell, tenor; David Boothroyd, piano (600)
10 June Italian Day on The Drive. Chloé Hurst, soprano. Willy Miles- Grenzberg, baritone. Michael Onwood, piano. Tom Durrie, narrator. (third consecutive year) (1000)
6 November Viva Verdi! Minoru Chapel, 2pm and 7pm. (200)
1 March Concert at HomeGround Festival, Oppenheimer Park
Willy Miles-Grenzberg, baritone; David Boothroyd, piano
9 May Annual General Meeting No. 6, at CMC
with sneak preview of Pauline: Tobin Stokes, Rose-Ellen Nichols, Will George, David Boothroyd (40)
31 May Singalong Great Opera Choruses
with Christopher Gaze
(120 attended. Covered by Global TV)
9 June Italian Day on The Drive
Andrew Greenwood, baritone; Diane Speirs, soprano; Richard Epp, keyboard; Tom Durrie, narrator (1000)
9 August An evening of Chinese and Western classical song
William Liu, baritone; David Boothroyd, piano
Chinatown Night Market (250)
24, 25 August Pauline at Lost Lagoon / Stanley Park 125
Rose-Ellen Nichols, mezzo; David Boothroyd, keyboard
Janet Rogers, guest on 25 August. Covered by CBC TV
21, 22 September Pauline Workshop No. 1
Tom Lee Music Hall (30)
6 October Kay Meek Concert No. 1. Michelle Koebke, soprano. Ken Lavigne, tenor. David Boothroyd, pianist (100)
10 October Viva Verdi !
Italian Cultural Centre (200)
28, 29 October Pauline Workshop No. 2
New Beginnings Baptist Church (20)
29 October Pauline Johnson: The Woman and Her Opera
Heart of the City Festival, Chinese Cultural Centre Museum
Rose-Ellen Nichols, Norman Armour, Tobin Stokes. (40)
6 November Puccini !
2pm and 7pm, Minoru Chapel, Richmond
both shows sold out (200)
29 November Pauline: first public presentation
Carnegie Centre, with 100+ people in attendance, as part of the Third Workshop. Q&A followed
6 February Homeground Festival, Oppenheimer Park
Soprano Michelle Koebke, pianist David Boothroyd, and special guest trumpeter Daeyong Ra. (125)
2 March West Meets East, Chinese Cultural Centre Museum
William Liu, baritone. David Boothroyd, piano
8 June Italian Day on The Drive (fifth appearance)
Chloé Hurst, Sunny Shams, David Boothroyd, Tom Durrie (1000)
7 August AGM No. 7, at CMC
Bahareh Poureslami, soprano, and pianist Sean Bayntun gave excerpts from Zaïde and L’oca del Cairo. 40 people.
1 October 2 concerts at Holt Renfrew, with soprano Chloé Hurst, tenor Martin Sadd, pianist Michael Onwood. La Bohème scena, Act 1. (600 people, total)
7 November The Mozart Miracle
Heart of the City Festival, at Carnegie
Bahareh Poureslami, soprano; David Boothroyd, piano; Charles Barber, narrator. (100 people)
20 November Puccini a Piacere, at Il Centro: The Italian Cultural Centre. Sopranos Chloé Hurst and Sarah Vardy; tenor Sunny Shams; baritone Willy Miles-Grenzberg; pianist Richard Epp; narrator Tom Durrie. $22.50 per ticket. (150)
13 December Two Christmas Concerts, at Shadbolt Centre, Burnaby.
Chloé Hurst, soprano. Bran Kwangmin Lee, tenor. Eva Hodge, piano. Tom Durrie, narrator. Free. (130)
20 December Three Christmas Concerts at Holt Renfrew
Leah Alfred, soprano. Leah Field, mezzo. Andrew Lennox, tenor. Alan Macdonald, bass (700)
24 January Benefit Concert for Carnegie Centre Newsletter
St James Anglican Church
Bahareh Poureslami, soprano; Joanne Hauser, clarinet; Sean Bayntun, piano. Organized by Earle Peach (200)
5 February Homeground Festival
Michelle Koebke; Sean Bayntun, keyboard (300)
1 April City Opera at Minoru Chapel
2pm and 7pm, Richmond
Chloé Hurst, Ed Moran, Sean Bayntun, Tom Durrie (160)
12 April Furlane Cultural Centre Concert
2605 E Pender, Vancouver
Diane Speirs, Willy Miles-Grenzberg (100)
14 June Italian Day on the Drive (6th consecutive appearance)
Grant Street Stage, 6pm
Shadan Saul, Sunny Shams, Sean Bayntun, Tom Durrie (1000+)
16 October Pauline at Québec en toutes letters
original cast, except for Chris Mayell as The Doctor
Le Grand Thèatre du Québec, Quebec City (600)
28 October The Greatest Italian Music Ever Written
Shadan Saul, Barbara Towell, Sunny Shams, Andrew Greenwood, Sean Bayntun, and Tom Durrie
Il Centro: The Italian Cultural Centre (150) (4th concert at ICC)
14 November Lost Operas of Mozart, Concert No. 1
Carnegie Centre, at 4pm. (85)
15 November Lost Operas of Mozart, Concert No. 2
Carnegie Centre, at 7pm (90)
5 February Homeground Festival
Oppenheimer Park, 4 – 5pm
Michelle Koebke, soprano; Roger Parton, piano (200)
19 March Lost Operas of Mozart, Concert No. 3
Carnegie Centre, at 4pm (95)
3 April Festa del Popul
Famee Furlane, 4 – 4:30pm
Melissa Howell, mezzo; Willy Miles-Grenzberg (160)
4 May Minoru Chapel concerts, Richmond, 2pm and 7pm
Chloé Hurst, soprano; Samuel Chan, baritone; Richard Epp, pianist; Tom Durrie, narrator (140)
2 June Festa della Repubblica, Il Centro
Cathleen Gingrich, mezzo (1000)
12 June Italian Day on the Drive (7th annual)
Shadan Saul, soprano. Sunny Shams, tenor. Roger Parton, piano. Tom Durrie, narrator (1000)
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Another recital series for residents of the Downtown Eastside, Strathcona and Chinatown featuring soprano Melanie Krueger and pianist Michael Onwood.
On August 24 2008, City Opera gave another DTES recital, this time in our second year as participants in the Fearless Festival. This Festival is organized annually by the Community Arts Network of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, with support from many fine people and organizations.
It was conceived by Sharon Kravitz in response to a massive story in the Vancouver Sun, ‘Four Blocks of Hell’. And it was conceived to show the city what progress is actually being made through the redemptive power of art and music.
Vancouver’s lovely weather drove us from Pigeon Park to the InterUrban Gallery where, dryness and many friends in attendance, we again offered our music for residents of the Downtown Eastside. It will was later telecast in rotation on Shaw Cable by Fearless TV, thanks to producer Sid Tan.
Soprano Melanie Krueger, joined by pianist Michael Onwood, offered a wonderful program of Tesori, Puccini, Gilbert & Sullivan, Rogers & Hammerstein, Offenbach, Lehàr, and Thomas. The audience joined them in singing ‘Climb Every Mountain’, as great an anthem of hope and optimism as the DTES deserves.
Melanie Krueger, soprano
Michael Onwood, pianist
On 20 February 2009, City Opera participated in the first Homeground Festival at Oppenheimer Park in the DTES. Pianist Michael Onwood and soprano Jamie Onwood presented music from well-known opera and operetta to a wonderfully receptive audience of DTES residents.
"It is an ongoing honour for our company to take part so often in the cultural life of the DTES," said artistic director Charles Barber. "The poor have been cheated of so many beautiful things. Why must they also be cheated of the chance to hear Mozart, Brahms, or Schubert?"
On Saturday 3 October 2009, City Opera gave its first recital in the West End, at historic Roedde House. Soprano Melanie Krueger and pianist Greg Caisley were featured in music that could have been -- and very likely was -- heard in this mansion 100 years ago.
This beautiful Victorian was full, and rang to the songs of its era -- including The Songster, by Pauline Johnson herself. All thanks to Anthony Norfolk and his Board at Roedde House for making us welcome.
On Friday 19 February 2010, beginning at 4:15pm, City Opera participated in the second Homeground Festival at Oppenheimer Park in the DTES.
City Opera was proud to present soprano Caroline Jang, and pianist Michael Onwood, and to once again bring our music to the neighbourhood. An audience of 70 joined us for light classical and popular repertoire appealing to all. Photos at www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=148099&id=297764267658&ref=mf
And on Sunday 6 June 2010, at the Mainstage on Commercial Drive at Second, we were pleased to participate in a long-overdue revival of Italian Day on The Drive. Produced by Tom Durrie, we presented soprano Mariana Valdés and tenor Nicolas Rhind, joined by City Opera staff pianist Greg Caisley, in a hour-long programme of Verdi, Puccini, Cilea, Donizett and Mozart. More than 200 people braved the rain, and loved it.
Opera prevents drowning!
And causes happiness!
On 20 June, we were invited to appear in the opening ceremonies for Italian Week, at the Italian Cultural Centre. Soprano Mariana Valdés, tenor Andrzej Jeziorski, and City Opera staff pianist Greg Caisley were joined by producer-narrator Tom Durrie in a programme of Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Donizetti, Cilea, di Capua, and De Curtis. Their work was exceptionally well-received. Photos of the happy occasion may be seen on our FaceBook page: www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=180999&id=297764267658&ref=mf
This is all part of City Opera's continuing outreach into the greater community. Opera belongs everywhere.
Next recital? Minoru Chapel, behind the Gateway Theatre in Richmond, Wednesday 3 November, 7:30 to 9:00pm. $20 / $18 students and seniors / $15 for groups of ten or more.
We will feature Mariana Valdés, soprano, Nicolas Rhind, tenor, pianist Dr Greg Caisley and narrator Tom Durrie in a wonderful evening of music from Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti and much more. Bring your friends. They will bless you for it.
The historic Minoru Chapel, a beautiful heritage building rarely open to the general public, is located just behind the Gateway Theatre, and Richmond General Hospital, at 6540 Gilbert Road near the Westminster Highway. Ample parking. Details to come here, and on our FaceBook page.
Four more free recitals in the DTES.