Missing tells a story everybody knows, about a woman no one remembers.
Set in Vancouver and along the Highway of Tears, this music drama is being created to give voice to the story of Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, and to show that each and every one of these missing people is honored.
Our libretto is by the distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements. Our composer is Juno-award winner Brian Current. Missing is co-produced by City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria.
Missing will premiere on 1 November 2017 during the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, before an invited audience of families, friends and the DTES community of the missing.
This event is guided by an advisory group of four DTES-involved aboriginal women and elders.
It will be presented at the Russian Hall, and in the context of ceremony led by elders. Grief counselors will be in attendance. Cedar brushing and smudging will be available. A Book of Remembrance may be signed by all who wish, and will thereafter travel with the opera.
Public Piano-Vocal Workshops / Now Concluded
In Victoria: 23, 24 February 2017
The Baumann Centre for Opera
In Vancouver: 28 February 2017 (2pm, Native Education College)
1 March 2017 (2pm, DTES Carnegie Centre)
Families Only Invitational Performance
1 November 2017 – 7:30pm, The Russian Hall, Vancouver
Co-produced by Vancouver Moving Theatre / The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 November 2017 – The York Theatre, Vancouver
16, 18, 20, 22, and 24 November 2017 – The Baumann Centre for Opera, Victoria
A BC tour is being planned in 2018 along The Highway of Tears, from Prince Rupert to Prince George. A subsequent national tour, based on enquiries and proposals now received from Courtenay/Comox, Revelstoke, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montrèal, is being examined.
Libretto: Marie Clements
Music: Brian Current
Gitsxan Translations: Vincent Gogag
Gitxsan IPA Version: Michael David Schwan
Producers: Janet Lea & Nora Kelly
Stage Director: Peter Hinton
Music Director: Charles Barber
Production Manager: Jayson McLean
Lighting Designer: John Webber
City Opera General Manager: Cathleen Gingrich
Local personnel TBA. Dates are confirmed. www.pov.bc.ca
Missing is made possible by an extraordinary creation grant of $127,000 from The Vancouver Foundation. We are profoundly grateful for their confidence, faith, and vision.
We are similarly grateful to the BC Arts Council for generous interim funding, to The Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation for a major investment in this new chamber opera, to the City of Vancouver for special support toward the DTES Families-Only performance, to Accent Inns for ongoing provision of accommodation for out of town artists, and to the Canada Council / New Chapter programme for a significant award in its co-production.