Events Now Concluded

Annual General Meeting No. 10

Please join us for our tenth AGM, and highlights from our upcoming new opera MISSING. 7 - 8pm, Tuesday 12 September. Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie Street.

City Opera at Il Centro on the piazza 17 August 2017

This is the third of three public concerts we give this summer season on the piazza at Il Centro. Each will have a theme, with food and wine, plus spumoni -- all for a small fee. The concert itself is free. Thursday 17 August 2017, 7 - 8pm

City Opera at Il Centro on the piazza 26 July 2017

This is the second of three public concerts we give this summer season on the piazza at Il Centro. Each will have a theme, with food and wine, plus spumoni -- all for a small fee. The concert itself is free. Wednesday 26 July, 7 - 8pm

City Opera at Il Centro on the Piazza / 15 June 2017

This is the first of three public concerts we give this summer season on the piazza at Il Centro. Each will have a theme, with food and wine, plus spumoni -- all for a small fee. The concert itself is free. Thursday 25 June, 7 - 8pm. With Michelle Koebke, Sunny Shams, Roger Parton, and Tom Durrie.

City Opera at Italian Day on The Drive / 11 June 2017 / 6:30pm

City Opera returns to Italian Day on The Drive: Sunday 11 June, 2pm, at Grandview Park on Commercial Drive. It's free, of course. Please join us there.

City Opera at Vancouver Opera Festival / 3 May 2017

Join librettist Marie Clements and Artistic Director Charles Barber as they join a Vancouver Opera Festival panel on 'Creating New Opera'. Wednesday 3 May 2017, 4:30pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. Free

City Opera at Il Centro Ballroom 25 April 2017

Please join us as we return to the Grand Ballroom of Il Centro: The Italian Cultural Centre. This year, a feast of food, wine, and music. Tuesday 25 April, 7 - 9pm. $20

City Opera at Famee Furlane

We are happy to appear for the third year in a row at this special event, celebrating the music of the Friuli area of Italy. 2605 East Pender, near Nanaimo. Sunday 2 April 2017, at 4pm.

‘MISSING’ piano-vocal workshop at DTES Carnegie Centre

On Tuesday 28 February 2017, we invite the public to a piano-vocal workshop of our new opera MISSING. With a libretto by Marie Clements, set to music by Brian Current, MISSING tells a story everybody knows -- about a woman no one remembers.

This workshop is a beta-test and road-test of our latest commission, and we welcome public comment. Wednesday 1 March, 2 - 5pm, DTES Carnegie Centre, Hastings x Main. Free

‘MISSING’ piano-vocal workshop at NEC

On Tuesday 28 February 2017, we invite the public to a piano-vocal workshop of our new opera MISSING. With a libretto by Marie Clements, set to music by Brian Current, MISSING tells a story everybody knows -- about a woman no one remembers.

This workshop is a beta-test and road-test of our latest commission, and we welcome public comment. Tuesday 28 February 2017, 2pm - 5pm, Native Education College. 285 East Fifth, at Main Street. Free

City Opera at DTES Homeground Festival 2017

Join City Opera at DTES Homeground Festival in Oppenheimer Park, 3 - 4pm, Friday 10 February 2017. Michelle Koebke, soprano. Roger Parton, pianist. Music in a warm tent. Free

City Opera Christmas at Minoru II

Join City Opera artists Elaina Moreau and Spencer Britten, with pianist Roger Parton and host Tom Durrie, in a new welcome to Christmas at Richmond's lovely and intimate Minoru Chapel. Wednesday 7 December 2016, at 2pm and 7pm. All tickets $20, and available at the door.

City Opera Christmas at Minoru I

Join City Opera artists Elaina Moreau and Spencer Britten, with pianist Roger Parton and host Tom Durrie, in a new welcome to Christmas at Richmond's lovely and intimate Minoru Chapel. Wednesday 7 December 2016, at 2pm and 7pm. All tickets $20, and available at the door.

The Lost Operas of Mozart

Join us in the discovery of three remarkable operas that Mozart never finished, containing some of the wittiest and most enchanting music he ever wrote.

The Lost Operas of Mozart

Please join us for a world premiere re-construction of three Mozart comedies, inspired by some of the finest Mozart you have never heard.

The Lost Operas of Mozart

Come discover three LOST OPERAS OF MOZART, and the great what-might-have-been...

LOST OPERAS: a sneak preview on 22 October

Please join us for a free public concert, presenting a sneak preview of THE LOST OPERAS OF MOZART. Saturday 22 October, Carnegie Centre. 4pm to 6pm.

City Opera at Il Centro / 5 October 2016

We make our fifth appearance of the season at Il Centro: The Italian Cultural Centre, on Wednesday 5 October 2016. 7:30pm. Four singers, piano, and narrator. In the ballroom. $20

Opera and Beer: a fundraiser for Lost Operas of Mozart

An evening of Opera & Beer at Big Rock Brewery, 310 West Fourth, as a benefit for THE LOST OPERAS OF MOZART.

City Opera Ninth Annual General Meeting

All members of the City Opera of Vancouver Society are invited to our Ninth AGM, Thursday 15 September 2016, starting at 7pm. Hodson Manor, 1254 West Seventh, between Birch and Alder, below Broadway and east of Granville.

MISSING WOMEN Public Workshop

Please join us at our first public reading of the libretto for MISSING WOMEN. Friday 5 August 2016, 3 - 5:30pm, DTES Carnegie Centre. Free.

City Opera at Il Centro / 4 August 2016

We make our fourth appearance of the season at Il Centro: The Italian Cultural Centre, on Thursday 4 August. 7:00pm. Famous Italian Comedies, with soprano Michelle Koebke, bass Michael MacKinnon, pianist Roger Parton, and narrator Tom Durrie. On the plaza, and free.

City Opera at Il Centro / 14 July 2016

We make our third appearance of the season at Il Centro: The Italian Cultural Centre, on Wednesday 22 June. 7:30pm. Neapolitan songs. Shadan Saul, soprano. Sunny Shams, tenor. Roger Parton, pianist. Tom Durrie, narrator. On the piazza, and free.

City Opera at Il Centro / 22 June 2016 / 7:30pm

We make our first concert appearance of the season at Il Centro on Wednesday 22 June 2016, at 7:30pm. In the ballroom. $20

Italian Day on The Drive / 12 June 2016 / 1pm

City Opera is honored to appear -- for the seventh year in a row -- at this wonderful cultural event. Spanning Commercial Drive from Broadway to Venables, the festival offers everything wonderful about Italian culture. And music reigns supreme.

City Opera at Minoru Chapel, Richmond / 4 May 2016 at 7pm

At the beautiful and historic Minoru Chapel in Richmond, on Wednesday 4 May 2016, at 7pm, City Opera will give a concert of wonderful music from our arena.

City Opera at Minoru Chapel, Richmond / 4 May 2016 at 2pm

At the beautiful and historic Minoru Chapel in Richmond, on Wednesday 4 May 2016, at 2pm and 7pm, City Opera will give a concert of wonderful music from our arena.

City Opera at Fieste dal Popul / 3 April

City Opera returns to the Famee Furlane Hall, and joins in the wonderful Fieste dal Popul on Sunday 3 April, at 2pm. 2605 East Pender, near Nanaimo.

City Opera at DTES HomeGround Festival 2016

Please join City Opera for another free concert at the DTES HomeGround Festival, Oppenheimer Park, on Friday 5 February 2016, from 4 - 5pm

Lost Operas of Mozart / second concert

Please join us for the 'world premiere' of three lost operas by Mozart, newly re-constructed by City Opera. Free at the Carnegie Centre, Sunday 15 November, starting at 7pm.

Lost Operas of Mozart / first concert

First public event, introducing THE LOST OPERAS OF MOZART. Carnegie Centre. Saturday 14 November, 11am to 5pm. Free

City Opera at Il Centro 28 October 2015

Join us for the greatest music in all Italian opera, presented by City Opera Vancouver at Il Centro: The Italian Cultural Centre. 7:30pm, Wednesday 28 October 2015. All seats $20.

Callbacks for Lost Operas of Mozart

Callbacks for The Lost Operas of Mozart will be held on Monday 21 September 2015, from 7pm to 10pm. These callbacks will be held at Tom Lee Music Hall, Third Floor, 929 Granville Street, Vancouver.

Auditions for Lost Operas of Mozart

'Lost Operas of Mozart' auditions run from 10am to 5pm on 19 and 20 September 2015. Callbacks run from 7pm to 10pm on 21 September.

These auditions will be held at Tom Lee Music Hall, Third Floor, 929 Granville Street, Vancouver.

Auditions for Lost Operas of Mozart

'Lost Operas of Mozart' auditions run from 10am to 5pm on 19 and 20 September 2015. Callbacks run from 7pm to 10pm on 21 September.

These auditions will be held at Tom Lee Music Hall, Third Floor, 929 Granville Street, Vancouver.

City Opera at Italian Day on The Drive 2015

Please join City Opera at Italian Day on The Drive, Sunday 14 June 2015. 1pm at the mainstage, Commercial x Grant. Great music, free to all.

City Opera at Festa del Popolo Furlan

We are proud to perform at this year's Festival of the Friuli Region. Please join soprano Francesca Furtiva and baritone Willy Miles-Grenzberg in a concert of operatic and art music.

Sunday 12 April at 2:30pm. Famee Furlane Hall, 2605 East Pender, west of Nanaimo. $30.00 at the door. Includes a buffet dinner after the concert.

City Opera at Minoru Chapel in Richmond

Please join us on Wednesday 1 April 2015, from 2-3:30pm and again from 7-8:30pm, for a return visit to the charming Minoru Chapel in Richmond. We will feature soprano Chloé Hurst, baritone Ed Moran, pianist Sean Bayntun, and narrator Tom Durrie in Classics of the Musical Stage / Porgy & Bess & Beyond, offering the great […]

Homeground Festival 2015

Please join us for another free public concert at the DTES Oppenheimer Park, Thursday 5 February 2015, from 4pm - 5pm.

City Opera plays benefit for Carnegie Centre Newsletter

Join City Opera at a benefit concert for the Carnegie Newsletter, Saturday evening, 24 January 2015.

City Opera at Holt Renfrew Xmas

Join a four-voice chorus à capella at Holt Renfrew on Saturday 20 December, from 3-5pm throughout the store. Free to all. With soprano Leah Alfred, mezzo Leah Field, tenor Andrew Lennox, and baritone Alan Macdonald.

City Opera Christmas at Shadbolt Centre

Please join us for two public concerts at Burnaby's renowned Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Saturday 13 December, from 6:40 - 7pm, and again from 7:35 - 7:55pm. Christmas Music from opera, with soprano Chloé Hurst, tenor Brian Kwangmin Lee, pianist Eva Hodgson, and narrator Tom Durrie. The Shadbolt Centre is off Canada Way at […]

Puccini a Piacere: as you like it

Join us at Il Centro:  the Italian Cultural Centre for an evening in celebration of the life of Puccini, who died ninety years ago this month. We offer wonderful music graced by wonderful singers, and surprises throughout the night -- plus prosecco. $22.50 per person. Thursday 20 November 2014. With soprano Chloé Hurst, soprano Sarah […]

The Mozart Miracle

An exciting and joyful encounter with The Mozart Miracle. Join soprano Bahareh Poureslami, pianist David Boothroyd, and narrator Charles Barber for this intimate and exciting look at one of the most important composers who ever lived. You will hear music you never believed possible.

Free. 7pm Friday 7 November. The Carnegie Centre, Hastings x Main

In partnership with The Heart of the City Festival.

CITY OPERA at HOLT RENFREW

Join us for a City Opera concert of Puccini at Holt Renfrew, with all proceeds going to breast cancer research. 8pm, Wednesday 1 October Holt Renfrew, at Granville x Dunsmuir Please join soprano Chloé Hurst, tenor Martin Sadd, pianist Michael Onwood, and host Tom Durrie for the Opening Night festivities in the 19-day Italian Immersion […]

Italian Day on The Drive

Join us for another public concert at this year's Italian Day on The Drive. We are on the mainstage at Commercial Drive x Second, beginning at 1pm. This year, we feature soprano Chloé Hurst, tenor Sunny Shams, pianist David Boothroyd, and narrator Tom Durrie. Free, of course.

PAULINE: World Premiere

A new opera by Margaret Atwood & Tobin Stokes, directed by Norman Armour. Click title for full details.

West Meets East: A Free Concert of Chinese and Western Classical Music

Join baritone William Liu, and pianist David Boothroyd, for a delightful and illuminating free concert at the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum. It will trace the beauty and connections between great music of two great cultures. Sunday 2 March, 2pm - 3:30pm. 555 Columbia Street, just south of Pender.

Homeground Festival at Oppenheimer Park

Once again, City Opera Vancouver is proud to appear in the DTES Homeground Festival at Oppenheimer Park. With soprano Michelle Koebke, and pianist David Boothroyd. Please join us. Free.

PAULINE: Special Community Preview

Friday 29 November 2013 7pm – 9pm at the Carnegie Centre / free This event will be a complete run of PAULINE in concert, followed by Q&A and general discussion. The composer will be in attendance.

City Opera at Minoru Chapel

All-Puccini Wednesday 6 November, 2013, at 2pm and 7pm with soprano Michelle Koebke, tenor Sunny Shams, pianist David Boothroyd, and narrator Tom Durrie $18 and $20 6540 Gilbert Road, Richmond in the park behind the Gateway Theatre and Richmond General Hospital

City Opera Singalong at St James Music Academy

Please join us for a singalong with the congregation of St James Anglican, and the St James Music Academy chorus. The Anvil Chorus, from Verdi's 'Trovatore'. Free, of course, and part of the 2013 DTES Heart of the City Festival. 12:30 noon, Gore x Cordova, on Saturday 2 November 2013

Creating Pauline — A New Canadian Opera

In partnership with the DTES Heart of the City Festival, we present a look into the creation of Pauline, and the life of the extraordinary woman who inspired it. Public discussion follows. Free. With mezzo Rose-Ellen Nichols, pianist David Boothroyd, composer Tobin Stokes, and director Norman Armour.

PAULINE: Workshop No. 2

Monday, Tuesday, 28 and 29 October 10am to 6pm / free New Beginnings Baptist Church 1537 Frances, at Woodland

VIVA VERDI !

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth Thursday 10 October Prosecco and Concert at 7pm / all seats $20 With Sarah Vardy, Rose-Ellen Nichols, Sunny Shams, Andrew Greenwood, and pianist David Boothroyd. Tom Durrie narrates. Italian Cultural Centre, Grandview x Slocan

Kay Meek Opera Series: Concert No. 1

Sunday 6 October 4pm – 6pm / tickets at various prices. Buy tickets at the Kay Meek website. Kay Meek Theatre, 1700 Mathers x 15th, West Vancouver with soprano Michelle Koebke, tenor Ken Lavigne, and pianist David Boothroyd in an enchanting afternoon of opera and Broadway.

PAULINE: Workshop No. 1

10-6 Friday and Saturday. Free admission. Tom Lee Music Hall, 939 Granville Street

Stanley Park 125th Anniversary

free event Pauline sings at Lost Lagoon, on a stage specially built at Chilco Street x Alberni. Rose-Ellen Nichols, mezzo-soprano. David Boothroyd, keyboard. Charles Barber, narrator. Saturday & Sunday, August 24 and 25. 1:30pm and 4:30pm, both days.

Chinatown Night Market

Keefer at Columbia Featuring baritone William Liu in a concert of classical western and Chinese song. David Boothroyd, keyboard. Sponsored by the Vancouver Chinatown Merchant’s Association

Italian Day on The Drive

1pm – 2pm / free Commercial Drive at 2nd Avenue With soprano Diane Speirs, baritone Andrew Greenwood, and pianist Richard Epp. Narrator: Tom Durrie. Hundreds attended a very successful event. Please see our FB page for photos. Sponsored by the Italian Day Festival Society

Sing-Along Great Opera Choruses

Friday 31 May

120 people attended and sang, and saw very special guest Christopher Gaze reprising his role as Major-General Stanley — plus conductor, piano, and real anvils!

Our guest singers, who stood SATB in the audience, were Chloé Hurst, Rose-Ellen Nichols, Mark Donnelly, and Andrew Greenwood. Principal Anvillain: Duncan Watts-Grant. Keyboard: David Boothroyd.

7pm – 9pm / free

Carnegie Centre, Hastings at Main

Words and music at the door / free

Sponsored by the Vancity SFU Office of Community Engagement

Sixth Annual AGM

Thursday 9 May 2013 40 people joined us at the Canadian Music Centre, and heard guest artists Rose-Ellen Nichols, Will George, pianist David Boothroyd, and composer Tobin Stokes in a first-ever duet from Pauline.