PAULINE will be Tobin Stokes’ fifth opera.
From orchestral, chamber, choral and solo vocal music to scores for film, television, and theatre, composer Tobin Stokes approaches the creation of new opera with a large and diverse portfolio. His choral music has premiered in several countries, and his television scores have been broadcast in several more. He is a former Composer In Residence with the Victoria Symphony, and his music has been recorded by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. He has been commissioned by CBC, Elektra Women’s Choir, the 2010 Olympics, and many more. His explorations into music from other cultures have led to various commissions in France, Spain, Australia, and here on the BC coast with First Nations elders, incorporating their stories and melodies.
For his own operas, Stokes is also librettist. His first opera, The Vinedressers, has been produced twice, while his second, Nootka, has been presented as an oratorio. From 2011-2012, on commission from City Opera Vancouver and the Annenberg Foundation of Los Angeles, Stokes created Fallujah. His librettist was Iraqi-American Heather Raffo. Its final presentation was given in May 2012.
His one-act chamber opera about the famous Canadian architect, Francis Rattenbury, premiered in September 2012 at Victoria’s Empress Hotel as part of the 150th birthday celebrations for Victoria. Richard Margison sang the title role. Stokes is ongoing Composer In Residence of the International Choral Kathaumixw Festival in Powell River.