Welcome to City Opera 

We are a professional chamber opera company. We produce opera from the rise of the genre in 1600 through to new opera alive in our own time. We present recitals and concerts that build our brand, widen our audience, and take our music to people where they live. We work in a metro area of 2.5 million people, and in a culture of tremendous creativity.

At City Opera, we are building a repertoire. Building an audience. And building a company. Welcome to the rising future of opera.


Chamber Opera: intimate eloquence.

Opera in close-up.  

So close you can almost touch it.

Our next event: City Opera at Britannia Community Centre. Opera classics and Christmas. From 7:30pm, Sunday 16 December. On Napier, west of Commercial. With soprano Michelle Koebke & pianist Roger Parton. Free, of course



NIGREDO HOTEL / September 2018 / now concluded

A bizarre, comic and macabre opera

You can’t imagine who checks in next…

Nigredo Hotel is the story of an encounter between a beautiful but crazed woman who runs a shoddy hotel, and a brain surgeon who takes refuge there after he crashes his car. By Nic Gotham and  Ann-Marie MacDonald. 

Directed by Alan Corbishley [www.alancorbishley.com], and starring Tyler Duncan [www.tylerduncan.ca] and Sarah Vardy [sarahvardy.com]. Set and lighting design by John Webber [johnwebber.ca]. Costumes by Barbara Clayden. Graphics by Sara Bailey [thinkmika.com/work/].

The hotel opened on 20 September 2018, and continued on 21 and 22 September, all at 8pm, and all at The Cultch. 


MISSING / November 2017 / now concluded

Missing tells a story everybody knows, about a woman no one remembers. Set both in Vancouver and along the Highway of Tears, this is strong and essential drama. Its libretto is by the distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements, and its music by the Juno-award winning Brian Current. Our stage director is Peter Hinton. Missing is co-produced by City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria, and is the cover story in the February 2018 edition of Opera Canada Magazine.

Missing was made possible by an extraordinary creation grant of $127,000 from The Vancouver Foundation. We are profoundly grateful for the Foundation's confidence, faith, and vision.

We are similarly grateful to the City of Vancouver for year-round funding, and special funding for our Families-Only premiere; to the BC Arts Council for generous interim, project, and year-round funding; to Vancity Credit Union for a highly significant award; to Accent Inns for artist accommodation; to Telus Communications for a generous gift;  to the Paul and Edwina Heller Memorial Fund for another major investment in City Opera; to The Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation for a major award for this new music drama; and, to the Canada Council / New Chapter programme for an exceptional investment in our co-production.