Welcome to City Opera
We are a professional chamber opera company. We produce opera from its rise in 1600 through to new opera alive in our own time. We commission new Canadian opera. We present concerts that animate our brand, widen our audience, and take our music to people where they live.
At City Opera, we are building a repertoire. Building an audience. And building a company. Welcome to the rising future of opera.
BROTHER XII • CHINATOWN • AT THE STATUE OF VENUS • SONGS FOR BETTER DAYS • PERRUQUERIES • THE HUMAN VOICE • CITY OPERA ONLINE • FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY • PoPUpOpera • BERLIN: THE LAST CABARET • NIGREDO HOTEL • MISSING • THE LOST OPERAS OF MOZART • PAULINE • FALLUJAH • SUMIDAGAWA & CURLEW RIVER • THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS • CARMINA BURANA • YEAR-ROUND CONCERTS & SPECIAL EVENTS
AT THE STATUE OF VENUS
Rose is set up on a blind date AT THE STATUE OF VENUS. What could possibly go wrong? Almost everything, it seems. With music by Jake Heggie, libretto by Terrence McNally, starring soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen and pianist Terence Dawson. A romance for our times. And then some.
SONGS FOR BETTER DAYS
Nine singers, nine cultures. Songs of hope and recovery, memory and gratitude. Starring Kat Norris / Watswema • Anastasia Pyshna • Turgut Akmete • Michelle Koebke • Sergio Augusto • Yuhui Wang • Bahareh Poureslami • Melody Courage • Chloé Hurst • Roger Parton, arranger and pianist. In association with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Day of Music, May 2021.
With libretto by Bill Richardson, and music by Jocelyn Morlock, Perruqueries is a wickedly funny take on wigs and the people who wear them. Starring soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen, bass-baritone Peter Monaghan, and pianist Tina Chang.
THE HUMAN VOICE / LA VOIX HUMAINE
starring Isaiah Bell and Roger Parton
September 2022 at The Vancouver Playhouse
Alice Ping Yee Ho
A project supported by The Vancouver Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, The City of Vancouver, Edwina and Paul Heller Memorial Fund, Doretta Lee Memorial Fund, Quan Family Fund, The Illahie Fund, Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation, Wuchien Michael Than Foundation, Vancity Credit Union, and our many individual donors.
CHINATOWN is planned for world premiere in September 2022, at the 668-seat Vancouver Playhouse. The evening will commence with a community dinner, and a memorial parade to The Vancouver Playhouse. This special event will honour the elders and community leaders who have made Chinatown possible, unique, and essential, all these years.
CHINATOWN is a story of family and neighbourhood, racism and resistance, history and tomorrow. In two acts and two hours it examines six characters, two families, and a chorus of male ghosts, from the building of the CPR through to our own times. It deals with violence and despair, the Head Tax, the Exclusion Act, paper sons, and paper promise.
It is a Western opera, but incorporates Chinese themes, sounds and sensibilities. And it is a love story.
The inspiration for CHINATOWN lies in our history, a great neighbourhood and its people, and its resistance against racism – both historical, and resurgent today.
Please join us, and bring the people you love.