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 and OnLine Opera 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.
COMING NEXT: CHINATOWN
September 2022 at The Vancouver Playhouse
Our next new opera is CHINATOWN. Its world premiere runs at The Vancouver Playhouse from 13 – 17 September 2022. Its libretto is by Madeleine Thien, music by Alice Ping Yee Ho, and Hoisan translation by Paul Yee. Tickets go on sale in July.
Here is Derek Kwan in the Paper Son aria, from Act Two, Scene Two:
And here a preview of Erica Iris Huang as the Hoisan Singer, from Act One, Scene One.
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, R&J Stern Family Foundation, Doretta Lee Memorial Fund, Quan Family Fund, The Illahie Fund, Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation, Wuchien Michael Than Foundation, Sue and Keith Mew Family Foundation, Vancity Credit Union, and our many individual donors.
CHINATOWN is given world premiere in September 2022, at the 668-seat Vancouver Playhouse. The evening opens with FINDING CHINATOWN, 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.
THE STORY OF CHINATOWN
Our new opera 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.
CITY OPERA, SO FAR
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