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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:  NOT A DAY GOES BY

City Opera & Stephen Sondheim at Chutzpah! Opening Night, Thursday 3 November 2022, 8pm, in the Wosk Auditorium.

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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. It ran 13 - 17 September 2022, at the Vancouver Playhouse, and led to the longest standing ovation in City Opera history.

Videos

The Story of Chinatown

Interviews with the creators and cast of Chinatown:

The Music of Chinatown

Here is Vania Chan in the Keefer Street aria, from Act Two, Scene Two:

 

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.

 

Finally, here's Emma Parkinson with Anna's Aria:

 


Three arias from CHINATOWN were presented as part of the VSO's Day of Music.

 

CHINATOWN is 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, Susan and Keith Mew Family Foundation, Hamber Foundation, Griffin Foundation, Heffel Fine Art Galleries, McLean Foundation, Susan and Wayne Mew Foundation, Vancity Credit Union, and our many individual donors.  

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CITY OPERA, SO FAR

NOT A DAY GOES BY • CHINATOWN • AT THE STATUE OF VENUS • SONGS FOR BETTER DAYS • PERRUQUERIES • THE HUMAN VOICE • CITY OPERA ONLINE • FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY • Jack Trip / Virtual Studio • 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