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City Opera special announcement

City Opera Appoints New Artistic Director Vancouver, BC – The Board of Directors of City Opera Vancouver (City Opera) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Canadian conductor Gordon Gerrard as the organization’s next Artistic Director. The appointment is the culmination of extensive community consultation and a six-month search, following the retirement of City Opera’s […]

City Opera News update May 15, 2023

Buy 2 tickets & get a 3rd FREE As a friend of City Opera, we want to thank you for your support over the years with a discounted offer to our upcoming presentation of THE BOOK OF MY SHAMES, by the celebrated tenor Isaiah Bell, coming to the Firehall Arts Centre May 18 – 20. […]

City Opera News – May 5, 2023

Don’t miss the next City Opera Vancouver presentation, the Vancouver premiere of … THE BOOK OF MY SHAMES One Gay Man’s Journey of Self-Discovery at the Firehall Arts Centre May 18, 19, & 20 Tickets $40 As a friend of City Opera, we want to thank you for your support over the years with a […]

City Opera News / April 2023

Remembering Jocelyn Morlock City Opera, along with Vancouver’s music community, mourns the passing of an incredibly bright light, an enormous talent, and a friend. Jocelyn Morlock’s immense musical gifts, her bizarre and quirky humour, her kindness, and care, will leave a huge gap in our cultural world. She left a glorious portfolio, human and musical. […]

City Opera News | March 2023

Introducing Alan Corbishley: City Opera’s Interim Artistic Director  Many of you will be well-acquainted with Alan, who has worked closely with City Opera since 2016. Alan is an award-winning arts producer and versatile opera director whose stage works have been described as “poetry on stage.” Alan directed and conceived City Opera’s production The Lost Operas […]

City Opera News for 23 January, 2023

City Opera’s Longtime Artistic Director To Retire Vancouver, BC – The Board of Directors of City Opera Vancouver (City Opera) today announced that Founding Artistic Director Dr. Charles Barber will be retiring from his position, effective March 1, 2023. His departure follows the successful premiere of City Opera’s fifth commission, Chinatown, which chronicles the rich […]

City Opera News for 1 Oct 2022

CHINATOWN A triumph HR I can’t get the music of Chinatown out of my head! Or the story. You have a real winner; I think it’s the best score you’ve ever commissioned—by far. If I lived in Vancouver I would go see it again, just to hear that glorious music. I do hope you are […]

City Opera news special bulletin – FINDING CHINATOWN

FINDING CHINATOWN ~ a special invitation ~ Join us on Opening Day at FINDING CHINATOWN, a special event free to all. Tuesday 13 September, 1-4pm, CNL Auditorium, 537 Main Street, between Pender and Keefer. FINDING CHINATOWN is a conversation among friends. A navigational aid. A look at the real history of Chinatown, our neighbourhood. The […]

City Opera News for 6 Sept 2022

In exactly one week, we open CHINATOWN Madeleine Thien • Alice Ping Yee Ho • Paul Yee   “When I saw a preview of Chinatown last November I knew City Opera was once again going to produce another important Canadian Opera. I am anticipating an exciting event.” – Judith Forst CHINATOWN stars Emma Parkinson, Erica […]

City Opera special announcement re “Chinatown”

25 August 2022 City Opera Vancouver announces a format change in presentation of the new opera CHINATOWN. It opens 13 September at the Vancouver Playhouse. City Opera Vancouver has decided to offer its presentation of CHINATOWN in a new format. We are now offering a complete presentation of the opera, but in a staged concert format. […]

City Opera News – 25 July 2022

CHINATOWN 13 – 17 September 2022. Vancouver Playhouse CITY OPERA announces cast, directors, designers, dates, and tickets for world premiere opera “CHINATOWN may be the most important new opera premiered in Canada this year.” –  Margaret Atwood, Winnie Cheung, Christopher Gaze, Bramwell Tovey, Wendy Yip Librettist: Madeleine Thien Composer: Alice Ping Yee Ho Hoisan translator: Paul Yee […]

“Chinatown” tickets: Get early bird access

The world premiere of CHINATOWN opens on 13 September. By librettist Madeleine Thien, composer Alice Ping Yee Ho, and translator Paul Yee, CHINATOWN is a love story, a tale of a great neighbourhood and its people, an examination of racism and resistance. “It may be the most important new opera premiered in Canada this year.” […]