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City Opera Vancouver receives $250,000 commissioning grant for new chamber opera

City Opera Vancouver’s Board of Directors is delighted to announce the company has been awarded a commissioning grant of $250,000 US from the Annenberg Foundation, in connection with the philanthropic multimedia organization Explore. This extraordinary sum is believed to be the largest single commissioning grant in Canadian history. The working title: FALLUJAH.

City Opera Production Fund now created…

The City Opera art auction was a big success. The auction events, which took place in October and December, comprised fifty-two lots generously donated to COV.  Forty-one of these had sold as of December 16th, at prices both above and below the pre-auction estimates. The proceeds of sale were over $43,000, the entire sum going […]

Our friends: VISI

Another one of our great friends is Rena Sharon at the Vancouver International Song Institute. We invite you to visit VISI online at VISI is a UBC-based summer programme that brings together collaborative teaching and learning about song and art song. Performers explore expressive boundaries, scholars consider new research interactions, poets and composers discuss […]

COV Partners with Heffel Fine Art Auction House to “Help Art Make Music”

Building our production fund [singlepic=8,150,200,right]You can support City Opera and acquire a coveted work of art. Bid from home — or visit the gallery and bid in person. Second Auction: December 2 – 16. Works in various media. Works in this benefit auction include paintings, prints, photographs, and a Salish feast bowl. Style and subject […]

COV at Minoru Chapel in Richmond

Minoru Chapel, behind the Gateway Theatre in Richmond, was the location of our most recent recital. Wednesday 3 November, 7:30 to 9:00pm was the time and date. A packed house of 100 heard soprano Mariana Valdés, tenor Nicolas Rhind, pianist Dr Greg Caisley and narrator Tom Durrie in a wonderful evening of music from Puccini, […]

COV at the Italian Cultural Centre

On 20 June, we were invited to appear in the opening ceremonies for Italian Week, at the Italian Cultural Centre. Soprano Mariana Valdés, tenor Andrzej Jeziorski, and City Opera staff pianist Greg Caisley were joined by producer-narrator Tom Durrie in a programme of Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Donizetti, Cilea, di Capua, and De Curtis. Their work […]

Italian Day

And on Sunday 6 June 2010, at the Mainstage on Commercial Drive at Second, we were pleased to participate in a long-overdue revival of Italian Day on The Drive. Produced by Tom Durrie, we presented soprano Mariana Valdés and tenor Nicolas Rhind, joined by City Opera staff pianist Greg Caisley, in a hour-long programme of […]

Second Homeground Festival

On Friday 19 February 2010, beginning at 4:15pm, City Opera participated in the second Homeground Festival at Oppenheimer Park in the DTES. City Opera was proud to present soprano Caroline Jang, and pianist Michael Onwood, and to once again bring our music to the neighbourhood. An audience of 70 joined us for light classical and […]

COV comes to the West End with a recital at Roedde House

On Saturday 3 October 2009, City Opera gave its first recital in the West End, at historic Roedde House. Soprano Melanie Krueger and pianist Greg Caisley were featured in music that could have been — and very likely was — heard in this mansion 100 years ago. This beautiful Victorian was full, and rang to […]

Homeground Festival

On 20 February 2009, City Opera participated in the first Homeground Festival at Oppenheimer Park in the DTES. Pianist Michael Onwood and soprano Jamie Onwood presented music from well-known opera and operetta to a wonderfully receptive audience of DTES residents. “It is an ongoing honour for our company to take part so often in the […]

Edition 2 of our DTES recital series

Another recital series for residents of the Downtown Eastside, Strathcona and Chinatown featuring soprano Melanie Krueger and pianist Michael Onwood. On August 24 2008, City Opera gave another DTES recital, this time in our second year as participants in the Fearless Festival. This Festival is organized annually by the Community Arts Network of the Community […]