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 – 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 | 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 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 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.” […]

City Opera News for 15 June 2022

“Countless stars, and this ocean too small to hold our memories.” — Xon Pon to Saihin in Chinatown CHINATOWN: a powerful new opera by Madeleine Thien, Alice Ping Yee Ho, and Paul Yee 13, 14, 15, and 16 September at 7:30pm Saturday 17 September at 2pm Vancouver Playhouse Tickets on sale 15 July “It may […]

Pottery e-special

Hello All, We’re excited to announce that City Opera’s premiere production of Chinatown has received a major donation in the form of a huge sale of BC pottery, most from the studio and collection of Charmian Johnson. For this event, May 28 & 29, Charmian Johnson’s pots are priced to sell. We want all of them to […]

City Opera e-special for March 31, 2022

CHINATOWN a new opera by Madeleine Thien, Alice Ping Yee Ho, and Paul Yee 13 – 17 September 2022 / The Vancouver Playhouse preserving the legacy / telling the story CHINATOWN is a story of family and neighbourhood, racism and resistance, history and ourselves. Set in 1961, it pivots to the building of the CPR, […]

City Opera News for 15 March 2022

Chinatown / 13 – 17 September 2022 / Vancouver Playhouse Join the 1000+ people who have already watched a preview trailer from our new opera Chinatown. It stars Erica Iris Huang as the Hoisan Singer, and will amaze. Tickets go on sale in July. Please join us, and bring someone you love. Concerts in 2022 Last year, […]