City Opera News for 14 Dec 2021

COVID and concerts… Musicians improvise. COVID demands improvisation. In 2021, we gave 33 PoPUpOpera concerts. These included two at Cottage Hospice, three in support of vax clinics at the Convention Centre, and four at Sun Yat-Sen Gardens. Below, two of the staff who came outside for our concert at the DTES Coastal Health Clinic. They […]

COV News Special – Oct 26, 2021

Chutzpah, Marxes, & City Opera Chinatown Preview • Virtual Studio Missing in Alaska DTES PoPUpOpera • 14th AGM Chutzpah Festival. Marx Brothers. City Opera. None had more chutzpah than the Marx Brothers. In their 1935 MGM classic, A Night at the Opera, their absurd and subversive humour is in full bloom. Join City Opera as we open […]

City Opera News for 15 Sept 2021

Pictured above: City Opera at ACT Maple Ridge Covid and Concerts… Musicians improvise. COVID demands improvisation. And it means taking our music to people where they live. We gave 19 PoPUpOperas last season, and plan 35 PoPUp and long-form concerts this season. So far, we have given 34: Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens (4 events), […]

City Opera News for 15 June 2021

With the coming of summer… and the new COVID rules, we resume our PoPUpOpera mini-concerts. We gave 19 last year, and are planning 35 this year – all free, and all outdoors. The first is at the gorgeous Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. Another twelve will be held at underserved parks, pursuant to our new […]

City Opera Vancouver News / 26 March 2021

Does anyone have perru-queries? If so, City Opera has answers. One of the wittiest, most sly and subtle comic cantatas ever written, Perruqueries [questions about wigs] was published at City Opera Online today. Click here to watch it now. With libretto by Bill Richardson, and music by Jocelyn Morlock, Perruqueries is a wickedly funny take […]

City Opera Vancouver News / 15 March 2021

The Human  Voice / Online Opera No. 1… starring tenor Isaiah Bell, with pianist Roger Parton, has attracted wonderful reviews. In the Spring 2021 edition of Opera Canada, critic Robert Jordan writes:  “With a remarkably fine tenor, Isaiah Bell conveys his character’s vain attempts to communicate an utter devastation that his male lover is ending their […]

City Opera News for 18 Jan 2021

MEUS EX MACHINA THE HUMAN VOICE. NOW COMPLETE, ONLINE, AND FREE A dazzling and contemporary adaptation of Poulenc’s masterpiece, La Voix Humaine. The agony of failed love. Failed technology. A story of ourselves. This is the first new production at City Opera Online. Starring tenor Isaiah Bell, with pianist Roger Parton, The Human Voice presents […]

City Opera’s THE HUMAN VOICE starts streaming today

A vivid new production of a masterpiece. “The Human Voice” released at City Opera Online The agony of failed love. The coldness of the machine. The voice of humanity. City Opera Vancouver’s first online opera will be released on Monday 11 January 2021, beginning at noon. It is free to all, on our YouTube channel. […]

City Opera News for 15 December 2020

The Human Voice. La Voix Humaine / Jan 2021 … starring tenor Isaiah Bell, has been filmed at The Cultch Historic Theatre, and is set for release as a series of nightly webisodes in January 2021, sung in a new English translation. Thanks to coach/pianist Roger Parton, Chris Randle (video), Andrew Smith (sound), Sophie Tang […]

Mailout 23 October 2020 – Festival of Contemporary

On October 2, we launched the Festival of Contemporary. It runs to October 31. We have introduced rare, archival, unique and most moving film of 21st C Canadian artists active in song, drama and theatre, composition and collaboration, fusion and fantasy, opera and dance and cinema. And more. We have offered the work and imagination […]

The Festival of Contemporary starts Friday!

Opening Friday, at the Festival of Contemporary… Some of the most exciting work of the 21st century. Canadian artists exceptional in every domain. Art, drama, dance, music, design — and, of course, opera. One short video a day, for a month. Care to join us? It’s free, and it’s yours. Visit the Festival Or subscribe […]

City Opera News for 18 Sept 2020

These are strange, wretched, and melancholy times. Everyone wants it to be over, awaits the vaccine, tries to obey the rules, finds no certain end in sight, and relies more than ever on friends and family. At City Opera – as with so many other companies – we are re-inventing and re-creating ourselves. Opera is […]