Production History

Founded in 2006, City Opera Vancouver has begun its 16th year commissioning and presenting full productions of chamber opera, and of operatic repertoire in concert. We have produced 215 recitals, readings, special events, and MainStage productions.

71 special events have been given in the DTES, including workshops of newly commissioned operas at the Carnegie Centre, Native Education College, Chinese Cultural Centre, Floata, and the CNL Auditorium. We average one such event a month, year-round.

We also give opera in concert and recital. These took place at Granville Island, Museum of Vancouver, Minoru Chapel, DTES Carnegie Centre, Oppenheimer Park, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, Italian Day on The Drive, Holt Renfrew, Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, Roedde House, Sun-Yat Sen Chinese Classical Gardens, Evelyne Saller Centre, Jacob’s Well, DTES Homeground Festival, Pigeon Park, Kay Meek Theatre, Eagle Harbour Yacht Club, Strathcona Community Centre, Shadbolt Centre, St James Anglican Church, Chinatown Night Market, Hodson Manor, Famee Furlane Cultural Centre, Lost Lagoon, DTES Heart of the City Festival, Phoenix Recovery Society of Surrey, Westminster Recovery House in New Westminster, Last Door Recovery Society in New Westminster, BC Culture Days, the DTES Fearless Festival, The Annex, Canadian Music Centre, InterUrban Gallery, John Fluevog Shoes, City of Vancouver Council Chambers, West End Car Free Day, CBC Studio 700, Britannia Seniors Centre, Trout Lake Community Centre at John Hendry Park, Beaconsfield Park, Chinatown SkyTrain Plaza, International Village Plaza, MacLean Park, Canada Line Cambie x Broadway, Canada Line King Edward Station, Canada Line Oakridge/41st Station, Canada Line Langara/49th Station, DTES CRAB Park, Broadway-Commercial SkyTrain Station, Waterfront SkyTrain Station, Burrard SkyTrain Station, Stadium/Chinatown SkyTrain Station, Grandview Park, BC Cancer Agency at VGH, 300 Block Alexander Street, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority DTES Powell Street Clinic, ACT Maple Ridge, Vancouver Coastal Health Vaccination Clinics, Jewish Community Centre, Cottage Hospice, Kits Beach, Maple Plaza x 4th Avenue, DTES Victory Square, Thornton Park, Bobolink Park, Library Square, šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn QET Plaza, Science World, False Creek Seawall, Vancouver Art Gallery Robson Plaza, DTES Andy Livingstone Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Dude Chilling Park, Roedde House, DTES Four Sisters Co-op, Chutzpah Festival, LaFarge Town Centre Park Coquitlam, and VanDusen Gardens.


We have also given ten mainstage productions, including five commissions.

2022             Chinatown, by Alice Ping Yee Ho (music), Madeleine Thien (libretto), and Paul Yee (Hoisan translations). Premiere. Vancouver Playhouse

2021             The Human Voice (a contemporary adaptation by Isaiah Bell of Poulenc's La Voix Humaine) Online only, and free, at City Opera Online

2020             Berlin: The Last Cabaret (devised by Alan Corbishley, Joanna Garfinkel, Roger Parton) World Premiere, at PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Performance Works

2019             Missing (Marie Clements and Brian Current)
Tour to Victoria, Prince George, and Regina. Various

2018            Nigredo Hotel (Ann-Marie Macdonald and Nick Gotham) Vancouver Premiere. Historic Cultch Theatre

2017             Missing (Marie Clements and Brian Current)
World Premiere. York Theatre

2017             Missing (Marie Clements and Brian Current)
Production at Pacific Opera Victoria, Baumann Centre

2017            Fallujah (Heather Raffo and Tobin Stokes)
Productions at New York City Opera, Long Beach Opera, and winner of an LA Emmy. Various

2016            The Lost Operas of Mozart (W.A. Mozart and Maria Reva) World Premiere. Christ Church Cathedral       

2015            Pauline (Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes)
Tour to Québec City. Grand Théâtre de Québec

2014           Pauline (Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes)
World Premiere. York Theatre

2012            Fallujah (Heather Raffo and Tobin Stokes)
World Premiere. Frederic Wood Theatre

2010            Sumidagawa & Curlew River (Motomasa, Britten)
Canadian Event Premiere. Frederic Wood Theatre

2008            Emperor of Atlantis (Viktor Ullmann and Petr Kien) British Columbia Premiere. Norman Rothstein Theatre

2007            Singalong Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)
Canadian Event Premiere. St Andrew's-Wesley United Church

[Correct at 30 September 2020]



Chinatown (September 2021), by Madeleine Thien and Alice Ping Yee Ho

Brother XII (2025), by Maria Reva