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Perruqueries / Online Opera No. 2

Do you have questions about wigs? Wonder who to ask? Join us for a comic cantata by Bill Richardson and Jocelyn Morlock – with soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen, bass-baritone Peter Monaghan, and pianist Sophie Tang.

Hear about the soprano whose wig caught fire during Tosca, hockey players who wear more than helmets on their heads, and more. Free, of course, now at [URL w/still]


The Human  Voice: La Voix Humaine / Online Opera No. 1

starring tenor Isaiah Bell, with pianist Roger Parton, filmed at The Cultch Historic Theatre, has attracted wonderful reviews: “XXX”

In one act and 47 minutes, it remains free and online for a year: [URL w/still]


Art Auction V / 2021

Curator Bill Jeffries has organized four online art auctions for City Opera, and raised $60,000. We thank him -- and our partners at Heffel Fine Art Auction House. Bill is now organizing a fifth, in support of our new opera CHINATOWN. It is a rolling auction and will continue across the year, with the first three works available now at [URL]

We are soliciting donations of worthy artwork. Can you help? Should you need to make space on a wall, or in a closet… [jpeg]. Special thanks to Round One donors Anna Kirkbride, Sharon Meen, Michael O’Connell and Carol Sawyer! Your gifts of the art of Christos Dikeakos, Fay Godwin, and Toni Onley are wonderful.

Should you know anyone who would like to donate gently owned art, please contact Bill at bjeffries@telus.net We provide thanks, and a charitable tax receipt based on the fair market value of the work.


PoPUpOpera 2021

Weather and COVID permitting, at the end of April we re-start our PoPUpOpera mini-concerts. We gave 19 last summer, all around Vancouver. We are planning 25 this summer. Free, of course. Thanks to BC Gaming for its support. [popup logo]


Coming next to City Opera Online...

Rose has been set up on a blind date. They agree to meet at the statue of Venus, but the moment Rose arrives she has regrets...

Join us for a charming, sweet, poignant romance, full of doubt and self-doubt and longing. Starring Robyn Driedger-Klassen, with pianist Terence Dawson, AT THE STATUE OF VENUS is not to be missed – and coming in June. Libretto by Terrence McNally, and with the special permission of composer Jake Heggie. Free, of course. [jpeg]

Virtual Studio

is a new tech from Stanford that seems to have solved the problems of lag and latency that make online rehearsals and performances so flawed. In late January, the BC Arts Council made a generous award allowing City Opera to purchase this equipment. [BCAC logo] Through the Canadian Music Centre, we will be sharing it with other performing arts groups in Vancouver.

Meantime: a fascinating piece in The New Yorker about how – and why – it works.

Our thanks

City Opera, like every company during pandemic, is grateful for the ongoing and generous support of our friends and patrons, foundations, agencies, and government at every level. We thank you for your steadfast belief in chamber opera, new music, and great Canadian stories.