Missing / 2017

Missing has now closed its premiere run of six nights in Vancouver, and another six nights at Pacific Opera Victoria. It was an extraordinary success. 

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Missing tells a story everybody knows, about a woman no one remembers.

Set in Vancouver and along the Highway of Tears, this music drama is being created to give voice to the story of Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, and to show that each and every one of these missing people is honored.

Our libretto is by the distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements. Our composer is Juno-award winner Brian Current. Missing is co-produced by City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria.

Missing premiered on 1 November 2017 during the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, before an invited audience of families, friends and the DTES community of the missing.

This event was guided by an advisory group of four DTES-involved aboriginal women and elders. It was presented at the Russian Hall, and in the context of ceremony led by elders.  Grief counselors were in attendance. Cedar brushing and smudging was available, and a medicine bag was presented to every family at opera's end.


Families Only Invitational Performance
1 November 2017 – 7:30pm, The Russian Hall, Vancouver
Co-produced by Vancouver Moving Theatre / The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

Public Performances
3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 November 2017 – The York Theatre, Vancouver
17, 19, 21, 23, and 25 November 2017 – The Baumann Centre for Opera, Victoria


A BC tour is being planned in 2018 along The Highway of Tears, from Prince Rupert to Prince George. A subsequent national tour is being examined.


Librettist: Marie Clements
Composer: Brian Current
Gitsxan Translations: Vincent Gogag
Gitxsan IPA Version: Michael David Schwan



Creative team:

Producers: Janet Lea & Nora Kelly
Conductor: Timothy Long
Stage Director: Peter Hinton
Music Director: Charles Barber
Production Manager: Jayson McLean
Set and Production Designer: Andy Moro
Costume Designer: Carmen Thompson
Lighting Designer: John Webber
Dramaturg: Paula Danckert

City Opera General Manager:
Cathleen Gingrich


Native Girl: Melody Courage
Ava: Caitlin Wood
Dr. Wilson: Marion Newman
Native Mother: Rose-Ellen Nichols
Jess: Heather Molloy
Devon: Kaden Forsberg
Angus Wilds: Clarence Logan




Missing is made possible by an extraordinary creation grant of $127,000 from The Vancouver Foundation. We are profoundly grateful for their confidence, faith, and vision.

We are similarly grateful to the BC Arts Council for generous interim funding, to The Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation for a major investment in this new chamber opera, to Vancity Credit Union for another major award, to the City of Vancouver for special support toward the DTES Families-Only performance, to Accent Inns for ongoing provision of accommodation for out of town artists, to our friends at the Paul and Edwina Heller Memorial Fund for a major contribution to orchestra costs, to all of our personal, business, and institutional donors -- and to the Canada Council / New Chapter programme for a significant award in its co-production.

More background information about Missing