City Opera Vancouver Announces Public Workshops for “Chinatown”

21 November 2019



City Opera Vancouver announces public workshops for new opera Chinatown


Libretto written by Madeleine Thien

Supported by The Vancouver Foundation and The City of Vancouver

City Opera Vancouver today released the schedule for the first public workshops of its next commission, Chinatown. This new opera, by the renowned writer Madeleine Thien, is set for world premiere in September 2021 at The Vancouver Playhouse.

The public is cordially invited to join us as we beta-test – in text only – the libretto. Its music will not be available for another year. The words always come first.

Saturday 30 November
Carnegie Community Centre, Hastings x Main
7 – 9:30pm
1st public reading & workshop

Sunday 1 December
Floata Private Dining Room, 180 Keefer Street
6:30 – 9pm
2nd public reading & workshop

Monday 2 December
Chinese Nationalist League Auditorium, 537 Main Street
2 – 4:30pm
3rd public reading & workshop, with Cantonese & Mandarin translations

Light refreshments will be served at every workshop. Madeleine Thien will be in attendance throughout.

Chinatown is City Opera’s fifth commission in nine years.