City Opera Vancouver update: 27 March 2014

Exciting News About Pauline

Our Early Bird ticket sale has been a great success. We have sold hundreds of tickets, and expect to sell out the entire run.

Early Bird prices end this Tuesday, 2 April. If you’d like the best seats in the house, at the best price we can offer, this is the final week to get them.

Seats $60, $40 and $22

Opening night gala: $100 SOLD OUT

Regular opening night tickets still available.

Buy tickets online

By phone: 604.251.1363

In person: The Cultch, 1895 Venables & Victoria Drive

Monday – Friday, noon to 6pm. Saturday, noon to 4pm

PAULINE runs 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31 May 2014 at The York.

Adam Fisher

adam-fisherWe are very pleased to announce that Adam Fisher has joined the cast of PAULINE, and will be singing the role of The Tenor.

Originally from White Rock, and a graduate of UBC Opera, Adam joined the Emerging Artists Program with Calgary Opera in 2010, singing the roles of Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Wilhelm in The Brothers Grimm (Burry), and several roles in the world premiere of Bramwell Tovey’s The Inventor. In 2012, Adam was invited to the Music Academy of the West by Marilyn Horne, leading the cast as Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress. In Toronto, Adam sang Nicias in Voicebox/Opera in Concert’s performance of Massenet’s Thais, and Raoul in La Vie Parisienne with Toronto Operetta Theatre. Debuts in the 2013/14 season include Pedrillo in Opera Atelier’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Lieutenant Cable in South Pacific with Pacific Opera Victoria, and Alfred in Edmonton Opera’s Die Fledermaus. This is Adam’s first appearance with City Opera Vancouver.

Adam will take on the roles created by tenor Ken Lavigne in workshops for the creation of Pauline. We thank Ken – greatly – for his involvement in this project.

A Note From Stage Director Norman Armour

I am honoured. This remarkable group of artists–with their rigour, commitment and diversity–will do justice to a figure of immense cultural and historical importance. A work for the stage that tackles the mixed race, life and persona of Pauline Johnson is long overdue. Our goal is to honour her as a true pioneer, forging new territory in poetry, performance and cross-cultural politics. Her extraordinary popularity, her verve, determination and artistry were from all accounts at once captivating, intellectually provocative and emotionally moving.

With a contemporary work that takes as its starting point the very end of her life here in Vancouver, Pauline is a ghost story of sorts–a testament to a heroic struggle with the path of her life, the sum of her choices and ambitions–in all its glory and remorse, its defiance and surrender, its love and imagination.

And From Costume Designer Mara Gottler…

costume-sketchThis is an image of Ellie Higginson as an IODE lady. Her costume is being constructed in Evergreen silk. Many of the pieces in our opera are actual vintage items: Pauline’s nightrobe, the women’s hats, the men’s frockcoats etc.

Puccini In November


Please save the date: Thursday evening, 20 November 2014.

An evening Con amici e Puccini, at the Italian Cultural Centre. The great lyric composer died 90 years ago in November, and we will remember him. Please join us.

Our Friends Recommend…

“Pauline will be the runaway hit of the spring.” — Max Wyman

The Canadian Press has declared that PAULINE is one of “Five buzz-worthy theatre productions for Canadians to see in 2014.”

“City Opera’s brilliance is in identifying stories that speak about issues both local and global, and sourcing the creative and performing artists who can move our hearts with their passionate and powerful story-telling. Pauline meets the mandate in all categories; the stellar creative and production teams are creating an important work that sings a consummately Canadian story. I can’t wait to see the show!” – Rena Sharon

Pauline is a project of great national significance, worth every support and encouragement. Likely, the Canadian opera premiere of the year.” — Bramwell Tovey