City Opera News / 30 September 2014

Welcome to our Fall Season


After the extraordinary success of PAULINE — all five performances sold out — we are now in pre-production for our next mainstage, THE LOST OPERAS OF MOZART.

Meantime we offer concerts, recitals, and special events. They widen our audience, build our brand, and welcome more people to the world of opera. We would love to have you join us…


IIF-logoCity Opera at Holt Renfrew

We’ve been asked by the Italian Trade Commission and Holt Renfrew to appear at Opening Night of their 19-day Italian Immersion Festival. It’s a benefit for Re-Think Breast Cancer.

Wednesday October 1, at 8pm
Holt Renfrew, Main Floor, 737 Dunsmuir at Granville
Please join soprano Chloé Hurst, tenor Martin Sadd, pianist Michael Onwood, and narrator Tom Durrie for this all-Puccini preview.

adam-videotaped-by-sharonPauline on the YouTubes

Thanks to Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes, we are now able to show you the gorgeous tenor aria from Act Two of Pauline. In this new video Adam Fisher sings All Yesterday, accompanied by pianist David Boothroyd. This aria was produced and edited by Sharon Kravitz. Click here to watch it!


baha-newsletterMozart in The Heart Of The City Festival

City Opera has produced 24 concerts, recitals and workshops in the DTES. On Friday 7 November at 7pm, at the Carnegie Centre, we present another.

The Mozart Miracle offers soprano Bahareh Poureslami and pianist David Boothroyd, abetted by DVDs and CDs, in a joyful exploration of the life and music of Mozart. Free to all.

Puccini in 1900Puccini a Piacere

Thursday 20 November 2014, at 7pm
$20 at the door
Il Centro: The Italian Cultural Centre
3075 Slocan Street, at Grandview, near Renfrew SkyTrain
Ample and free onsite parking

Please join sopranos Chloé Hurst and Sarah Vardy, tenor Sunny Shams, and baritone Willy Miles-Grenzberg in an evening of Puccini’s most compelling music for the human voice. Tom Durrie narrates.

Other notable news…

Canada Helps

…has been helping us for years — as have those who donate through its secure online service. We now have a revamped site at Canada Helps. Care to visit? It just opened.


Stickboy / World Premiere


This new commission from Vancouver Opera opens on 23 October at the Playhouse.

With music by Neil Weisensel, and libretto by Shane Koyczan, STICKBOY “confronts the uncomfortable reality of a society struggling with its own fear and insecurity, a society that seeks conformity and uniformity at the expense of those who are different.”

City Opera is happy to note that the cast includes several artists who have sung for us: tenor Sunny Shams, in the lead role as The Boy; baritone Willy Miles-Grenzberg, in several roles; and soprano Melanie Kreuger, tenor Kwangmin Brian Lee, and baritone Peter Alexander, together in the Ensemble.

Info and tickets: Ticket Centre, 604-683-0222 or