Production History

Founded in 2006, City Opera Vancouver has begun its 14th year commissioning and presenting full productions of chamber opera, and of operatic repertoire in concert. We have produced 143 recitals, readings, and special events. 42 of these have been given in the DTES, including workshops of newly commissioned operas at the Carnegie Centre, Native Education College, Chinese Cultural Centre, Floata, and the CNL Auditorium. We average one such event a month, year-round.

We also give opera in concert and recital. These took place at Granville Island, Museum of Vancouver, Minoru Chapel, DTES Carnegie Centre, Oppenheimer Park, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, Italian Day on The Drive, Holt Renfrew, Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, Roedde House, Sun-Yat Sen Chinese Classical Gardens, Evelyne Saller Centre, Jacob’s Well, DTES Homeground Festival, Pigeon Park, Kay Meek Theatre, Eagle Harbour Yacht Club, Strathcona Community Centre, Shadbolt Centre, St James Anglican Church, Chinatown Night Market, Hodson Manor, Famee Furlane Cultural Centre, Lost Lagoon, Phoenix Recovery Society of Surrey, Westminster Recovery House in New Westminster, Last Door Recovery Society in New Westminster, BC Culture Days, the DTES Fearless Festival, The Annex, Canadian Music Centre, InterUrban Gallery, John Fluevog Shoes, City of Vancouver Council Chambers, West End Car Free Day, CBC Studio 700, and the Britannia Seniors Centre.


We have also given eight mainstage productions, including five commissions in nine years.

2019             Missing (Marie Clements and Brian Current)
Tour to Victoria, Prince George, and Regina

2018            Nigredo Hotel (Ann-Marie Macdonald and Nick Gotham)        Vancouver Premiere

2017             Missing (Marie Clements and Brian Current)
World Premiere

2017             Missing (Marie Clements and Brian Current)
Production at Pacific Opera Victoria

2017            Fallujah (Heather Raffo and Tobin Stokes)
Productions at New York City Opera, Long Beach Opera, and winner of an LA Emmy

2016            The Lost Operas of Mozart (W.A. Mozart and Maria Reva)
World Premiere           

2015            Pauline (Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes)
Tour to Qu├ębec City

2014           Pauline (Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes)
World Premiere

2012            Fallujah (Heather Raffo and Tobin Stokes)
World Premiere

2010            Sumidagawa & Curlew River (Motomasa, Britten)
Canadian Event Premiere

2008            Emperor of Atlantis (Viktor Ullmann and Petr Kien)
British Columbia Premiere

2007            Singalong Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)
Canadian Event Premiere

[Correct at 1 January 2020]



Berlin 1934: The Last Cabaret (23 - 26 January 2020), presented in the PuSh International Festival

Dido and Aeneas & Dido (co-pro with Early Music Vancouver, November 2020)

Chinatown (September 2021)

Brother XII (2025)