Recitals and Concerts


Founded in 2006, City Opera Vancouver has begun its 13th year commissioning and presenting full productions of chamber opera, and of operatic repertoire in concert. We have produced 139 recitals, readings, and special events. 41 of these have been given in the DTES, including workshops of newly commissioned operas at the Carnegie Centre and the Native Education College. 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.

[Correct at 15 June 2019]

Since 2010, when we last posted here…


19 February
DTES Recital, Homeground Festival, Oppenheimer Park
Caroline Jang, soprano; Michael Onwood, keyboard
(160 attended)
6 June
Italian Day on The Drive, 2pm
Mariana Valdés, soprano; Nicolas Rhind, tenor;
Greg Caisley, keyboard; Tom Durrie, producer/narrator
20 June
Opening Ceremonies, Italian Week at Italian Cultural Centre
Mariana Valdés, soprano; Andrzej Jeziorski, tenor;
Greg Caisley, keyboard; Tom Durrie, producer/narrator
3 November
Recital, Minoru Chapel, Richmond
Mariana Valdés, soprano; Nicolas Rhind, tenor; Greg Caisley, piano; Tom Durrie, narrator
9 December
Roedde House, music provided at Annual Christmas Party


1 May
COV music direction of Va, Pensiero with new SFU Woodwards / DTES Community Chorus, Audain Gallery
15 May
Fallujah Workshop No. 1, Part A, Canadian Music Centre
16 May
Fallujah Workshop No. 1, Part B, Russian Hall
5 June
COV performance at Italian Day, Commercial Drive
Richard Epp, pianist; soprano Rachel Fenlon; baritone Andrey Andreychik; Tom Durrie, producer and narrator
1 August
City Opera gives three public concerts on Granville Island, BC Day, with soprano Rachel Fenlon, baritone Andrey Andreychik, pianist Richard Epp, and narrator Tom Durrie. Circa 2000 people attended.
18 September
2pm – 10pm, Fallujah Workshop No. 2, DHUC
attended by Charlie Annenberg and Tom Pollak
2 October
COV Outreach Concert: CACV 65th Anniversary
Museum of Vancouver
Kathleen Morrison, soprano; Andrew Greenwood, baritone;
David Boothroyd, pianist; Valèry Ryvkin and Charles Barber, duo-pianists
2 November
Minoru Chapel outreach concerts, Richmond
2pm and 7pm
Gina McLelland-Morel, soprano; Willy Miles-Grenzberg, baritone; David Boothroyd, pianist; Tom Durrie, narrator and producer
13 November
Fallujah Workshop No. 3, 2pm to 10pm
Tom Lee Music Hall
14 November
ibid, 10am to 4pm
Tom Lee Music Hall
14 November
“Fallujah Preview” at Carnegie Centre
lecture-demo with Ken Lavigne, Christopher Mayell, Arianna Sovernigo, plus Tobin Stokes, Heather Raffo, David Boothroyd. (90 attended)
17 December
Three COV concerts at Granville Island / Public Market, Net Loft
Rachel Stewart, Erin Palm, Andrew Robb, Nickolas Meyer


18 March
Talk to Vancouver Opera Club, at SFU Harbourcentre
11 May
Fallujah given, piano-vocal, at Carnegie Centre
13 May
Fallujah given, orchestral version, Frederic Wood Theatre
Workshop No. 4 concludes (400)
16 May
City Opera presentation to Sam Sullivan Salon, Playhouse
Christopher Mayell, tenor; David Boothroyd, piano (600)
10 June
Italian Day on The Drive. Chloé Hurst, soprano. Willy Miles- Grenzberg, baritone. Michael Onwood, piano. Tom Durrie, narrator. (1000)
6 November
Viva Verdi! Minoru Chapel, 2pm and 7pm. (200)


1 March
HomeGround Festival, Oppenheimer Park
Willy Miles-Grenzberg, baritone; David Boothroyd, piano (140)
9 May
Annual General Meeting No. 6, at CMC
Sneak preview of Pauline: Tobin Stokes, Rose-Ellen Nichols, Will George, David Boothroyd (40)
31 May
Singalong Great Opera Choruses
with Christopher Gaze, at Carnegie Centre
(120 attended. Covered by Global TV)
9 June
Italian Day on The Drive
Andrew Greenwood, baritone; Diane Speirs, soprano; Richard Epp, keyboard; Tom Durrie, narrator (1000)
9 August
An evening of Chinese and Western classical song
William Liu, baritone; David Boothroyd, piano
Chinatown Night Market (250)
24, 25 August
Pauline at Lost Lagoon / Stanley Park 125
Rose-Ellen Nichols, mezzo; David Boothroyd, keyboard
Janet Rogers, guest on 25 August. Covered by CBC TV
21, 22 September
Pauline Workshop No. 1
Tom Lee Music Hall (30)
6 October
Kay Meek Concert No. 1. Michelle Koebke, soprano. Ken Lavigne, tenor. David Boothroyd, pianist (100)
10 October
Viva Verdi !
Italian Cultural Centre (200)
28, 29 October
Pauline Workshop No. 2
New Beginnings Baptist Church (20)
29 October Pauline Johnson: The Woman and Her Opera
Heart of the City Festival, Chinese Cultural Centre Museum
Rose-Ellen Nichols, Norman Armour, Tobin Stokes. (40)
6 November
Puccini !
2pm and 7pm, Minoru Chapel, Richmond
both shows sold out (200)
29 November
Pauline: first public presentation
Carnegie Centre, with 100+ people in attendance, as part of the Third Workshop. Q&A followed


6 February
Homeground Festival, Oppenheimer Park
Soprano Michelle Koebke, pianist David Boothroyd, and guest trumpeter Daeyong Ra. (125)
2 March
West Meets East, Chinese Cultural Centre Museum
William Liu, baritone. David Boothroyd, piano (120)
8 June
Italian Day on The Drive (fifth appearance)
Chloé Hurst, Sunny Shams, David Boothroyd, Tom Durrie (1000)
7 August
AGM No. 7, at CMC
Bahareh Poureslami, soprano, and pianist Sean Bayntun gave excerpts from Zaïde and L’oca del Cairo. 40 people.
1 October
2 concerts at Holt Renfrew, with soprano Chloé Hurst, tenor Martin Sadd, pianist Michael Onwood. La Bohème scena, Act 1. (600 people, total)
7 November
The Mozart Miracle
Heart of the City Festival, at Carnegie
Bahareh Poureslami, soprano; David Boothroyd, piano. (100)
20 November
Puccini a Piacere, at Il Centro: The Italian Cultural Centre. Sopranos Chloé Hurst and Sarah Vardy; tenor Sunny Shams; baritone Willy Miles-Grenzberg; pianist Richard Epp; narrator Tom Durrie.  (150)
13 December
Two Christmas Concerts, Shadbolt Centre, Burnaby.
Chloé Hurst, soprano. Bran Kwangmin Lee, tenor. Eva Hodge, piano. Tom Durrie, narrator. (130)
20 December
Three Christmas Concerts at Holt Renfrew
Leah Alfred, soprano. Leah Field, mezzo. Andrew Lennox, tenor. Alan Macdonald, bass (700)


24 January
Benefit Concert for Carnegie Centre Newsletter
St James Anglican Church
Bahareh Poureslami, soprano; Joanne Hauser, clarinet; Sean Bayntun, piano. Organized by Earle Peach (200)
5 February
Homeground Festival, Oppenheimer Park
Michelle Koebke; Sean Bayntun, keyboard (300)
1 April
City Opera at Minoru Chapel
2pm and 7pm, Richmond
Chloé Hurst, Ed Moran, Sean Bayntun, Tom Durrie (160)
12 April
Furlane Cultural Centre Concert
2605 E Pender, Vancouver
Diane Speirs, Willy Miles-Grenzberg (100)
14 June
Italian Day on the Drive (6th consecutive appearance)
Grant Street Stage, 6pm
Shadan Saul, Sunny Shams, Sean Bayntun, Tom Durrie (1000+)
16 October
Pauline at Québec en toutes letters
original cast, except for Chris Mayell as The Doctor
Le Grand Thèatre du Québec, Quebec City (600)
28 October
The Greatest Italian Music Ever Written
Il Centro: The Italian Cultural Centre
Shadan Saul, Barbara Towell, Sunny Shams, Andrew Greenwood, Sean Bayntun, and Tom Durrie (150)
14 November
Lost Operas of Mozart, Concert No. 1
Carnegie Centre, at 4pm. (85)
15 November
Lost Operas of Mozart, Concert No. 2
Carnegie Centre, at 7pm (90)


5 February
Homeground Festival
Oppenheimer Park, 4 – 5pm
Michelle Koebke, soprano; Roger Parton, piano (200)
19 March
Lost Operas of Mozart, Concert No. 3
Carnegie Centre, at 4pm (95)
3 April
Festa del Popul
Famee Furlane
Melissa Howell, mezzo; Willy Miles-Grenzberg (160)
4 May
Minoru Chapel concerts, Richmond, 2pm and 7pm
Chloé Hurst, soprano; Samuel Chan, baritone; Richard Epp, pianist; Tom Durrie, narrator (140)
2 June
Festa della Repubblica, Il Centro
Cathleen Gingrich, mezzo (1000)
12 June
Italian Day on the Drive (7th annual)
Shadan Saul, soprano. Sunny Shams, tenor. Roger Parton, piano. Tom Durrie, narrator (1000)
22 June                       
The Glory of Italian Opera, Il Centro
Shadan Saul, Barbara Towell, Sunny Shams, Andrew Greenwood. David Boothroyd, piano. Tom Durrie, narrator (200)
14 July                                   
Neopolitan Songs, Il Centro
Shadan Saul, Sunny Shams, Roger Parton, Tom Durrie (120)
4 August                        
Opera Comedy… Il Centro, on the piazza
Michelle Koebke, Michael MacKinnon, Roger Parton, Tom Durrie                         (140)
4 August                       
Text-only workshops, MISSING WOMEN
Native Education College (20)
5 August                       
Text-only workshop, MISSING WOMEN
DTES Carnegie Centre. Public presentation and talk-back (100)
15 September           
Music from Lost Operas at AGM No. 9. With Robyn Driedger-Klassen, Elaina Moreau, David Boothroyd (20)
27 September           
Popular Hits. Big Rock Brewery Fundraiser. Shadan Saul, David Boothroyd (100)
5 October                       
Love and Laughter Italian Style. Il Centro. Chloé Hurst, Barbara                           Towell, Spencer Britten, Michael MacKinnon. David Boothroyd,Tom Durrie (70)
22 October                       
The Lost Operas of Mozart, Sneak Preview
DTES Carnegie Centre. Public presentation. Part of DTES Heart of the City Festival (100)
27 October                       
The Lost Operas of Mozart, I
Christ Church Cathedral (200)
28 October                       
The Lost Operas of Mozart, II
Christ Church Cathedral (250)
29 October                       
The Lost Operas of Mozart, III
Christ Church Cathedral (300)
7 December                       
Christmas Goes to the Opera. Minoru Chapel
Elaina Moreau, soprano. Spencer Britten, tenor. Roger Parton, piano. Tom Durrie, narrator. 2pm (45) and 7pm (65) in terrible winter weather

128 events at 15 January 2019