Concerts

Verdi’s Otello

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Otello is a powerful masterpiece that marries Shakespeare’s poetry with Verdi’s lyricism and sumptuous orchetrations. Based on Shakespeare’s tale of love, jealousy and betrayal, Otello is considered Italian opera’s greatest tragedy.

The 65-piece orchestra joins forces with the formidable VO Chorus and sensational stars in a visually stunning production designed by the internationally acclaimed Erhard Rom.

When: April 28 – May 6 2017
Where: Vancouver, Canada
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

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Dead Man Walking

Based on the bestselling memoir by Sister Helen Prejean, this popular opera chronicles the story of a convicted Louisiana murderer who is befriended by a Catholic nun seeking to understand the nature of divine forgiveness. Prejean’s memoir was the basis for the award-winning 1995 film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. With a brilliant libretto by Terrance McNally and a dramatic and incredibly lyric musical setting by Jake Heggie—widely considered one of the great living opera composers—the work’s moral complexity, emotional depth make Dead Man Walking a standout of contemporary opera.

When: April 29th, May 2nd & 5th at 7:30pm, May 7th at 2:00pm
Where: Vancouver, Canada
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

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Vancouver Opera Festival

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Uniting the two primary venues of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the Vancouver Playhouse, the festival will also take over the entire QE Theatre Plaza, covering it with a massive tent, creating an immersive festival world.

This world will combine music, art, glamour and excitement.

Expect to be thrilled, surprised and entertained with spectacular concerts, massive projections, visual art, and adventurous food and drink.

Art and entertainment at every turn!

Ariadne auf Naxos

Originally intended as a divertissement to be performed in 1912 after a production of Molière’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Strauss ended up composing a 90-minute work.

Since this required both a company of actors and singers and ran over 6 hours, in 1916 von Hofmannsthal suggested composing a sung prologue instead of mounting the play and this is the version which is regularly performed today. It is a work which examines the role of Art in society, with a Prologue showing the backstage antics and preparations for the “opera within an opera” which comprises the second part.

A rich patron has commissioned a new opera from a brilliant young composer based on the Greek myth of Ariadne and has invited his friends to dinner for the premiere. No one has told the composer that his work will be followed by a comedy sketch performed by an Italian commedia dell’arte troupe and the evening will end with an impressive fireworks display. When dinner runs late and the patron decrees that both the opera and the comedy sketch must be performed simultaneously we see the backstage mayhem that this involves.

The performance begins – Ariadne and the nymphs are abandoned on Naxos. In the midst of their despair who is there to cheer them up but Zerbinetta and her clown friends, Harlekin, Brighella, Scaramuccio and Truffaldino.

When the God Bacchus arrives, love transforms everyone…

When: 22 & 24 June 7.30pm; 25 June 2017 2pm
Where: Vancouver, Canada
Venue: Old Auditorium

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Jenůfa

When spring comes MELTING ice and a TERRIFIC secret revealed …

A young woman with a secret so that she risks losing everything. The man she loves, his position in society and a secure future. In her belly rests unplanned secret. Alone and frightened, she seeks solace with her stepmother who see only one way forward. The child must die – no matter what Jenůfa than familiar – her future and happiness depends on it …

For over 100 years, Jenůfas fate captivated audience. With music that pulled them into the claustrophobic world of the small community can be and a poignant drama about an unmarried woman who left to their fate due to a pregnancy. Inspired by traditional folk songs, with colorful orchestration and rhythmic bite, sweeps Janacek music through the narrative and creates tension, drama and emotion. This set, directed by Annilese Miskimmon, premiered at the Scottish Opera in April 2015 and has been hailed in the British media. The production is a collaboration with Scottish Opera and the Danish National Opera in Denmark.

When: September 29, October 5 & 11 2017
Where: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue: Royal Opera

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Dances and Ecstacy

Jonathan Darlington reveals the most inspired and passionate pages of ballet music, perhaps also the most scandalous of audacity and voluptuousness, until the apotheosis of the bolero .

A hedonistic program for a feast of senses: the lascivious sensuality of the Debussy fauna – a sonic magic that revolutionized music – answers the masterpiece of Florent Schmitt, who summons the characters of Salome, Herod, Herodias and Saint John the Baptist . This jewel of refined and spectacular orchestration in the form of dance suites impressed his dedicatee Stravinsky: “The greatest joy that a work of art has caused me for a long time,” he wrote to the composer. Finally, The devastating passion of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet prepares the ultimate liberation of Bolero , eternal and constantly rediscovered.

Pre-concert meeting with Jonathan Darlington and Édouard Fouré Caul-Futy, in conference room, Wednesday, October 18 at 7 pm.

When: 18, 19 October 2017
Where: Paris, France
Venue: Grande Salle Pierre Boulez

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