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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Edges of Canada

July 22 – National Arts Centre – Ottowa, ON

July 23 – Maison Symphonique – Montreal, QC

July 25 – Koerner Hall – Toronto, ON

July 30 – Confederation Centre of the Arts – Charlottetown, PEI

July 31 – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium – Halifax, NS

August 3 – Centennial Concert Hall – Winnipeg, MB

August 6 – TCU Place – Saskatoon, SK

August 8 – Winspear Centre – Edmonton, AB

August 10 – Yukon Arts Centre – Whitehorse, YK

August 13 – Port Theatre – Nanaimo, BC

August 15 – Chan Centre – Vancouver, BC

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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 11, 23 & 30 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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Madama Butterfly

Jonathan Darlington, Maria José Siri, Zoryana Kushpler, Murat Karahan, Gabriel Bermudez

When: 21, 24 November 2017
Where: Vienna, Austria
Venue: Wiener Staatsoper

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L’Elisir d’Amore

L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) is without a doubt one of the most performed of all Donizetti’s operas – but has not been seen at Vancouver Opera since 1999. It is a dreamy marriage of a stirring love story and hilarious comedy with music that moves the soul, including the much-loved aria ’Una furtiva lagrima’. L’elisir d’amore premiered in 1832 in Milan. To call it a success would be an understatement; it secured Donizetti’s place as one of the leading Italian opera composers of his day. Vancouver Opera is thrilled to present this opera in two acts with a libretto by Felice Romani.

The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, including 1 intermission.

When: January 19, 25, & 27 2018 at 7:30pm

January 21 at 2:00pm

Where: Vancouver, Canada

Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

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Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is Russian Lyric Opera at its finest – based on the plot of Pushkin’s verse novel, Eugene Onegin features an emotional tale packed with breathtaking music, choreography, and a duel that will render the audience speechless. Tchaikovsky, as always, brings many symphonic elements to Eugene Onegin including lavish orchestrations and stunning arias in what he described as “seven lyrical scenes”.

The performance will last approximately 3 hours, including 1 intermission.

When: April 27 | May 3 & 5 at 7:30pm
April 29 at 2:00pm
Where: Vancouver, Canada
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

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Die Zauberflöte / The Magic Flute

Tamino has been instructed by the Queen of the Night to free her daughter Pamina who has been kidnapped by Sarastro, said to be an evil wizard. Having fallen in love with a picture of the maiden, Tamino sets off to complete his task. It turns out the Sarastro is rather more wise than evil, and he even foretells that Pamino and Tamino are destined to be together. However, before the hero can be accepted into the Temple of Wisdom and the couple can learn the meaning of true bliss, a number of trials must be overcome. These are faced by Tamino and his companion Papageno. The latter is to be granted his bride Papagena, although the highest honour – accession to the fellowship of the Temple – is reserved for Pamina and Tamino. A fairy tale about love’s victory over the barriers which serve to keep us apart.

When: February 9th, 17th & 22th 2018
Where: Dresden, Germany
Venue: Staatskapelle Dresden

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The Barber of Seville

Count Almaviva loves Rosina and tries to get close to her disguised as a student. However, he has to find a way to evade Bartolo, Rosina’s miserly guardian, who himself intends to marry his ward. Here the chatty barber Figaro manages to cause sufficient chaos through his knowledge of all the city’s intrigues to enable the clandestine marriage of Almaviva and Rosina. Yet Bartolo doesn’t give up so easily … Rossini’s immortal »Il barbiere di Siviglia«, based on the first part of the comedic trilogy by Beaumarchais, tells the story leading up to the events in Mozart’s »Le nozze di Figaro«. Ostensibly a farce, Beaumarchais managed to insert his own criticism of the doomed Ancien Régime: Figaro, whose name is derived from »fils Caron« and thus represents Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais himself, becomes, in his impertinence and ready wit, the dramatist’s alter ego. In Rossini’s version the barber is gifted a sparkling musicality, which exerts a magical fascination on listeners. He introduces himself with an aria of astonishing range and astronomical speed, ushers us into the masquerade and doesn’t let the audience escape the chicaneries until the very end: »Bravo, Figaro!«

When: March 18th, 22nd & 24th, 2nd April 2018
Where: Dresden, Germany
Venue: Staatskapelle Dresden

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