Vancouver Opera, in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library, is kicking off October with Opera Adventures, a new program that invites the public to get to know opera with a taste of opera’s rich history, its stories, and colourful possibilities. Launching October 5th, each free adventure will feature short performances, and fascinating guests to give audiences a taste of the world of opera through the lens of Vancouver Opera’s upcoming mainstage productions.
The first opera adventure, in celebration of Vancouver Opera’s The Pearl Fishers, (running October 22-30 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre) takes place October 5, 2022 at 6:30pm on Level 8 of the Vancouver Public Library, Central Library.
The event will feature exciting performances from Juno Award-winning vocal ensemble musica intima, The Yolanda. M Faris Young Artists Program of Vancouver Opera, The Kettle Choir, a local community choir made up of members from the DTES and beyond, and singer/ pundit/and vocal researcher Sarah Kirsch.
“Opera should be for everyone,” says Vancouver Opera General Director Tom Wright. “This exciting new partnership with the Vancouver Public Library will give Vancouverites a chance to discover the incredible beauty of the human voice and the amazing power of Opera. We can’t wait to share with audiences the many steps it takes to build an opera, the skill and craftsmanship behind the sets, costumes, and props, and of course the incredible power of the singing.”
“This partnership is an opportunity to activate our wonderful public spaces with an artform that is often associated with exclusive performance halls, and thus bringing the opera closer to more people in Vancouver,” adds Jorge Amigo, Head of Cultural Programming at VPL.
Opera Adventures: Discovering Bizet & The Pearl Fishers takes place Wednesday October 5, 2022 6:30-8pm at Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, (350 W. Georgia Street). Find more information and register for the free event online at Vancouver Public Library
Once Opera Adventure has whet your appetite take in the main course and join Vancouver Opera as its 2022-23 season begins with The Pearl Fishers, October 22-30, 2022 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 700 Hamilton Street showtimes and tickets are available at vancouveropera.ca