Vancouver Opera Festival: Win Tickets to Dead Man Walking

Comments 39 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver Opera presents three new opera productions, and bold programming, for the inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival April 28 to May 13, 2017. It will be a wide ranging celebration of the vocal arts, designed to appeal to diverse audiences, all set conveniently in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver Opera Festival

Otello, Dead Man Walking, and The Marriage of Figaro feature superb singers, stunning designs.

Dead Man Walking
J’Nai Bridges, Daniel Okulitch
in Dead Man Walking. Photo: Emily Cooper

Full-scale productions of Giuseppe Verdi’s late-career masterpiece Otello, featuring powerful tenor Antonello Palombi in the title in his Canadian debut, and Jake Heggie’s modern classic Dead Man Walking, with charismatic bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch as Joseph De Rocher, will be presented at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Award-winning set designer Erhard Rom, who created VO’s internationally renowned 2010 production of Nixon in China, is the scenic designer for both productions.

Mozart’s magnificent The Marriage of Figaro, at the intimate Vancouver Playhouse, will feature a terrific cast of emerging stars, sets designed by Vancouver’s multi-Jessie-Award-winning Drew Facey (Stickboy, 2014) and contemporary costumes by Canadian fashion designer Sid Neigum, who is receiving international attention for his bold geometric creations.

Programming also includes a new commissioned video art installation by award-winning artist Paul Wong, performances by vocal stylist Ute Lemper and Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq and The Carmina Burana Sing-Along with the Vancouver Bach Choir.

Activities and experiences for audiences of all ages throughout the day at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Orpheum Theatre, Vogue Theatre, and on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

Tickets to Vancouver Opera Festival performances can be purchased at the VO ticket centre online or by calling 604-683-0222.

Dead Man Walking Special Promotion

Save up to $120 on tickets to Dead Man Walking if you are under 40. VO just launched a new promotion for the Vancouver Opera Festival. Tickets for Jake Heggie’s modern masterpiece Dead Man Walking are only $40 if you’re under 40—a savings of over $120 in some cases.

$40 under 40 tickets are available in limited quantities so act now and get the best seats possible. To claim this deal, simply enter discount 6593 online or call the ticket centre. This discount cannot be applied to tickets already purchased. Tickets will be available at will call and ID will be required.

Win Tickets to Dead Man Walking

I have a pair of tickets to give away to the performance of Dead Man Walking on May 2, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

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.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Update The winner is @Bonseyeview!

39 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. TracyWednesday, April 12th, 2017 — 7:36pm PDT

    Would love to check this out!

  2. DaleWednesday, April 12th, 2017 — 7:38pm PDT

    I’ve never been to the opera!

  3. HilaryWednesday, April 12th, 2017 — 7:48pm PDT

    Looking forward to the festival!

  4. Bonnie RogersThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 8:31am PDT

    Such a great story. I would love to see the opera!

  5. narceliThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 8:35am PDT

    Yes,please!I would to see the festival..Thank you!

  6. adamThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 8:47am PDT

    yes please

  7. ariel cThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 8:51am PDT

    would love to win!

  8. FengThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 9:17am PDT

    It’ll be great to win!

  9. AliThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 9:47am PDT

    I’d love to see this – a great date night!

  10. Christy Weaver-HorganThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 9:56am PDT

    Whodda thunk that opera would need a boost amongst the under 40 crowd?

  11. margaretThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 12:05pm PDT

    The movie with Sarandon and Penn was great, it would be fascinating to see how they turned this story into añ opera.

  12. Andy C.Thursday, April 13th, 2017 — 5:51pm PDT

    Looks like fun

  13. VivianThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 6:20pm PDT

    So ready to go to the opera! Hope i win!

  14. Lisa MunroThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 6:28pm PDT

    Would love to see this! Daniel is an incredible talent.

  15. MichelleThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 8:30pm PDT

    I would love to see this opera.

  16. HeidiThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 8:43pm PDT

    This would be awesome! Nothing like going to the opera.

  17. EileenThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 9:12pm PDT

    Love the opera!

  18. Emily HThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 9:19pm PDT

    I’ve never been to the opera but would love to go!

  19. TammyThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 9:51pm PDT


  20. StephanieThursday, April 13th, 2017 — 11:53pm PDT

    Sounds awesome!

  21. Meaghan MFriday, April 14th, 2017 — 12:52am PDT

    I have never been to the Oprea. This would be so fun!

  22. Stella PanagiotidisFriday, April 14th, 2017 — 8:06am PDT

    I love Vancouver Opera!

  23. Eileen H.Friday, April 14th, 2017 — 10:00am PDT

    It sounds dark, but intriguing. I saw Sweeney Todd at Vancouver Opera and it was terrific.

  24. AndreaFriday, April 14th, 2017 — 12:31pm PDT

    Would like to add some culture to my life.

  25. AllanaFriday, April 14th, 2017 — 1:37pm PDT

    This could be my first trip to the opera..

  26. daneFriday, April 14th, 2017 — 4:24pm PDT

    night out

  27. talia phillipsFriday, April 14th, 2017 — 7:37pm PDT

    My mom would love me to take her to this!

  28. KarenSaturday, April 15th, 2017 — 4:06pm PDT

    Oh, I’d love to attend.

  29. KarenSaturday, April 15th, 2017 — 4:07pm PDT

    Opera! I’d love to attend.

  30. JazzySunday, April 16th, 2017 — 11:20am PDT

    Would love to take my mom!

  31. KimSunday, April 16th, 2017 — 2:49pm PDT

    Never been to an opera but would love to see this!

  32. SeanMonday, April 17th, 2017 — 10:39am PDT


  33. CameronMonday, April 17th, 2017 — 7:05pm PDT

    I saw the movie, which was really good. Congratulations to Vancouver Opera for putting on this gritty production.

  34. JenTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 1:24pm PDT

    what an exciting production!

  35. Jason BTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 1:56pm PDT

    Would love to see Vancouver Opera for the first time.

  36. KimTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 9:40pm PDT

    I’ve never been to the opera. Would love to go!

  37. MaryanneTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 10:34pm PDT

    This looks amazing!

  38. NancyWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 12:49am PDT

    Would love to see the event!!

  39. MichWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 11:56am PDT

    5 mins to deadline! AAAH! I want to see the opera

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