Two dazzling new opera productions are at the core of the second annual Vancouver Opera Festival, which is happening around the city April 28 to May 6, 2018.
Vancouver Opera Festival
April 29, 2018 at 2:00pm, May 3 & 5, 2018 at 7:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece of Russian lyric opera, Eugene Onegin, will be presented at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and features Russian baritone Konstantin Shushakov as Onegin. Soprano Svetlana Aksenova sings Tatiana, and tenor Alexey Dolgov makes his VO debut in the role of Lensky. This new production has been created in collaboration with Calgary Opera and is directed by Tom Diamond. The Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus will be conducted by Jonathan Darlington. This production is sponsored by Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Sung in Russian with English SURTITLES.
The Overcoat – a musical tailoring
April 28 & 29, 2018, May 4, 9-12, 2018 at 7:30pm
May 2, 5 & 6, 2018 at 2:00pm
James Rolfe’s The Overcoat – a musical tailoring, a collaboration with Toronto’s Canadian Stage Company and Tapestry Opera and inspired by the 1998 smash-hit play of the same name, fills the stage of the intimate Vancouver Playhouse. Morris Panych returns to direct this new operatic reinterpretation of his original play set to music by James Rolfe. Leslie Dala conducts. This production is sponsored by The McGrane-Pearson Endowment Fund. Sung in English with English SURTITLES.
More Festival Fun
A number of special events take place throughout the nine days. The Festival will kick off on April 28 with a full day of all things Russian, including street performers, projections, food trucks and a big screen presentation on the Queen Elizabeth Plaza.
An original series of short chamber music concerts featuring Russian composers, and Russian inspired artists, performed by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and invited guests, will take place at CBC Studio 700.
Rounding out this nine-day Russian-themed festival are numerous additional panel discussions, talks, keynote speakers, community events, the return of the ever-popular Opera Bar, a full day dedicated to families on May 5 including Prokofiev’s much-loved Peter and the Wolf, and much more.
Tickets and Passes
Patrons who purchase a ticket to both Eugene Onegin and The Overcoat – a musical tailoring will automatically qualify for Festival Pass prices and benefits, including 10% off select ticketed Festival events, reserved VIP seating at select events, a commemorative Vancouver Opera Festival Poster, a limited edition All Access VIP Pass and Lanyard, All Access Backstage Tours of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
I have a pair of tickets to The Overcoat – a musical tailoring (April 29 at 7:30pm at the Vancouver Playhouse). 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 Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
Update The winner is Richard!