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Vancouver Opera Festival 2018: Win Tickets

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 — 2:37pm PDT
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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.

Geoffrey Sirett as Akakiy, Courtesy of Tapestry Opera, photo by Dahlia Katz
Geoffrey Sirett as Akakiy, courtesy of Tapestry Opera, photo by Dahlia Katz

Vancouver Opera Festival

Eugene Onegin
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
Vancouver Playhouse

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

Russian White Nights Festival Opening April 28, 2018
Russian Chamber Music Series
Films at Vancouver Opera Festival
Family Day at the Vancouver Playhouse May 5, 2018
Music at Vancouver Opera Festival

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.

Participants can sign up online or by phone, or unlock special Festival Pass prices to selected events. Find out more online or by calling the VO Ticket Centre at (604) 683-0222.

Win Tickets

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!

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  1. Richard says:

    I’d love to take my sister to one of these.

  2. Jazzy says:

    I would love to see this!

  3. Sherry F says:

    I haven’t been to the opera in ages. I hope you pick me.

  4. Shelley Butcher says:

    I’ve never been to the opera. I would love to win!

  5. Luc says:

    Opera la la la!

  6. Lindly says:

    A special Canadian collaborative production – will be worth it to see!

  7. Fashion and opera, of course. Our clothes, our stories.

  8. Mandy says:

    What a wonderful opportunity to don our own #Overcoats & head to the #opera
    To see #theovercoat #canadian #vancouverplayhouse

  9. Kirsten says:

    I would love to take my husband to see The Overcoat! Thanks for the awesome contest!

  10. Mousemouse604 says:

    Love the opera! Thanks for running this contest 😊

  11. Jason B says:

    Opera would be interesting

  12. Lorena says:

    I’m learning to appreciate “Opera!” So this would be ….a fun evening!

  13. Kelly says:

    Not your typical opera! Would love to go.

  14. Janet says:

    I remember the excitement & buzz around the original Playhouse production of The Overcoat in 1998!
    I couldn’t take it all in; every ensemble member an individual, so clearly telling their story within the group numbers. Getting ready for work, for example. So proud I was of friends who got to perform in it, taking it to countries where English wasn’t spoken – not needed; as every thought so clearly communicated to the eager audience. I’ll be sure to catch this one, though winning tickets would be lovely! Cheers, Janet

  15. Megan says:

    I’ve never been to the opera…would love to cross it off the bucket list!

  16. L. Marie says:

    A wonderful giveaway, I have not been to the Opera in years! Thank you.

  17. Sunshine H says:

    Would love to attend this with my daughter who is entranced by opera.

  18. Ariel C says:

    would love to go!

  19. adam steele says:

    thanks for the contest

  20. Scott says:

    Thanks for the contest!

  21. Shannon says:

    What a great event!

  22. Marisa. P says:


  23. Marlene says:

    Looks fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Karen says:

    This would be a wonderful evening out.

  25. bonnie lam says:

    Sweet. Good luck to you all. Huggies.

  26. Jill says:

    The Overcoat! Yes please. Thx

  27. Eileen H says:

    I saw the Morris Panych’s first play “7 Stories” at UBC many years ago and thought it was brilliant. I would very much like to see it The Overcoat.

  28. dane says:


  29. Graziella Gambron says:

    Never been to the opera works love to go with my daughter.

  30. Valerie Cormier says:

    Love me some opera and want to take my teenage niece!

  31. Kim C says:

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

  32. Eileen says:

    I’d love to go!

  33. Tracy says:

    Would love to see this show!

  34. Shawne says:

    Pick me!

  35. Angela says:

    I’d love to win as I’ve never been to the opera!

  36. Cheuk Lau says:

    love opera

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