City Opera’s Nigredo Hotel: Win a Date Night

Comments 76 by Rebecca Bollwitt

City Opera Vancouver presents the astonishing and macabre operatic thriller, Nigredo Hotel, September 20 to 22, 2018 at The Cultch Historic Theatre.

This one-act chamber opera directed by Alan Corbishley, with music by Nic Gotham and libretto by distinguished Canadian author and playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald, tells the tale of an encounter between a beautiful but crazed hotelier and a brain surgeon who seeks refuge after a traumatic car accident. Internationally renowned opera stars Tyler Duncan and Sarah Vardy will perform a brilliant Jungian-inspired combat between two of the most unusual characters in 20th century opera, backed by a four-player jazz combo.

City Opera's Nigredo Hotel
Tyler Duncan & Sarah Vardy. Photo: Michelle Koebke, Diamond’s Edge Photography.

City Opera’s Nigredo Hotel

When: September 20 to 22, 2018
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St, Vancouver)
Tickets: Available online now from $22.25

“Part psychological thriller and mystery, both sarcastic and sweet, witty and strange, Nigredo Hotel is nothing like City Opera Vancouver has ever presented before.”

The story follows Raymond who escapes to a decrepit hotel after his car crash. He fears he may have harmed a child. Stressed and confused, Raymond is further disoriented by Sophie’s strange and combative nature and the fact that she seems to know a great deal about him.

Raymond’s descent into crisis is depicted through MacDonald’s brilliant libretto full of riddles and half-remembered stories. She draws on Carl Jung’s “nigredo,” a theory that souls are led to suffer through a dark night to reach enlightenment, and revelations of the dream state.

Gotham’s haunting score bridges the continent between jazz and classical music, combining traditional operatic components of overture, recitatives, and arias with improvisational jazz rhythms and harmonies.

The unsettling nature of Raymond’s madness is punctuated with an extensive use of bass instruments and percussion, which evoke the brooding quality of film noir. Although categorized as an opera, Nigredo Hotel is often described as a dramatic jazz piece that will appeal to lovers of both genres alike. This balance crescendos to lyrical heights in Raymond and Sophie’s beautiful duet For Love is strong as Death.

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Win a Date Night

I have an awesome prize pack to give away so you can enjoy City Opera’s Nigredo Hotel in style. The lucky winner will receive two tickets to the performance on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 8:00pm at The Cultch, a $75 gift certificate for dinner for two at Sopra Sotto Restaurant (1510 Commercial Drive), and a $50 gift certificate for a bouquet of flowers from The Flowerbox (1319 Commercial Drive).

City Opera Prize Pack

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 8:00am on Monday, September 10, 2018.

Update The winner is Tabby72!

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76 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Kim CTuesday, September 4th, 2018 — 6:50pm PST

    This prize is amazing. I’ve been bugging my husband to buy me flowers and he would have no excuse!

  2. Shirley STuesday, September 4th, 2018 — 8:06pm PST

    Nigredo Hotel sounds intriguing. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Nano HawaTuesday, September 4th, 2018 — 8:23pm PST

    This looks like fun! Should be a great show.

  4. IainTuesday, September 4th, 2018 — 10:05pm PST

    Sure, why not. Flowers are always a good choice.

  5. KamTuesday, September 4th, 2018 — 10:23pm PST

    This would be a wonderful date night!

  6. HadleyWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 12:42am PST

    I recently moved out of the Commercial Drive hood…….would be a lovely reason to go back.

  7. Tabby72Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 6:18am PST

    I love opera and would love a date night!

  8. kimWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 9:36am PST

    wonderful prize! Would love to go

  9. AmyWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 9:40am PST

    My boyfriend’s birthday is coming up, he loves opera!! That would be a good treat for him!

  10. janWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 9:51am PST

    a wonderful night out

  11. TaniaWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 9:58am PST

    This would be a wonderful date night!

  12. RinoWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 9:58am PST

    Wonderful prize! Would love to go!

  13. AimeeWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 10:03am PST

    We haven’t been to live theatre in 20 years!

  14. tracy kWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 10:07am PST

    this would be the perfect date night!

  15. KarolinaWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 10:39am PST

    And I already ‘like’ you on Facebook longtime.

  16. GloriaWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 10:51am PST

    What a fun date night prize pack!

  17. CindyWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 10:52am PST

    Sounds awesome!!

  18. neenaWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 11:06am PST

    psycho thriller in opera ih what fun

  19. AnaWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 11:11am PST

    This would be a wonderful prize to win! I’m in need of a date night lol

  20. VickieWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 11:38am PST

    would LOVE to go to this… need the r&r with the other half

  21. RonWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 12:41pm PST

    Love date nights!

  22. KateWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 1:19pm PST

    Never been to an opera before and this sounds like the perfect evening! 🤗

  23. Esther AllardWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 3:38pm PST

    I would love to win and go to the opera!

  24. RenateWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 6:44pm PST

    What a lovely prize this would be!

  25. Kathy PWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 6:59pm PST

    Follow both. Great prize!

  26. peter mokWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 7:17pm PST


  27. KerryWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 7:33pm PST

    This would be fabulous

  28. Sherry FraserWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 7:46pm PST

    The opera sounds fascinating and the prize pack is terrific! Hope you pick me!

  29. EileenWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 8:27pm PST

    Following both FB accounts

  30. EileenWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 8:28pm PST

    Sounds amazing!

  31. StaceyWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 8:34pm PST

    Would love to win this amazing date night pkg!

  32. Shelley ButcherWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 8:41pm PST

    You had me at opera!!!!!

  33. Teresa KWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 10:50pm PST

    Yay! Would love to win!

  34. TracyWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 10:55pm PST

    Would love to win !

  35. Bruce M.Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 11:20pm PST

    this looks like a peach! i miss the opera! would be fun to take my sweetheart to this..

  36. TonyThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 12:01am PST

    Would love to win!

  37. Diane ToThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 7:44am PST

    This would be a great date night!

  38. Michelle WThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 8:45am PST

    This sounds like a wonderful date night! I would love to treat my boyfriend to this as an early birthday present for him.

  39. Lester CThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 9:29am PST

    Great date night idea

  40. StevenThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 12:19pm PST

    Date night with my wife!!!!

  41. IsabelThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 12:23pm PST

    Would be fun to attend to! Twitted also @drama_otaku

  42. AlexMThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 1:44pm PST

    We could use a nice night out!

  43. Elaine DaviesThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 5:59pm PST

    Oh yes please, would love 💕 to win this prize.

  44. spinkThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 6:10pm PST

    A wonderful back to school prize for a teacher — it will make back to school so much more fun! Can’t wait to win!

  45. TammyThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 8:11pm PST

    What a lovely event…wow!!

  46. FrankieThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 9:15pm PST

    A special opportunity to enjoy artistic talent, good food and my date; my husband to celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary. So excited

  47. Alberto GThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 10:30pm PST

    Looks like a really interesting show and a fantastic date night to have!

  48. laurenThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 10:37pm PST

    This sounds like a lovely date night!

  49. AdreaThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 11:20pm PST

    Love it includes flowers!!

  50. IanFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 6:49am PST

    This is an unusual opera! Worth trying for newbies like me.

  51. Teagan SalterFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 9:16am PST

    What a great date night! So much amazing stuff always going on in this city!

  52. Ana MFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 9:18am PST

    Looks like a blast!

  53. NikkiFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 9:24am PST

    WooT WooT!
    Opera might kill my husband, but so be it!

  54. HollyFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 9:51am PST

    We need a date night! This looks like fun.

  55. Bonnie RFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 11:43am PST

    What a great date night! Thank you 🙂 !

  56. jane jamesFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 11:45am PST

    Entered and liked on facebook.

  57. MaryanneFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 11:55am PST

    Awesome night out!

  58. MaryanneFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 11:56am PST

    Following both on fb

  59. JanetFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 12:55pm PST

    Great prize pack!

  60. KendraFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 1:55pm PST

    The play looks great!

  61. KatieFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 3:39pm PST

    I would love to see this performance!

  62. HYFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 3:41pm PST

    My wife would love this!

  63. TheresaFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 5:45pm PST

    This would be amazing! I’ve never been to the opera! I’d love to go!

  64. VinceSaturday, September 8th, 2018 — 2:03pm PST

    What a greatnight out!

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    Oh boy, would just flip out if I win this.

  66. StotesSunday, September 9th, 2018 — 8:11am PST

    This would be great!

  67. Angela MacSunday, September 9th, 2018 — 5:21pm PST

    I’d love to win this fantastic night out!

  68. Sunshine HSunday, September 9th, 2018 — 6:39pm PST

    What a great package for a date night!

    I followed both on FB.

  69. Kara HustonSunday, September 9th, 2018 — 9:06pm PST

    This would be an amazing date night for our anniversary. Thanks for the chance.

  70. Helen SongMonday, September 10th, 2018 — 7:59am PST

    Great combo of dinner, show, and gift for a perfect date night. With or without the prize I think I’ll make it a date! @miss604 always a source for great ideas! Thx!

  71. Cheuk LauTuesday, September 11th, 2018 — 8:34pm PST

    This is indeed awesome

  72. Emily TTuesday, September 11th, 2018 — 9:52pm PST

    Looks great. Would love to win! 🙂

  73. Fiona HendersonThursday, September 13th, 2018 — 7:15pm PST

    My husband and I are pinching pennies, but this would be a decadent night and awesome win!!

  74. TrishSunday, September 16th, 2018 — 6:03pm PST

    Would love to go on this date night☺

  75. KATHLEEN NOMATSunday, September 16th, 2018 — 9:17pm PST

    u hope i win! 🙂

  76. Catherine HercusWednesday, October 10th, 2018 — 5:49pm PST

    Would be amazing to win for my birthday and take my daughter

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