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City Opera’s Nigredo Hotel: Win a Date Night

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 — 2:20pm PDT
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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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  1. Kim C says:

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

  2. Shirley S says:

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

  3. Nano Hawa says:

    This looks like fun! Should be a great show.

  4. Iain says:

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

  5. Kam says:

    This would be a wonderful date night!

  6. Hadley says:

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

  7. Tabby72 says:

    I love opera and would love a date night!

  8. kim says:

    wonderful prize! Would love to go

  9. Amy says:

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

  10. jan says:

    a wonderful night out

  11. Tania says:

    This would be a wonderful date night!

  12. Rino says:

    Wonderful prize! Would love to go!

  13. Aimee says:

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

  14. tracy k says:

    this would be the perfect date night!

  15. Karolina says:

    And I already ‘like’ you on Facebook longtime.

  16. Gloria says:

    What a fun date night prize pack!

  17. Cindy says:

    Sounds awesome!!

  18. neena says:

    psycho thriller in opera ih what fun

  19. Ana says:

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

  20. Vickie says:

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

  21. Ron says:

    Love date nights!

  22. Kate says:

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

  23. Esther Allard says:

    I would love to win and go to the opera!

  24. Renate says:

    What a lovely prize this would be!

  25. Kathy P says:

    Follow both. Great prize!

  26. peter mok says:


  27. Kerry says:

    This would be fabulous

  28. Sherry Fraser says:

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

  29. Eileen says:

    Following both FB accounts

  30. Eileen says:

    Sounds amazing!

  31. Stacey says:

    Would love to win this amazing date night pkg!

  32. Shelley Butcher says:

    You had me at opera!!!!!

  33. Teresa K says:

    Yay! Would love to win!

  34. Tracy says:

    Would love to win !

  35. Bruce M. says:

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

  36. Tony says:

    Would love to win!

  37. Diane To says:

    This would be a great date night!

  38. Michelle W says:

    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 C says:

    Great date night idea

  40. Steven says:

    Date night with my wife!!!!

  41. Isabel says:

    Would be fun to attend to! Twitted also @drama_otaku

  42. AlexM says:

    We could use a nice night out!

  43. Elaine Davies says:

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

  44. spink says:

    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. Tammy says:

    What a lovely event…wow!!

  46. Frankie says:

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

  47. Alberto G says:

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

  48. lauren says:

    This sounds like a lovely date night!

  49. Adrea says:

    Love it includes flowers!!

  50. Ian says:

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

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

  52. Ana M says:

    Looks like a blast!

  53. Nikki says:

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

  54. Holly says:

    We need a date night! This looks like fun.

  55. Bonnie R says:

    What a great date night! Thank you 🙂 !

  56. jane james says:

    Entered and liked on facebook.

  57. Maryanne says:

    Awesome night out!

  58. Maryanne says:

    Following both on fb

  59. Janet says:

    Great prize pack!

  60. Kendra says:

    The play looks great!

  61. Katie says:

    I would love to see this performance!

  62. HY says:

    My wife would love this!

  63. Theresa says:

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

  64. Vince says:

    What a greatnight out!

  65. Mydhili Furtado says:

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

  66. Stotes says:

    This would be great!

  67. Angela Mac says:

    I’d love to win this fantastic night out!

  68. Sunshine H says:

    What a great package for a date night!

    I followed both on FB.

  69. Kara Huston says:

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

  70. Helen Song says:

    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 Lau says:

    This is indeed awesome

  72. Emily T says:

    Looks great. Would love to win! 🙂

  73. Fiona Henderson says:

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

  74. Trish says:

    Would love to go on this date night☺

  75. KATHLEEN NOMAT says:

    u hope i win! 🙂

  76. Catherine Hercus says:

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

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