AIDA

Giuseppe Verdi
The grandest of grand operas

OPENS APRIL 21ST, 2012 ► Set amidst the monumental opulence of ancient Egypt, Verdi’s famous opera is visually stunning and musically magnificent. Against the sweeping background of warring nations, fierce patriotism and the mysteries of a powerful priesthood is a passionate drama of loyalty and love across enemy lines that will reach deep into your heart.

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ON STAGE FOR 6 PERFORMANCES ONLY

Saturday April 21, 2012 7:30pm
Tuesday April 24, 2012 7:30pm
Thursday Aprli 26, 2012 7:30pm
Saturday April 28, 2012 7:30pm
Tuesday May 1, 2012 7:30pm
Thursday May 3, 2012 7:30pm

All performances are at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Approximate running time: 3 hours, including one intermission.


CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Conducted by JONATHAN DARLINGTON

JONATHAN DARLINGTON
MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR

Lapworth, England

Last VO Appearance:
La clemenza di Tito, 2011


Recent Appearances:
The Magic Flute with Opera Australia
The Abduction from the Seraglio with Grand Théatre de Genève
Street Scene with Staatsoper Dresden
Le nozze di Figaro with Den Norske Opera & Balleet

Upcoming Engagements:
Orlando with Staatsoper Dresden
Vanessa with Oper Frankfurt
Der Zwerg / Eine florentinische Tragödie with Deutsche Oper am Rhein

Mr. Darlington, BA (Hons) Durham University is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

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Directed by DAVID GATELY

DAVID GATELY
DIRECTOR

Seattle, WA

Last VO Appearance:
Carmen, 2009

Recent Appearances:
Don Pasquale with San Diego Opera
Le nozze di Figaro and The Barber of Seville with Opera Colorado
Dead Man Walking with Fort Worth Opera
Angels in America with the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Upcoming Engagements:
Lysistrata with Forth Worth Opera
La bohème with Florida Grand Opera

Mr. Gately is the director of the opera program at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.

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Choreographer CHAN HON GOH

CHAN HON GOH
Choreographer

Beijing, China / Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Principal Dancer, National Ballet of Canada 1994 - 2009
Executive Producer, Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker
International Jury Member, Seoul International Dance Competition, 2012
Canadian Judge, Yokosuka International Ballet Competition, 2012

Upcoming Engagements:
Executive Producer, Coppelia and The Nutcracker with Goh Ballet

Ms. Goh is the Director of the Goh Ballet Academy and Youth
Company.

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Aida MLADA KHUDOLEY

MLADA KHUDOLEY
AIDA

SOPRANO
Moscow, Russia

Last VO Appearance:
Salome, 2009

Recent Appearances:
Salome with New Orleans Opera and Manitoba Opera
Renata in Fiery Angel with Teatro Regio Torino
Les noces with Mariinsky Theatre at Théatre de Champs Elysées, Paris
Kaiserin in Die Frau ohne Schatten with Edinburgh International Festival

Upcoming Engagements:
Abigaille in Nabucco with Oper Stuttgart
Turandot with Oper Graz

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Amneris DAVEDA KARANAS

DAVEDA KARANAS
AMNERIS

MEZZO-SOPRANO
Mandeville, LA

Vancouver Opera Début


Recent Appearances:
Amneris in Aida with Arizona Opera
Waltraute, Second Norn, Fricka cover in Der Ring Des Nibelungen with San Francisco Opera
Azucena in Il Trovatore with Opera Grand Rapids
Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with San Francisco Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle with Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Marfa in Khovanshchina with Oper Frankfurt

More about Daveda Karanas

Radames ARNOLD RAWLS

ARNOLD RAWLS
RADAMES
TENOR
West Monroe, LA

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:

Calaf in Turandot with Arizona Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Radames in Aida and Manrico in Il trovatore with Bregenzer Festspiele auf dem See
Manrico in Il Trovatore with TheMetropolitan Opera and Seattle Opera
Apollo in Daphne and San Lui / Roberto in L’Oracolo / Le Villi with Oper Frankfurt

Upcoming Engagements:
Andrea Chénier with Bregenzer Festspiele auf dem See
Manrico in Il Trovatore with Opera Australia

More about Arnold Rawls

Amonasro QUINN KELSEY

QUINN KELSEY
AMONASRO

Honolulu, HI

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Amonasro in Aida with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Hawaii Opera Theatre
Di Luna in Il trovatore with Semperoper Dresden
Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Deutsche Oper Berlin and Lyric Opera of Chicago
Rigoletto with Canadian Opera Company, Den Norske Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Ezio in Attila with San Francisco Opera
Paolo in Simon Boccanegra with Lyric Opera of Chicago

More about Quinn Kelsey

Ramfis MORRIS ROBINSON

MORRIS ROBINSON
RAMFIS


Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Joe in Showboat with Lyric Opera of Chicago
Commendatore in Don Giovanni with San Francisco Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Dallas Opera
Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and The Metropolitan Opera
Angelotti in Tosca with Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Upcoming Engagements:
Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
Fernando in Il trovatore with The Metropolitan Opera

More about Morris Robinson

 

King of Egypt ILYA BANNIK

ILYA BANNIK
KING OF EGYPT

BASS
St. Petersburg, Russia

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Emperor in The Nightingale & Other Short Fables with Canadian Opera Company
Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Seattle Opera
Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Opéra Dijon

Upcoming Engagements:
Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni and Polkan in Golden Cockerel with Den Nye Opera
Gremin in Eugene Onegin with Edmonton Opera

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High Priestess SHEILA CHRISTIE

SHEILA CHRISTIE
HIGH PRIESTESS

SOPRANO
Lethbridge, AB

Last VO Appearance:
Giovanna in Rigoletto, 2009

Recent Appearances:
Soloist, Vancouver Spring Show 2012 at The Centre in Celebration of the Year of the Dragon
Soloist, Ninth Symphony (Beethoven) with Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra
Soloist, Quasimodo with Boca del Lupo
Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow with Burnaby Lyric Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Soloist, Gala Showcase with the Richmond Academy of Dance

Messenger JOHN ARSENAULT

JOHN ARSENAULT
MESSENGER

TENOR
Montague, PEI

Last VO Appearance:
Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, 2010

Recent Appearances:
Soloist, Vespers (Rachmaninoff) with Vancouver Bach Choir
Conductor, L’elisir d’amore and Die Fledermaus with Vancouver Island Opera
First Jew in Salome with Vancouver Opera
Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Vancouver Island Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Conductor, Gianni Schicchi with The Opera Project
Conductor, Faust with Vancouver Island Opera

Mr. Arsenault is Music Director of DragonDiva Operatic Theatre.

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Chorus Director / Associate Conductor LESLIE DALA

LESLIE DALA
CHORUS DIRECTOR / ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR

Toronto, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Conductor, West Side Story, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Die Schöpfung (The Creation), Les noces and Catulli Carmina with Vancouver Bach Choir
The Nutcracker with Goh Ballet and Vancouver Opera Orchestra
Lillian Alling with Banff Summer Festival
Sarah McLachlan and the VSO with MusicFest Vancouver

Upcoming Engagements:
La bohème and The Magic Flute with Vancouver Opera
Suor Angelica with the COSI program, Sulmona, Italy

Mr. Dala is the Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Music Director of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony.

More about Leslie Dala

Lighting Designer HELEN KUUKKA

HELEN KUUKKA
LIGHTING DESIGNER

Helsinki, Finland / Orlando, FL

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Il barbiere di Siviglia with Tulsa Opera
La traviata with Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Aida with Portland Opera
Vampire’s Ball with Orlando Ballet

Upcoming Engagements:
Daughter of the Regiment with Tulsa Opera
Carmina Burana with Orlando Ballet

More about Helen Kuukka

Assistant Director AMIEL GLADSTONE

AMIEL GLADSTONE
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Director, Lucia di Lammermoor, 2010


Recent Appearances:
Director, Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata (World Premiere) with Arts Club Theatre and PuSH Festival
Director, Hansel & Gretel with Vancouver Opera In Schools
Director, This with Vancouver Playhouse
Director, 100% Vancouver with PuSh Festival and Theatre Replacement

Upcoming Engagements:
Director, Tosca with Pacific Opera Victoria
Director, Extraction with Theatre Conspiracy

More about Amiel Gladstone

Assistant Chorus Director/Principal Répétiteur KINZA TYRRELL

KINZA TYRRELL
ASSISTANT CHORUS DIRECTOR / PRINCIPAL RÉPÉTITEUR

Victoria, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Assistant Chorus Director / Principal Répétiteur, The Barber of Seville, 2012

Recent Appearances:
Les Noces with Vancouver Bach Choir
L’amour de loin with Canadian Opera Company
Assistant Conductor, Lillian Alling with The Banff Centre
BC Recital Tour with Richard Margison

Upcoming Engagements:
Conductor, Le nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Summer Opera Studio
The Four Temperaments (Hindemith) with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Dr. Tyrrell is the Music Director of VOIS, Répétiteur /Assistant Conductor at Opera Nuova, COSI Centre for Opera Studies, The Banff Centre and Vancouver Summer Opera Studio.
 

Stage Manager SHEILA MUNN

SHEILA MUNN
STAGE MANAGER
Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
The Barber of Seville, 2012


Recent Appearances:
Albert Herring with UBC Opera Ensemble
Roméo et Juliette, La traviata, La clemenza di Tito, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lillian Alling, Madama Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, Nixon in China, Norma, Salome, Rigoletto, Carmen, Eugene Onegin, La bohème, Fidelio, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci, Tosca, Ariadne auf Naxos, The Magic Flute, and Macbeth with Vancouver Opera.
L’Orfeo and L’Incoronazione di Poppea with
MusicFest Vancouver

Upcoming Engagements:
The Merry Widow with UBC Opera Ensemble

Ms. Munn is pleased to be joined by Assistant Stage Managers Theresa Tsang and Beth Grieve and Apprentice Stage Manager Anthony Wade-Cooper.
 

   
   


 

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