THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

COMPOSED BY ARTHUR SULLIVAN • LIBRETTO BY W.S. GILBERT

HILARITY ON THE HIGH SEAS
Performed In English

“Don’t even try to resist: you will go home humming its tunes.”
Georgia Straight

“[Roger] Honeywell offers charm — boyish, of course — a hint of knowing irony, and stylish singing from opening scene to the obligatory happy ending. He’s perfect.”
Vancouver Sun

“[Rachel] Fenlon trills like a bird, virtuosically yet hilariously, through her first-act coloratura sendup”
Georgia Straight

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► A tropical coastline. Frederic has turned 21 and has reached the end of his apprenticeship to a band of hopelessly inept pirates. But wait: he was born on February 29 in Leap Year, so in fact he’s only five! Bound by his principles, he must remain indentured and forfeit both his new-found love for Mabel and his plan to lead a squeamish squad of police against the pirates.

It all works out, though. Frederic is freed and the pirates are revealed as noblemen and therefore suitable husbands for Mabel’s sisters.
 

The Pirates of Penzance is a wonderfully witty satire of cherished institutions and attitudes. Bumbling police, a pompous military and slavish devotion to duty are all skewered with rapier wit by Gilbert and Sullivan. VO brings together two legendary performers – Christopher Gaze and Judith Forst - in this uproarious, absurd, and hugely pleasing comic opera.

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APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 30 minutes, including one intermission

 

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CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Conducted by JONATHAN DARLINGTON

JONATHAN DARLINGTON
MUSIC DIRECTOR / CONDUCTOR

Lapworth, England

Last VO Appearance:
Aida, 2012

Recent Appearances:
Vanessa with Oper Frankfurt
Street Scene with Staatsoper Dresden
The Rake's Progress at Opéra National de Paris

Upcoming Engagments:
Orlando and La clemenza de Tito with Staatsoper Dresden
Tea with Vancouver Opera

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

Mr. Darlington’s appearance is supported by a gift from David & Manjy Sidoo

More about Jonathan Darlington

Directed by / Major-General Stanley CHRISTOPHER GAZE

CHRISTOPHER GAZE, O.B.C.
DIRECTOR / MAJOR-GENERAL STANLEY

Surrey, England

Vancouver Opera Debut

Recent Appearances: Host, Tea and Trumpets with VSO

Upcoming Engagements:
Host, VSO Traditional Christmas Concerts

Christopher Gaze is the Artistic Director of Bard on Beach Shakespeare Festival. Recently, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia in recognition of his role as a leader in the arts, his community work and the ongoing success of Bard on the Beach.

Associate Director / Choreographer ALLISON GRANT

ALLISON GRANT
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR / CHOREOGRAPHER

Toronto, ON

Last VO Appearance: Director/Choreographer, Roméo et Juliette, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Director, The Auction with Westben Arts Festival
Choreographer/Actor, The Great Gatsby with The Grand Theatre, London
Director, Die Zauberflöte with Sarasota Opera Choreographer, Die Fledermaus with Canadian Opera Company

Upcoming Engagements:
Lucia di Lammermoor with Canadian Opera Company

More about Allison Grant


Ms. Grant teaches, directs and choreographs with the opera program at the University of Toronto.

Frederic ROGER HONEYWELL

ROGER HONEYWELL
FREDERIC

Stratford, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Jimmy in Lillian Alling, 2010

Recent Appearances:
Aegisth in Elektra with Chicago Lyric Opera
Antonio in The Tempest with Opéra de Québec Cavaradossi in Tosca with Fort Worth Opera Festival Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Portland Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Peter Grimes with the Des Moines Metro Opera Captain Vere in Billy Budd with The Teatro Municipal of Santiago, Chile

Mr. Honeywell’s appearance is supported by a gift from Drs. Alastair & Jean Carruthers
 

Mabel RACHEL FENLON

RACHEL FENLON
MABEL

Victoria, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Mimi (Understudy) in La bohème, 2012

Recent Appearances:
Finalist, Inaugural COC Ensemble Studio Competition Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI)
Mimi in La bohème with Opera and Arias at Bard on the Beach
Lisa in Das Land des Lächelns with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Upcoming Engagements:
Nannetta in Falstaff with Pacific Opera Victoria Handel’s Messiah with the Victoria Symphony

Ms. Fenlon’s appearance is supported by a gift from Moh & Yulanda Faris
 

The Pirate King AARON ST. CLAIR NICHOLSON

AARON ST.CLAIR NICHOLSON
THE PIRATE KING
Abbotsford, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, 2011

 

Recent Appearances:
Escamillo in Carmen at Opera Coeur d’Alene
Pooh-Bah in The Mikado with Virginia Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Papageno in The Magic Flute with Opera Tampa
Count Almaviva in Le nozze de Figaro with Virginia Opera

Mr. Nicholson’s appearance is supported by a gift from Tony and Reet Kana

More about Aaron St.Clair Nicholson

Ruth JUDITH FORST

JUDITH FORST O.C.; O.B.C
RUTH

New Westminster, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Irene in Lillian Alling, 2010

Recent Appearances:
Herodias in Salome with Opéra de Montreal and Manitoba Opera
Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia with Houston Grand Opera

Upcoming Engagments:
Madame de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmélites with the Canadian Opera Company
Anne’s Mum in The Two Boys with The Metropolitan Opera

Mrs. Forst’s appearance is supported by a gift from Martha Lou Henley, C.M.

Sergeant of Police GILES TOMKINS

GILES TOMKINS
SERGEANT OF POLICE

Toronto, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Dr. Grenvil in La traviata, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Colline in La bohème with Kingston Symphony Orchestra
Mother in The Seven Deadly Sins with Against the Grain Theatre
Oberto with Opera In Concert
Basilio in The Barber of Seville with Opera Hamilton

Upcoming Engagements:
Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring with Pacific Opera Victoria
Black Bob in The Little Sweep with Pacific Opera Victoria/Belfry Theatre

More about Giles Tomkins

 

Samuel AARON DURAND

AARON DURAND
SAMUEL

One Hundred Mile House, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Schaunard in La bohème, 2012

Recent Appearances:
Marullo in Rigoletto with Vancouver Concert Opera Society
Nuit d’amour: French Opera Highlights with Opera and Arias at Bard on the Beach
Danilo in Die lustige Witwe with UBC Opera Ensemble Game Keeper in Rusalka with UBC Opera Ensemble

Upcoming Engagements:
Soloist, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Vancouver Academy Orchestra
Speaker and Second Priest in The Magic Flute with Vancouver Opera

Edith CASSANDRA WARNER

CASSANDRA WARNER
EDITH
Milton, ON

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Soloist, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Messiah with Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
Soloist, Milton Concert Presentations
Soloist, Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, Saskatoon

Upcoming Engagements:
Second Lady in The Magic Flute with Opera Atelier The Messiah with Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
 

Kate SYLVIA SZADOVSZKI

SYLVIA SZADOVSZKI
KATE
Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Musetta (Understudy) in La bohème, 2012

Recent Appearances:
Rosina in Der Barbier von Sevilla with Theater Hof, Germany
Mercedes in Carmen with Pacific Opera Victoria
Hansel in Hansel & Gretel with Vancouver Opera In Schools
Cendrillon with UBC Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Papagena in The Magic Flute with Vancouver Opera
 

Isabel MELANIE KRUEGER

MELANIE KRUEGER
ISABEL
Abbotsford, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Annina in La traviata, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Soloist, Preludes with Ethos Collective
Sharon in Master Class with Arts Club Theatre
Soloist, Les Noces and Catulli Carmina with the Vancouver Bach Choir
Lillian Alling with Banff Centre for the Performing Arts

Upcoming Engagements:
Messiah with The Handel Society

More about Melanie Krueger

Frederic (Understudy) MARTIN SADD

MARTIN SADD
FREDERIC (UNDERSTUDY)

Victoria, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Rodolfo (Understudy) in La bohème, 2012

Recent Appearances:
Rodolfo in La bohème with Burnaby Lyric Opera Messenger in Aida with Calgary Opera
Male singer in The Inventor with Calgary Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Handel's Messiah with Victoria Symphony Orchestra First Armed Man and First Priest in The Magic Flute with Vancouver Opera

Associate Conductor / Chorus Director LESLIE DALA

LESLIE DALA
ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR / CHORUS DIRECTOR

Toronto, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Conductor, La bohème, 2012

Recent Appearances:
Suor Angelica with Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI)
Here to Stay: The Gershwin Experience with MusicFest Vancouver
Die Schöpfung (The Creation), Les noces and Catulli Carmina with Vancouver Bach Choir

Upcoming Engagements:
The Magic Flute with Vancouver Opera
Albert Herring with Pacific Opera Victoria
El Niño with Vancouver Bach Choir

More about Leslie Dala


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

Principal Répétiteur / Assistant Chorus Director KINZA TYRRELL

KINZA TYRRELL
PRINCIPAL RÉPÉTITEUR / ASSISTANT CHORUS DIRECTOR

Victoria, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Chorus Director / Assistant Conductor / Principal Répétiteur, La bohème, 2012

Recent Appearances:
Soloist, The Four Temperaments (Hindemith) with Edmonton Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic
Conductor, Le nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Summer Opera Studio Piano
Soloist, Les noces with Vancouver Bach Choir
L’amour de loin with the Canadian Opera Company

Upcoming Engagements:
Guest Conductor with Vancouver Bach Choir
Chorus Director / Assistant Conductor / Principal Répétiteur, The Magic Flute with Vancouver Opera

Dr. Tyrrell is the Music Director of Vancouver Opera In Schools and Vancouver Summer Opera Studio, and Répétiteur at Opera Nuova, Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI), and Opera As Theatre at The Banff Centre.  

Fight Director NICHOLAS HARRISON

NICHOLAS HARRISON
FIGHT DIRECTOR
Tsawwassen, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Roméo et Juliette, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Fight Director, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth and King John with Bard on the Beach

Upcoming Engagements:
Fight Director, Hamlet and Twelfth Night with Bard on the Beach

Dr. Harrison is a member of Fight Directors Canada. 

Lighting Designer HARRY FREHNER

HARRY FREHNER
LIGHTING DESIGNER
Calgary, AB

Last VO Appearance:
Lillian Alling, 2010

Recent Appearances:
Moby Dick with Calgary Opera
Don Giovanni with The Banff Centre
Otello with Calgary Opera
Don Pasquale with San Diego Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
La traviata with Calgary Opera
God of Carnage with Theatre Calgary 

Stage Manager SHEILA MUNN

SHEILA MUNN
STAGE MANAGER

Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
La bohème, 2012

Recent Appearances:
The Merry Widow and Albert Herring with UBC Opera Ensemble
Aida, The Barber of Seville, 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 Boheme, 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 Festival Vancouver

Upcoming Engagements:
Tea: A Mirror of Soul with Vancouver Opera
Dialogues of The Carmelites with UBC Opera Ensemble

Ms. Munn is please to be joined by Assistant Stage Managers Theresa Tsang and Beth Grieve.

   

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On Gilbert & Sullivan

Director Christopher Gaze talks about the cast of VO's The Pirates of Penzance, and about Gilbert & Sullivan.


Directing Pirates

Christopher Gaze talks about directing VO's production


Behind the Scenes

A look at Pirates of Penzance rehearsals! With commentary from the cast.

A look at Pirates of Penzance rehearsals - with commentary from the cast


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The Pirates of Penzance
by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

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