TOSCA



GIACOMO PUCCINI

A glorious, gritty drama of love, corruption and evil
In Italian with English SURTITLES™

"[A] musically and dramatically smashing Tosca...a dream triad of vocal powers"
- Georgia Straight
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"Audiences who want to experience the flat-out power of opera ... should flock to this VO production"
- Vancouver Sun
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October 26 - November 3, 2013
Evening performances 7:30pm.
November 3 matinée performance 2:00pm.

CLOSES NOVEMBER 3, 2013!

► In Rome in 1800, the cruel chief of police, Baron Scarpia, is consumed with desire for Floria Tosca, the city’s most celebrated singer. Using terror, extortion, and fraud, Scarpia threatens Tosca and imprisons her revolutionary lover, Mario Cavaradossi. Before Scarpia can have his way with Tosca, she plunges a knife into his heart. In the opera’s harrowing climax, the lovers are reunited, only to be betrayed, from the grave, by the evil Scarpia.

Set in a time of political and religious upheaval, Puccini’s masterful drama paints three unforgettable portraits: the fiery, pure-hearted Tosca; the passionate political idealist Mario; and the deeply depraved Scarpia. Puccini’s score is filled with soaring melody, authentic Roman atmosphere, and spellbinding tension

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► All performances are at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
► Approximate running time: 3 hours minutes (including 2 intermissions)


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CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Conducted by JONATHAN DARLINGTON

JONATHAN DARLINGTON
Conductor
Lapworth, England

LAST VO APPEARANCE
Tea: A Mirror of Soul, 2013

RECENT APPEARANCES
Le nozze di Figaro with Norwegian National Opera
Der Zwerg and Eine Florentinische Tragögdie with Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Orlando (Handel) and La clemenza di Tito with Dresden Semperoper
The Rake’s Progress with Opéra National de Paris

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Madame Butterfly with Vienna State Opera
La traviata with with Deutsche Oper am Rhein


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


Mr. Darlington’s appearance is supported by a gift from Pascal & Isabelle Spothelfer


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Directed by JOSEPH MCCLAIN

JOSEPH MCCLAIN
DIRECTOR
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


LAST VO APPEARANCE
Salome, 2009


RECENT APPEARANCES
Tributo a Piazzolla, Mexico City
National Competition for Young Mexican Singers (Concurso San Miguel), San Miguel de Allende
Masterclasses, Ópera de San Miguel, Artistic Director Emeritus

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Tango Pasiòn with Cervantino Festival
Memoir release, “Let Go!”

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

Tosca (Oct 26, 31, Nov 2) MICHELE CAPALBO

MICHELE CAPALBO
SOPRANO
Kitchener, ON

VANCOUVER OPERA DEBUT

RECENT APPEARANCES
Aida with San Francisco Opera and the Canadian Opera Company
Manon Lescaut with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Leonora in Il trovatore with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Opera Colorado
Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly with Palm Beach Opera

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Verdi Gala with L`Opéra de Montreal
Tosca with Nickel City Opera and Opera Lyra Ottawa
 

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


More about Michele Capalbo

Tosca (Nov 1, 3) TAMARA MANCINI

TAMARA MANCINI
SOPRANO
Pottsville, PA

VANCOUVER OPERA DEBUT

RECENT APPEARANCES
Ortlinde in Die Walkure with Seattle Opera
Turandot with Teatro Comunale
Turandot with The Royal Swedish Opera

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Turandot with Palacio de Belles Artes, Mexico City

Ms. Mancini’s appearance is supported by a gift from Bruce Munro Wright

Cavaradossi (Oct 26, 31, Nov 2) DAVID POMEROY

DAVID POMEROY
Tenor
St.John's, NL
LAST VO APPEARANCE
Alfredo in La traviata, 2011

RECENT APPEARANCES
Don Jose in Carmen with Opera Lyra
Radames in Aida with Brott Music Festival
Faust with Metropolitan Opera
Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Canadian Opera Company

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Requiem (Verdi) with Orchestre Trois Rivieres
9th Symphony (Beethoven) with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Erik in Der Fliegende Hollander and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Calgary Opera

Mr. Pomeroy’s appearance is supported by a gift from Yoshiko Karasawa


More about David Pomeroy

Cavaradossi (Nov 1, 3) ADAM DIEGEL

ADAM DIEGEL
Tenor
Memphis, TN

VO DEBUT

RECENT APPEARANCES
Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre
Don José in Carmen with English National Opera
Don José in Carmen with Opera Australia

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with The Metropolitan Opera
Ismaele in Nabucco with Opera Philadelphia

Mr. Diegel’s appearance is supported by a gift from Robin & Parviz Cordwell


More about Adam Diegel

Scarpia GORDON HAWKINS

GORDON HAWKINS
Baritone
Washington, DC

VANCOUVER OPERA DEBUT

RECENT APPEARANCES
Amonasro in Aida with the Cincinnati Opera Festival
Telramund in Lohengrin with Deutsche Oper Berlin
Scarpia in Tosca with Oper Leipzig, Germany
Alberich in Siegfried with Teatro Maestranza

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Rigoletto with Opera Colorado
Alberich in Wagner’s Ring Cycle with Washington National Opera

Mr. Hawkins’s appearance is supported by a gift from Tony & Reet Kana



More about Gordon Hawkins

Angelotti STEPHEN HEGEDUS

STEPHEN HEGEDUS
Bass-baritone
Toronto, ON

LAST VO APPEARANCE
Colline in La bohème, 2012

RECENT APPEARANCES
Figaro in Figaro’s Wedding with Against the Grain Theatre, Toronto
Soloist, Requiem (Mozart) with the Winnipeg Symphony
Captain in Eugene Onegin with Edmonton Opera
Nourabad in Les pêcheurs de perles with Opera Hamilton

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Leporello in Don Giovanni with Vancouver Opera
Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Pacific Opera Victoria

Mr. Hegedus’s appearance is supported by a gift from David E. Scott & Katerina Tieman


More about Stephen Hegedus

Sacristan THOMAS GOERZ

THOMAS GOERZ

Bass-baritone

Kitchener, ON

LAST VO APPEARANCE
Benoit / Alcindoro in La bohème, 2012

RECENT APPEARANCES
Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance with Calgary Opera
Andrew Carnes in Oklahoma! with Central City Opera
Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking with l’Opéra de Montréal
Rocco in Fidelio with Edmonton Opera

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Zuniga in Carmen with Opera Hamilton

Mr. Goerz’s appearance is supported by a gift from Mrs. Alix Brown

Spoletta FRÉDÉRIK ROBERT

FRÉDÉRIK ROBERT
Tenor
Peace River, Alberta

LAST VO APPEARANCE
The Italian Man in Lillian Alling, 2010

RECENT APPEARANCES
Anthony Candolino in Master Class with Arts Club Theatre Company
Lead Tenor, Love in Public (World Premiere) with The Show Co.
Soloist, Les Noces (Stravinsky) with Vancouver Bach Choir
Duke in Rigoletto with Vancouver Concert Opera Society

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
QuintEssence
Tour 2014/15
Chorus in Don Giovanni and Don Carlo with Vancouver Opera

Mr. Robert’s appearance is supported by a gift from Grace To


More about Frédérik Robert

Sciarrone AARON DURAND

AARON DURAND
Baritone
One Hundred Mile House, BC

LAST VO APPEARANCE
The Speaker in The Magic Flute, 2013

RECENT APPEARANCES
Javan in When the Sun Comes Out with the Queer Arts Festival
Soloist, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Vancouver Academy Orchestra
Schaunard in La bohème with Vancouver Opera
Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance with Vancouver Opera

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Sid in Albert Herring with Vancouver Opera
Soloist, Messiah with Victoria Symphony

Mr. Durand’s appearance is supported by a gift from Dr. Stephanie Chung & Dr. Peter Chung

Shepherd Boy MOLLY BORRITT


MOLLY BORRITT
Soprano
Vancouver, BC


LAST VO APPEARANCE
Children’s Chorus, La bohème, 2012

RECENT APPEARANCE
Vancouver Bach Children’s Choir
Thoroughly Modern Millie with Encore Musical Theatre
Children’s Chorus, The Nutcracker with Goh Ballet

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Singin’ in the Rain with Encore Musical Theatre
 

Shepherd Boy CAMERON ANDRES

CAMERON ANDRES
Soprano
Vancouver, BC


LAST VO APPEARANCE
Children’s Chorus, La bohème, 2012

RECENT APPEARANCE
Vancouver Bach Children’s Choir

Jailer ANGUS BELL

ANGUS BELL
Bass-baritone
Bankstown, Australia

LAST VO APPEARANCE
səy̓əm̓ 2 in The Magic Flute, 2013

RECENT APPEARANCES
John Allison in The Lake with Turning Point Ensemble
Requiem (Brahms) with Summer Chor, Vancouver
Messiah (Handel) with the Vancouver Handel Society and Salt Spring Island Symphony

Chorus Director / Associate Conductor LESLIE DALA

LESLIE DALA
ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR / CHORUS DIRECTOR

Toronto, ON

LAST VO APPEARANCE
Conductor, The Magic Flute, 2013

RECENT APPEARANCES
Carmen with UBC Opera
Music for China, presented by Soundstreams Canada, with performances in Toronto, Taipei and Beijing
Albert Herring with Pacific Opera Victoria

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
The Tales of Hoffmann with UBC Opera
Albert Herring with Vancouver Opera


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.

Mr. Dala’s appearance is supported by a gift from Ken Spencer & Judy Gale
 

Children's Chorus Director / Principal Répétiteur KINZA TYRRELL

KINZA TYRRELL
CHILDREN'S CHORUS DIRECTOR
/ PRINCIPAL RÉPÉTITEUR
Victoria, BC

LAST VO APPEARANCE
Principal Répétiteur, Tea: A Mirror of Soul, 2013

RECENT APPEARANCES
Conductor, Le nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Summer Opera Studio
Diction Specialist at Opera Nuova
Piano Soloist in The Four Temperaments (Hindemith) with Edmonton Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Assistant Conductor, Albert Herring with Vancouver Opera
Visiting Teacher with Calgary Opera's Young Artist Program


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

Dr. Tyrrell’s appearance is supported by a gift from Dr. Virginia Evans

Lighting Designer GERALD KING

GERALD KING
LIGHTING DESIGNER

Fredericton, New Brunswick

LAST VO APPEARANCE
La bohème, 2012

RECENT APPEARANCES
Anne of Green Gables: The Musical with Theatre Calgary
Tosca with Pacific Opera Victoria
Twelfth Night and Hamlet with Bard on the Beach
A Simple Way with Kokoro Dance

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Don Carlo with Vancouver Opera
Les Miserables with Western Canada Theatre

Musical Preparation TINA CHANG

TINA CHANG
MUSICAL PREPARATION

Taiwan

LAST VO APPEARANCE
Musical Preparation, Tea: A Mirror of Soul, 2013

RECENT APPEARANCES
Pianist, Recital with Vancouver Opera's Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program at YVR
Pianist, Cinderella with Vancouver Opera In Schools
Pianist and Coach with the Atelier Lyrique at l'Opéra de Montréal

  KIMBERLEY-ANN BARTCZAK

KIMBERELY-ANN BARTCZAK
MUSICAL PREPARATION


VANCOUVER OPERA DEBUT

RECENT APPEARANCES
Répétiteur, University of Toronto opera program
Accompanist, Women’s Chorus at the University of Toronto and the Mississauga Festival Choir
 

UPCOMING APPEARANCES
Music Director, Talk Opera with Opera 5
Pianist and coach, Opera on the Avalon and St. Andrews Opera Workshop

Wig Designer STACEY BUTTERWORTH

STACEY BUTTERWORTH
WIG DESIGNER

LAST VO APPEARANCE

Tea: A Mirror of Soul, 2013

RECENT APPEARANCES
Wig Design and Construction, Bard on the Beach 2013
American Hustle feature film - wig maker for Jennifer Lawrence
Fox Catcher feature film - wig maker for Channing Tatum
Moneyball feature film - wig maker for Brad Pitt

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Conflagration feature film
Albert Herring, Don Giovanni and Don Carlo with Vancouver Opera

Ms. Butterworth has been Wig Designer for Vancouver Opera since 1995. Stacey Butterworth Wig Creations is one of the top suppliers of custom made wigs in North America, supplying film, television, theatre and opera.

Stage Manager SHEILA MUNN

SHEILA MUNN
STAGE MANAGER

Vancouver, BC

LAST VO APPEARANCE
Tea: A Mirror of Soul, 2013

RECENT APPEARANCES
When The Sun Comes Out with Queer Arts Festival
Dialogues des Carmélites, The Merry Widow and Albert Herring with UBC Opera Ensemble
The Pirates of Penzance, La Bohème, 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, Fidelio, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci, Tosca, Ariadne auf Naxos, The Magic Flute, and Macbeth with Vancouver Opera.


Ms. Munn is please to be joined by Assistant Stage Managers Beth Grieve and Belle Cheung and Apprentice Stage Manager Collette Brown.
 

Fight Director NICHOLAS HARRISON


NICHOLAS HARRISON
FIGHT DIRECTOR

Tsawwassen, BC

LAST VO APPEARANCE
The Pirates of Penzance, 2012

RECENT APPEARANCES
Fight Director for Hamlet and Twelfth Night with Bard on the Beach
Fight director for Venus in Fur with The Arts Club Theatre Company
Fight Director for Dracula with Chemainus Theatre

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Fight Director for Les Miserables with Western Canada Theatre Company
Dr. Harrison is a member of Fight Directors Canada.

Assistant Director FANNY GILBERT-COLLET

FANNY GILBERT-COLLET
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

VANCOUVER OPERA DEBUT

RECENT APPEARANCES

Assistant Stage Director with Opera NUOVA
Assistant Stage Director, Die Zauberflöte, Nice, France


UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Director, Les Dialogues des Carmélites with the Vocal Arts Festival at NUOVA Edmonton

   


 

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