Estacio & Murrell
October 16, 19, 21, 23, 2010
All performances 7:30 pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
In English with SURTITLES™
"An enchanting show" - Vancouver Sun
"There is something inherently optimistic about this music" - Globe and Mail
"Undeniable electricity" - Georgia Straight
VO proudly presents the world premiere of its new commissioned opera by Canada's foremost opera-creation team: composer John Estacio and librettist John Murrell.
In 1927, young Lillian Alling arrives in New York City from Russia in desperate search of a man called Jozéf. Penniless, she walks across North America and into the wilds of northwestern BC, following Jozéf's elusive path. During her brave trek, she is embraced by a Norwegian farming community in North Dakota, incarcerated in Oakalla Prison Farm near Vancouver, and loved by Scotty, a lineman along BC's "telegraph trail".
Seeking freedom in the future but bound to a dark past, Lillian's fierce determination and alluring mystery drive her into danger and forever change the lives of everyone she meets. A cathartic scene on the banks of Skeena River reveals a shocking truth and brings Lillian face to face with destiny. Her story will take you deep into the emotional heart of love and courage.
Based on a true story and legend.
About the Production
Conducted by Jacques Lacombe
Directed by Kelly Robinson
New production designed by Sue LePage
Lillian: Frédérique Vézina
Irene: Judith Forst
Scotty: Aaron St. Clair Nicholson
Jimmy: Roger Honeywell
Jozef, Wyman, Sergei: Thomas Goerz
SEE photos from Lillian Alling
LISTEN to music clips and interviews with the creative team!
READ the Lillian Alling Blog
Illustration by Leonard Dente
News and Reviews for Lillian Alling
"Engaging, accessible, touching and well crafted" - Globe and Mail
"A visual delight" - Vancouver Sun
"Undeniable electricity...we finally have an opera we can call our own." - Georgia Straight