Lillian Alling

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

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