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2017-18 Season Brochure

2017-2018 Season and Festival

An entire year of operas featuring TurandotL'elisir d'amore, Eugene Onegin, and The Overcoat - a musicial tailoring.


Queen Elizabeth Theatre
October 13, 19, 21 at 7:30pm
October 15 at 2:00pm

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Music: Giacomo Puccini

Libretto: Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Sung in Italian with English and Mandarin SURTITLES™

Conductor: Jacques Lacombe
Director: Renaud Doucet

Cast in order of vocal appearance
A Mandarin: Peter Monaghan**
Liú, a young slave girl: Marianne Fiset*
Calaf, the unknown prince: Marcelo Puente*
Timur, his father, the dispossessed king of Tartary: Alain Coulombe*
Ping, Grand Chancellor: Jonathan Beyer*
Pang, General Purveyor: Julius Ahn
Pong, Chief Cook: Joseph Hu 
Executioner: Kelsey Andries
Prince of Persia: Bodhi Cutler      
The Emperor Altoum: Sam Chung
Handmaids: Melanie Krueger, Karen Ydenberg
Princess Turandot: Amber Wagner*

With the Vancouver Opera Chorus as guards, executioner’s assistants, priests, mandarins,  dignitaries, wise men and attendants, and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

Scenic Designer / Costume Designer: André Barbe    
Associate Conductor / Chorus Director: Leslie Dala
Principal Répétiteur / Children’s Chorus Director: Kinza Tyrrell
Choreographer: Roxanne Foster    
Lighting Designer: Guy Simard
Wig Designer: Susan Manning
Musical Preparation: Kimberley-Ann Bartczak
Stage Manager: Ingrid Turk
Assistant Director: Kathleen Stakenas
Assistant Lighting Designer: Andrew Pye
English SURTITLES™ Operator: Sarah Jane Pelzer**        
Assistant Stage Managers: Marijka Asbeek Brusse, Emma Hammond

​* Vancouver Opera debut
** Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program alumnus

About Turandot
La Bohème. Tosca. Madama Butterfly. Turandot. Puccini saved his most musically adventurous opera for last. Containing some of the greatest operatic music ever written, Turandot blends epic chorus sections with unforgettable intimate moments, and is the culmination of Puccini’s career. This three act opera by Giacomo Puccini and completed by Franco Alfano, with libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni is one of the most grand opera offerings and is full of thrilling choruses, booming orchestrations, and a cast consisting of all of ancient China. This magnificent work—which features Pavarotti’s signature aria, “Nessun dorma”—promises to make the kick off of the Vancouver Opera’s 2017/18 Season a not-to-be missed event.

The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 44 minutes, including 2 intermissions. Act 1: 32 minutes, Intermission: 20 minutes, Act 2: 46 minutes, Intermission: 15 minutes, Act 3: 42 minutes.

First produced at Milan, Teatro alla Scala, April 25, 1926.
First produced by Vancouver Opera, April 27, 1972.

Scenery, properties and costumes for this production were constructed at Minnesota Opera Shops and are jointly owned by Minnesota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Seattle Opera, Utah Opera, Cincinnati Opera and Opera Philadelphia.

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