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Jonathan Darlington conducts

Laughter, love and sweet revenge... while waltzing!

VO's Music Director, Jonathan Darlington, returns to the podium to conduct Die Fledermaus.

 

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2014-2015 Season

Deadly passion in Spain

by Georges Bizet
Production sponsored by Mission Hill Family Estate
In French with English translations projected above the stage

September 27, 28 (matinée), October 2, 3, 4, 5 (matinée), 2014

Evening performances 7:30pm • Matinée performances 2:00pm.

All performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Uninhibited dancing in a smoke-filled tavern. Songs pulsing with erotic power. Sinister felonies in a mountain pass. Murder outside a bullring. Carmen is justly revered for its thrilling drama and its irresistible music, so rich in energy and passion that it lives with audiences forever.

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There's a bully in all of us

Composed by Neil Weisensel • Libretto by Shane Koyczan
Production sponsored by YVR
In English with lyrics projected above the stage

October 23, 24, 25, 28, 29 (student matinée), 30, November 1 (matinée), 1 (evening), 4, 5 (matinée), 6, 7, 2014

Evening performances 7:30pm • November 1 matinee 1:30pm, November 5 matinee 2:00pm.

All performances at the Vancouver Playhouse

Parental Advisory: Some content might not be suitable for younger audiences. The production includes coarse language and the depiction of violence.

Call the VO Ticket Centre at 604-683-0222 for specially priced tickets for young people.

The inner life of a young boy is at the heart of this moving and meaningful new opera by world-renowned spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan and composer Neil Weisensel. Bravely autobiographical, beautifully poetic, visually innovative and musically memorable, Stickboy confronts the uncomfortable reality of a society struggling with its own fear and insecurity, a society that seeks conformity and uniformity at the expense of those who are different.This visually stunning world premiere will feature animation by Giant Ant, the producers of Mr. Koyczan's monumentally popular video "To This Day", with set design by Drew Facey.

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Laughter, love and sweet revenge… while waltzing!

by Johann Strauss, Jr.
Production sponsored by Blakes
In English with lyrics projected above the stage.

February 28, March 5, 7, 8 (matinée), 2015

Evening performances 7:30pm • Matinée performances 2:00pm.

All performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

In high society Vancouver – call it “Viennacouver” – every night is party night! Lighthearted, romantic, and wickedly funny, Die Fledermaus has the power to lift our spirits. Strauss’s melody-filled music, especially his famous waltzes, is effervescent and intoxicating. Be prepared to laugh! Featuring soprano Joyce el-Khoury as Rosalinde, tenor Roger Honeywell as Gabriel von Eisenstein, and Christopher Gaze as the tipsy jailer, Frosch.

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Lethal obsession on the streets

by Stephen Sondheim
Production sponsored by BMO
In English with lyrics projected above the stage.

April 25, 26 (matinée), 30, May 1, 2, 3 (matinée), 2015

Evening performances 7:30pm • Matinée performances 2:00pm.

All performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Winner of countless awards, Sweeney Todd is darkly comical and endlessly entertaining. The indelible cast of characters and the evocatively grimy setting combine with Sondheim’s unmatchable lyrics and complex orchestral score for a rich theatrical and musical experience

Starring real-life husband and wife Greer Grimsley, one of the great bass-baritones of his generation, as Sweeney Todd, and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee as Mrs. Lovett. Canadian soprano Andriana Chuchman, fresh from a bravura debut performance at The Metropolitan Opera (where she stepped in for Anna Netrebko for two performances of L'Elisir d'Amore) will sing Johanna.

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Illustrations by Olimpia Zagnoli