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Evita

The voice of the people cannot be denied.
 

Lyrics by Tim Rice | Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
In English with SURTITLES ™ projected above the stage
Company premiere! New production!

Evita is NOW CLOSED

Audience Advisory: This production uses a water-based smoke effect during the performance.



Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, including 1 intermission.

Winner of 7 Tony Awards™ including Best Musical, Evita is the story of the charismatic and controversial Eva Perón, whose beauty and ambition vaulted her from poverty to power as the First Lady of Argentina.

Set in the politically turbulent 1930s and 1940s, Evita follows Eva’s remarkable journey from small-town slums to the tango clubs of Buenos Aires, through a career in B movies, and to the presidential palace on the arm of her new husband, General Juan Perón. Fearlessly aggressive in defending the rights of workers and the poor, Eva attracted the wrath of the aristocracy and the universal love of the people. Her legend lives on, decades after her death in 1952 at age 33, even as her role in Argentina’s history is revealed with increasing clarity as time goes on.

We are proud to present a full-scale production of this modern classic of musical theatre. Lloyd Webber artfully drew on choral forms, Latinate rhythms and contemporary ballads to create a compelling work. “No composer since Puccini has managed to write tunes that adhere so insistently to the memory,” said The New York Times.

Directed by Kelly Robinson | Conducted by Jonathan Darlington | Choreography by Tracey Flye

Audience Advisory: This production uses a water-based smoke effect during the performance.



Listen to Excerpts from Opera Speaks

At Opera Speaks @ VPL on April 5, 2015, panelists explored the cult of stardom in politics and popular culture, focused through the lens of Eva Perón, the legendary First Lady of Argentina during the turbulent 1940s.

Janet Smith, Arts and Fashion Editor at the Georgia Straight, talks about Eva Perón the modern self-made woman.

Vancouver writer/comedian Charlie Demers reflects on the phenomenon of charisma in the post-ideological, anti-charisma world of contemporary politics.

UBC Latin American Studies professor Jon Beasley-Murray talks about Eva Perón’s life and her legacy in Argentina and around the world.

 

Cast and Creative Team

Conducted by Jonathan Darlington

Jonathan Darlington
Conductor

Lapworth, England

Last VO Appearance:
Sweeney Todd, 2015

Recent Appearances:
Die Fledermaus, 2015
Madame Butterfly
with Vienna State Opera
Der Zwerg, Eine Florentinische Tragögdie and La traviata with
Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Le nozze di Figaro with Norwegian National Opera, Oslo
The Magic Flute with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz

Upcoming Engagements:
Swan Lake with Swedish Royal Opera
The Makropoulos Case with Frankfurt Opera
Così fan tutte with Opera Australia

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

Learn more about Jonathan Darlington

Directed by Kelly Robinson

Kelly Robinson
Director

Toronto, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Don Giovanni, 2014

Recent Appearances:
Die tote Stadt with Calgary Opera
The Merry Widow with Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit
Owen Wingrave with Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London
The Marriage of Figaro with Arizona Opera and Opera Santa Barbara

Upcoming Engagements:
Iolanta and Mavra with Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London
Little Women with Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit

Choreographer Tracey Flye

Tracey Flye
Choreographer

Toronto, ON

Last VO Appearance:
West Side Story, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Director / Choreographer, We Will Rock You US National Tour, West Side Story with Rainbow Stage and Cabaret with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
Director, Buyer & Cellar and Venus in Fur with Alberta Theatre Projects, Peter Pan with Ross Petty Productions and Jane Eyre with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
Choreographer / Staging, Billy Elliot with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Drowsy Chaperone with Theatre Calgary / Manitoba Theatre Centre, Kiss Me Kate and Evita
with The Stratford Festival
Choreographer / Associate Director, Once and War Horse with Mirvish Productions, The Boys in the Photograph with Mirvish Productions/Manitoba Theatre Centre

Upcoming Engagements:
Director, We Will Rock You (on-going)
Director, 2016 pantomine with Ross Petty Productions

   
Eva Perón Caroline Bowman

Caroline Bowman
Mezzo-soprano

New York City, NY
Eva

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, New York
Eva in Evita Broadway National Tour (original Broadway cast)
Maggie in Kinky Boots on Broadway, New York

Upcoming Engagements:
Concert at The Carolina Philharmonic, Pinehurst, NC

Learn more about Caroline Bowman

Caroline Bowman on Twitter

Che Ramin Karimloo

Ramin Karimloo
Tenor

Tehran, Iran
Che

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Prince of Broadway with Umeda Arts Theater, Tokyo, Japan
Jean Valjean in Les Misérables at Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York
The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera at The Royal Albert Hall in London
The Phantom in Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre in London

Learn more about Ramin Karimloo

Magaldi Cooper Grodin

Cooper Grodin
Tenor

New York City, USA
Magaldi

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
The Phantom in The Phantom Of The Opera National Tour
Combeferre in Les Misérables National Tour
Rapunzel’s Prince in Into The Woods with Shakespeare In The Park, New York

Upcoming Engagements:
The Gentlemen Of Broadway concerts with Broadway Pops International in Michigan

Learn more about Cooper Grodin

Peron John Cudia

John Cudia
Tenor

Bloomfield, NJ
Juan Perón

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Curly in Oklahoma! with Lyric Opera of Chicago
The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway, New York
Alfredo in La traviata with Lyric Opera of the North, Duluth, Minnesota

Upcoming Engagements:
Concert with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Oregon
Concert with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Illinois
Concert with the Utah Symphony

Learn more about John Cudia

Peron's Mistress Shannon Chan-Kent

Shannon Chan-Kent
Soprano

Vancouver, BC
Perón’s Mistress

Last VO Performance:
Jack Pine with Vancouver Opera In Schools, 2009

Recent Appearances:
Rachel/Andrea Fontaine in The Best Laid Plans with Patrick Street Productions
Joan’s Voice in Saint Joan with The Arts Club Theatre Company
Christmas Eve in Avenue Q with The Arts Club Theatre Company
Sophie de Palma in Masterclass with The Arts Club Theatre Company

Upcoming Engagements:
Christmas Eve in Avenue Q revival with The Arts Club Theatre Company

Shannon Chan-Kent on Twitter

   
Chorus Director / Associate Conductor Leslie Dala

Leslie Dala
Chorus Director / Associate Director

Toronto, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Conductor, Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances:
Musical Dramaturge / Conductor, Stickboy with Vancouver Opera
Così fan tutte with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI)
Steve Reich at 80 at Massey Hall, Toronto produced by Soundstreams
St. Matthew Passion with the Vancouver Bach Choir
The Magic Flute with Edmonton Opera
Sweeney Todd with Vancouver Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream with UBC Opera
Le nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Opera
The Magic Flute with Bard on the Beach

Learn more about Leslie Dala

Scenic & Costume Design Drew Facey

Drew Facey
Set and Costume Designer

Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Additional Scenic Design and Properties Design, Sweeney Todd, 2015

Recent Appearances:
Stickboy with Vancouver Opera
Onegin & Educating Rita with the Arts Club Theatre Company
Das Ding with Can Stage/ Theatre Smash
Elizabeth Rex & Measure for Measure with Bard on the Beach
Penelope & Indian Arm with Rumble Theatre

Upcoming Engagements:
Merry Wives of Windsor with Bard on the Beach
Into the Woods with Thousand Islands Playhouse

Learn more about Drew Facey

Lighting Design Gerald King

Gerald King
Lighting Designer

Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Lighting Designer, Dark Sisters 2015

Recent Appearances:
Die Fledermaus with Vancouver Opera
Faerie Queen with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Les Misérables with Western Canada Theatre
Anne of Green Gables: The Musical with Theatre Calgary
Spamalot with the Arts Club Theatre Company
King Lear and The Comedy of Errors with Bard on The Beach
Don Carlo with Vancouver Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Crazy for You with The Citadel Theatre
Otello and Dead Man Walking with Vancouver Opera

Projection Designer Jamie Nesbitt

Jamie Nesbitt

Projection Designer
Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Projection Designer, Dark Sisters, 2015

Recent Appearances:
The Valley with the Arts Club Theatre Company
Evangeline with the Citadel Theatre, Edmonton
Otello with Pacific Opera Victoria
Calamity Town with Vertigo Theatre

Upcoming Engagements:
The Big Sleep with Vertigo Theatre
Salamanda with Jump Current

Learn more about Jamie Nesbitt

Sound Design Andy Horka

Andy Horka
Sound Designer

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Sound design for White Christmas, Company, Wonderful Town, The Sound of Music, Miss Saigon, and Singin’ in the Rain with the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle
Sound design for Spamalot, Altar Boyz, The Optimists, The Diary of Anne Frank and In The Heights with the Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver
The Tao of Ron with Institutional Theatre Productions, Vancouver
Damn Yankees at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, MN

Wig Designer Stacey Butterworth
Associate Wig Designer Susan Manning

SUSAN MANNING
ASSOCIATE WIG DESIGNER

Cloverdale, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Associate Wig Designer, Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances:
Associate Wig Designer, Dark Sisters with Vancouver Opera
Assistant Wig Designer, Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera
Wigmaker with Stacey Butterworth Wig Creations
Make-Up Artist with Make-up Creations
Little Mermaid

Principal Répétiteur / Assistant Chorus Director Kinza Tyrrell

KINZA TYRRELL
PRINCIPAL RÉPÉTITEUR / ASSISTANT CHORUS DIRECTOR / CHILDREN'S CHORUS DIRECTOR

Victoria, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Assistant Conductor / Chorus Director / Principal Répétiteur, Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances:
Conductor, Dark Sisters with Vancouver Opera
Visiting Master Teacher with Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program
Music Director, Stickboy with Vancouver Opera In Schools
Principal Répétiteur / Assistant Chorus Director, Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Lincoln Trio concert @Silk Purse
German Diction Coach / Assistant Conductor at Opera Kelowna
CD recording for Ukrainian Art Song Project at CBC Toronto

Dr. Tyrrell is the Head Coach of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program and guest faculty at the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Nuova and Opera Kelowna.

Musical Preparation Tina Chang

Tina Chang
Musical Preparation

Vancouver, BC

Last VO Apperance:
Musical Preparation, Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances:
Vancouver Island Recital Tour with mezzo-soprano Barbara Towell
Assistant Conductor & Principal Répétiteur, Dark Sisters
Répétiteur, Rigoletto

Upcoming Engagements:
Pianist & Coach with UBC Summer Vocal Workshop
Répétiteur, Herculanum with Wexford Festival Opera
Répétiteur, Il Campanello with Wexford Festival Opera

  Kimberley-Ann Bartczak *
Stage Manager Theresa Tsang

Theresa Tsang
Stage Manager

Brandon, MB

Last VO Appearance:
Stage Manager, Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances:
Stage Manager, Sweeney Todd and Die Fledermaus with Vancouver Opera
Stage Manager, Guglielmo Ratcliff with Wexford Festival Opera, Ireland
Faculty Stage Manager, 2014 & 2015 Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century with The Banff Centre
Faculty Stage Manager, 2011 – 2013, Opera as Theatre Program with The Banff Centre
Stage Manager, Gathering Light (National Tour) with Raven Spirit Dance

Upcoming Engagements:
Faculty Stage Manager, Opera Program – The Rape of Lucretia with The Banff Centre
Stage Manager, Maria de Rudenz with Wexford Opera Festival, Ireland
Stage Manager, Otello with Vancouver Opera

Ms. Tsang is pleased to be joined by Assistant Stage Managers Marijka Asbeek Brusse, Melania Radelicki, and Apprentice Stage Manager Michelle Harrison.

Dance Captain /Chorus Scott Augustine

Scott Augustine
Baritone

Vancouver, BC
Ensemble / Dance Captain

Last VO Appearance:
Student/Mover in Stickboy, 2014

Recent Appearances:
Riff in West Side Story with Vancouver Opera and Rainbow Stage
Ensemble, A Christmas Story: the Musical with the Arts Club Theatre Company
Fogarty in Chicago, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Edmonton

Upcoming Engagements:
Ensemble in Footloose with Chemainus Theatre Festival
Neleus in Mary Poppins with the Arts Club Theatre Company

Assistant Lighting Designer Julie Martens
Assistant Projection Designer Cameron Fraser

Cameron Fraser
Assistant Projection Designer

Vancouver, BC
 
Last VO Appearance:
Associate Projection Designer, Stickboy tour with Vancouver Opera In Schools, 2015 

Recent Appearances:
Associate Projection Designer, Stickboy with Vancouver Opera
Projection Designer for Still/Falling with Green Thumb Theatre   
Projection Designer for Stop the World with Talk is Free Theatre
Assistant Projection Designer for Macbeth with Kentucky Opera
 
Upcoming Engagements:
Set and Projection Designer for Dream Factory Circus with CircusWest

Learn more about Cameron Fraser 

 


Cast subject to change

 

Ensemble and Understudies

Paul Almeida

Paul Almeida
Baritone

Vancouver, BC
Ensemble

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Ensemble in Fiddler on the Roof with Stage West Theatre, Calgary
Aaron Schultz in Legally Blonde with Theatre Under the Stars
Ensemble in Spamalot with Citadel Theatre, Edmonton

Upcoming Engagements:
Pepper in Mamma Mia with Theatre Aquarius, Toronto
Ensemble in Crazy for You with Port Hope, Toronto
Pepper in Mamma Mia with Port Hope, Toronto

Learn more about Paul Almeida

Paul Almeida on Twitter

Paul Almeida on Instagram

Makayla Moore

Makayla Moore
Alto

Calgary, AB
Ensemble

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Spider in James and the Giant Peach with Carousel Theatre for Young People
Original cast member (dancer) on board one of Royal Caribbean’s newest ships, The Quantum of the Seas
Ensemble in Spamalot with The Arts Club Theatre Company

Upcoming Engagements
Ensemble in Footloose with Chemainus Theatre Festival

Scott Augustine

Scott Augustine
Baritone

Vancouver, BC
Ensemble / Dance Captain

Last VO Appearance:
Student/Mover in Stickboy, 2014

Recent Appearances:
Riff in West Side Story with Vancouver Opera and Rainbow Stage
Ensemble, A Christmas Story: the Musical with the Arts Club Theatre Company
Fogarty in Chicago, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Edmonton

Upcoming Engagements:
Ensemble in Footloose with Chemainus Theatre Festival
Neleus in Mary Poppins with the Arts Club Theatre Company

Katie Murphy

Katie Murphy
Soprano

Vancouver, BC
Ensemble

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Will Rock You First National Tour, New York
Dance Captain for A Christmas Story with the Arts Club Theatre Company
Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown with Globe Theatre, Regina
Brooke in Legally Blonde with Theatre Under the Stars, Vancouver
Tantomile in CATS with Theatre Calgary
Spamalot with Citadel Theatre, Edmonton

Francesca Corrado*

Francesca Corrado
Mezzo-soprano

Burnaby, BC
Eva Perón Understudy / Chorus / Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program Participant

Last VO Appearance:
Suzuki Understudy in Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances:
Giovanna and Maddalena Understudy in Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera
Paquette in Candide with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with The Burnaby Lyric Opera
Carmen with UBC Opera in Vancouver, at the Westben Arts Festival in Ontario, and at The European Music Academy in the Czech Republic

Upcoming Engagements:
Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Finalist

Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor
Baritone

Moose Jaw, SK
Ensemble

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Older Billy in Billy Elliot with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
Dancer in 7th Sense with Wen Wei Dance
Dancer with BJM Dance Montreal

Upcoming Engagements:
Chorus in Sister Act with Drayton Entertainment
Dancer in Canadian Legends with Drayton Entertainment
Dancer in Legends with Drayton Entertainment

Troy Goldthorp

Troy Goldthorp
Tenor

Calgary, AB
Ensemble

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Nana in Peter Pan in Wonderland with Ross Petty Productions
Garvin in Footloose with Drayton Entertainment
Action in West Side Story with Rainbow Stage
Ensemble in Moby Dick, The Inventor with Calgary Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Pepper in Mamma Mia with The Charlottetown Festival
Moody in Anne of Green Gables with The Charlottetown Festival

Eden Tremayne*

Eden Tremayne
Soprano

Langley, BC
Perón’s Mistress Understudy / Chorus / Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program Participant

Last VO Appearance:
Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances:
Lucinda in Dark Sisters with Vancouver Opera
Countess Ceprano / Page / Gilda Understudy in Rigoletto
The Four Note Opera with Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program
Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Vivave!
Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with UBC Opera
Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore with Opera NUOVA

Upcoming Engagements:
Violetta Valery in La traviata with Jeunesses Musicales, Montréal

Aaron Hastelow

Aaron Hastelow
Tenor

Charlottetown, PEI
Ensemble

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Appearances with The Shaw Festival, The Charlottetown Festival, Theatre Calgary and Neptune Theatre
Roger in Rent with Theatre Sheridan/Panasonic Theatre

Upcoming Engagements:
Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables with The Charlottetown Festival
Mamma Mia with The Charlottetown Festival

Robyn Wong

Robyn Wong
Mezzo-soprano

Vancouver, BC
Ensemble

Last VO Appearance:
Dancer in Tea: A Mirror of Soul

Recent Appearances:
Ensemble in A Christmas Story: the Musical with The Arts Club Theatre Company
Consuelo / Anita Cover in West Side Story with Vancouver Opera
Dancer in Eugene Onegin with Vancouver Opera
Gigi in Miss Saigon with The Arts Club Theatre Company and Rainbow Stage
Velma in Chicago with Rainbow Stage
Mamma Mia! with Mirvish Productions
Cats with Stella Productions, Germany
Chicago feature film (Miramax)

Alan Macdonald*

Alan Macdonald
Baritone

Halifax, NS
Chorus / Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program Participant

Last VO Appearance:
Imperial Commissioner / Prince Yamadori / Sharpless Understudy in Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances:
Sweeney Todd with Vancouver Opera
Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) with Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra
Janitor / Chris / Jeff / Dick in Stickboy with Vancouver Opera
Figaro in The Barber of Barkerville with Vancouver Opera In Schools
Jesus in St. Matthew Passion (Bach) with Vancouver Bach Choir

Upcoming Engagements:
Gervasio / Chichibio / Allazim in The Lost Operas of Mozart with City Opera Vancouver

 

 

Chorus

Brenda Glass Alexander Willy Miles Grenzberg Frédérik Robert
Kevin Armstrong Adam Kozak Julia Rooney
Angus Bell Melanie Krueger Dionne Sellinger
Spencer Britten Kwangmin Brian Lee Diane Speirs
DJ Calhoun Heather Molloy Barbara Towell
Sheila Christie Megan Morrison Karen Ydenberg
Glenn de Verteuil Wade Nott Katherine Landry Yacht
Ian Funk Heather Pawsey  

 

* Member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program

 

EVITA is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals and Two Knights Rights Limited. www.rnh.com.