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2017-2018 Season and Festival

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

2017/2018 Season And Festival

Vancouver Opera announces its 2017-2018 Season and 2nd Annual Vancouver Opera Festival

Featuring an entire year of operas opening with Puccini’s last and greatest opera, Turandot, and concluding with the 2018 Vancouver Opera Festival with the much anticipated Vancouver premiere of The Overcoat - a musical tailoring.

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by Giacomo Puccini
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM projected above the stage
Evening performances 7:30pm. Matinée performance 2:00pm 

Turandot: Amber Wagner
Calaf: Marcelo Puente
Liù: Marianne Fiset
Timur: Alain Coulombe

Friday, October 13, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017 • matinée
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017 

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.

L'Elisir d'Amore 
by Gaetano Donizetti 
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM projected above the stage
Evening performances 7:30pm. Matinée performance 2:00pm 

Adina: Ying Fang
Nemorino: Andrew Haji

Sunday, January 21, 2018 • matinee
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018 

About L'Elisir d'amore 
L’Elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) is without a doubt one of the most performed of all Donizetti’s operas – but has not been seen at Vancouver Opera since 1999. It is a dreamy marriage of a stirring love story and hilarious comedy with music that moves the soul, including the much-loved aria ’Una furtiva lagrima’. L’elisir d’amore premiered in 1832 in Milan. To call it a success would be an understatement; it secured Donizetti’s place as one of the leading Italian opera composers of his day. Vancouver Opera is thrilled to present this opera in two acts with a libretto by Felice Romani.

Eugene Onegin  
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sung in Russian with English SURTITLESTM projected above the stage
Evening performances 7:30pm. Matinée performance 2:00pm. 

Onegin: Konstantin Shushakov
Tatiana: Svetlana Aksenova
Lensky: Maxim Aksenov

Sunday, April  29, 2018 • matinee
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018

About Eugene Onegin 
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is Russian Lyric Opera at its finest – based on the plot of Pushkin’s verse novel, Eugene Onegin features an emotional tale packed with breathtaking music, choreography, and a duel that will render the audience speechless. Tchaikovsky, as always, brings many symphonic elements to Eugene Onegin including lavish orchestrations and stunning arias in what he described as “seven lyrical scenes”. 

The Overcoat - a musical tailoring
by Morris Panych
Vancouver Playhouse
Music by James Rolfe
Vancouver Playhouse
Sung in English with English SURTITLESTM projected above the stage
Evening performances 7:30pm. Matinée performance 2:00pm. 

Akakiy: Geoffrey Sirett
Petrovich: Peter McGillivray

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 • matinee
Friday, May 4, 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018 • matinee
Sunday, May 6, 2018 • matinee
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
Saturday, May 12, 2018

About The Overcoat - a musical tailoring
A much anticipated co-production with Toronto’s Canadian Stage Company and Tapestry Opera, The Overcoat - a musical tailoring is an operatic reinterpretation Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling's 1998 smash-hit play, The Overcoat . With a libretto from Morris Panych and music composed by Canadian Composer, James Rolfe, this production reunites the original creative team. Morris Panych is the director, with choreography by Wendy Gorling, set design by Ken MacDonald. costume design by Nancy Bryant, and lighting design by Alan Brodie.

This extremely important work, addresses the universal human need for compassion and our unfortunate tendency to deny it. The Overcoat - a musical tailoring is so much more than the story of an office worker whose life is turned upside down when he’s robbed of his new overcoat. “Panych and Gorling... have delivered a work that grows richer on each subsequent viewing, a creation that combines laughter with pathos and exhilaration with despair.” – Toronto Star (on 2007’s The Overcoat). The work will debut at the Bluma Appel Theatre in March 2017 before coming to the Vancouver Playhouse - where the original creation premiered 20 years ago. 

Education & Community Outreach Headlining Production: 
Requiem for a Lost Girl 

Music by Marcel Bergmann
Evening performances 7:30pm. Matinée performances 2:00pm. 

Date & Location TBA 

About Requiem for a Lost Girl 
Written and directed by Onalea Gilbertson, Requiem for a Lost Girl explores themes of poverty, mental illness and addiction, this strikingly original chamber musical unfolds as a memorial service for a young woman. Requiem was created and is performed in partnership with a chorus of men, women and children who know the experience of homelessness – a raw, gorgeous and heart-altering blend of true stories and the theatrical that gives voice to the streets of North America. 

VO’s 2017-2018 Season and Festival is generously sponsored by Goldcorp.