Community Engagement Events – Vancouver Opera

Community Engagement Events

Community Engagement Events

Requiem for a Lost Girl
a chamber musical about homelessness

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May 4 at 7:30pm
May 6 at 2:00pm

May 4 at 7:30pm
May 6 at 2:00pm
Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Composer and conductor: Marcel Bergmann
​Writer and director: Onalea Gilbertson

With writing and additional music by The Kettle Choir and Writers Guild

Presented in partnership with The Kettle Society and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs

About Requiem for a Lost Girl: a chamber musical about homelessness
Exploring themes of homelessness, poverty, mental illness, addiction and the plight of missing and murdered women – this strikingly original chamber work  unfolds as a memorial service for a young woman lost to the street.

Requiem for a Lost Girl is created and performed in partnership with a chorus of people who know the experience of homelessness—a raw, gorgeous and heart-altering blend of true stories and the theatrical that amplifies voices and shines light on the streets of North America.

At the heart of Requiem for a Lost Girl are people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who have experienced homelessness in the past.  Based on the mandate of the script, VO Teaching Artists—including composer and conductor Lesley Sutherland, writer Alexis Maledy, and assistant director Jeff Gladstone—have created a vibrant arts-based program for Kettle participants to support their full participation in the final production as writers and performers. Weekly choral rehearsals along with song writing and personal story telling have brought forward music and monologues that explore love, loss, and the essential humanity of all people.

Featuring members of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus, and the Kettle Choir and Writers Guild.

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Opera Speaks: Creating collaborative work alongside marginalized communities

April 29 at 10:00am
SFU Woodward’s

This workshop, featuring the artistic team behind Requiem For A Lost Girl, explores the challenges and successes of collaborative art making.


Opera Speaks: Creating opportunities for women in opera

May 2 at 5:00pm
The Post at 750

This panel of industry experts will lead a conversation about what needs to change to raise the profile of female artists.


Opera Speaks: What role do the arts play in addressing homelessness

May 2 at 7:00pm
SFU Woodward’s

Billy Guinness and Rhoda Rosen (Red Line Services, Chicago IL) are the keynote speakers in this community forum about the impact of the arts on those experiencing homelessness.


Elements: An Arts Umbrella exhibition

April 29 – May 12
Vancouver Playhouse

An exhibition of visual art from senior students in the Arts Umbrella Advanced Visual Arts classes.