A Festival Welcome from Vancouver Opera’s General Director Kim Gaynor
Welcome to the 3rd annual Vancouver Opera Festival! Our Festival has evolved to be an inclusive event showcasing the finest work of Vancouver Opera as well as that of many of our community partners. Through this annual event we hope to make opera more accessible by breaking down barriers and invite everyone to take part in the celebration. And this year we have chosen the theme of “Fairy Tales & Fables”, because it speaks to people of all ages and all cultures.
On the mainstage I am particularly pleased to present a major work from the French repertoire; Gounod’s Faust. The Faustian fable is one of the most durable in Western folklore and can be found in literature, as well as dance, music, sculpture and painting. The story of Cinderella is another enduring tale and that makes Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola perfect for younger audiences as the story is universally known. Even though there is no fairy-godmother, no pumpkin and no glass slipper, there is a lot of magic in Rossini’s music for all to enjoy.
I am also honoured to include the world premiere of Brian Current’s The River of Light in co-production with the Vancouver Bach Choir. Brian is one of Canada’s outstanding composers, and this large-scale oratorio for chorus, soloists and orchestra is a moving tribute to transcendence as described by writers from various religious and cultural traditions.
There is lots more to enjoy! On April 28th our Party on the Plaza invites
audiences of all ages to a day of free community stage performances, workshops and activities. There will be a sneak preview of our new opera for young audiences, The Flight of the Hummingbird. The Chamber Music Series returns with an original series of five short chamber music concerts. And we have curated an ArtWalk for festivalgoers to enjoy throughout the Festival.
All of this activity is possible thanks to our Festival sponsor, BMO, as well as all of our other sponsors, partners and individual donors who support us throughout the year, without forgetting our wonderful public partners; the Canada Council for the Arts, Department of Canadian Heritage, the British Columbia Arts Council and Province of British Columbia, City of Vancouver Cultural Services, and Vancouver Civic Theatres.
Enjoy the Festival!