THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Gioachino Rossini
The greatest comic opera of them all

OPENS MARCH 17TH, 2012! ► An abundance of fun, and filled with effervescent melodies and inventive orchestrations, The Barber of Seville is absurd, touching, witty, hilarious and irresistible. VO’s inventive new production sets the action on a movie backlot in Seville in the 1940s. Rosina is the starlet, Bartolo is the studio owner (and Rosina’s slimy agent), Almaviva is a star-struck nobleman, and Figaro is the studio hairstylist with a flair for finagling and tomfoolery!

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Tickets available NOW exclusively through the VO Ticket Centre.

FAMILY PACKS
Family Packs are also available for the March 25th matinee: with the purchase of two regular-priced adult tickets, additional tickets for children aged 18 and under can be purchased for $35 each. Contact the VO Ticket Centre for more information.

PARKING ADVISORY
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Parking for VO patrons will be available at the BC Hydro lot for all performances of Barber of Seville. The lot opens at 6:00pm for evening performances. For the Sunday, March 25 matinee, the lot will open at 12:00pm.

There are 300 parking stalls under the BC Hydro Building, just 1 block from the theatre complex. The lot is located at the corner of Homer and Dunsmuir Streets (enter from Homer Street). Parking costs $10.00. Be sure to identify yourself as a VO patron.
 

ON STAGE FOR 5 PERFORMANCES ONLY

Saturday March 17, 2012 7:30pm
Tuesday March 20, 2012 7:30pm
Thursday March 22, 2012 7:30pm
Saturday March 24, 2012 7:30pm
Sunday March 25, 2012 • Matinee 1:30pm

All performances are at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 50 minutes, including one intermission.
 

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Conducted by ROBERT TWETEN

ROBERT TWETEN
CONDUCTOR

Victoria, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Conductor, Tosca, 2007

Recent Appearances:
Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci with Calgary Opera
Rigoletto and Falstaff with Utah Opera
Tosca with Edmonton Opera
Die Zauberflöte with Sarasota Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Fidelio with Edmonton Opera
Otello with Calgary Opera

Mr. Tweten is the Head of Music for The Santa Fe Opera.

Mr. Tweten’s appearance is supported by a gift from Mary Tait & Bill Sirett.

More about Robert Tweten.

Directed by DENNIS GARNHUM

DENNIS GARNHUM
DIRECTOR

London, ON

VANCOUVER OPERA DEBUT



Recent Appearances:
Carmen with Pacific Opera Victoria
Much Ado About Nothing with Theatre Calgary
Beyond Eden with Theatre Calgary and Vancouver Playhouse
La Traviata with Pacific Opera Victoria

Upcoming Engagements:
Pride and Prejudice with National Arts Centre and Theatre Calgary
Member of the 2012 Governor General Leadership Conference

Mr.Garnhum is the Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary.


Mr.Garnhum's appearance is supported by a gift from Bruce Munro Wright.

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Figaro JOSHUA HOPKINS

JOSHUA HOPKINS
FIGARO

BARITONE
Pembroke, ON


VANCOUVER OPERA DÉBUT

Recent Appearances:
Junius in The Rape of Lucretia with Houston Grand Opera
Argante in Rinaldo with Glyndebourne Touring Opera
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with The Santa Fe Opera
Ping in Turandot with The Metropolitan Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Marcello in La bohème with Houston Grand Opera
Lord Guglielmo Cecil in Maria Stuarda with The Metropolitan Opera
 

Mr. Hopkins’s appearance is supported by a gift from Tony & Reet Kana.
 

More about Joshua Hopkins

Rosina SANDRA PIQUES EDDY

SANDRA PIQUES EDDY
ROSINA

MEZZO-SOPRANO
Cambridge, MA

Last VO Appearance:
Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri, 2008

Recent Appearances:
Carmen with Opera North (UK), Lyric Opera of Kansas City & Emerald City Opera
Idamante in Idomeneo with Boston Lyric Opera
Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri with Austin Lyric Opera and Boston Midsummer Opera
Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel with Portland Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Portland Opera
 

Ms. Eddy’s appearance is supported by a gift from an anonymous donor.

More about Sandra Piques Eddy

Almaviva RENÉ BARBERA

RENÉ BARBERA
ALMAVIVA

TENOR
San Antonio, TX

VANCOUVER OPERA DEBUT

Recent Appearances:
Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) with San Antonio Symphony
Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Lyric Opera of Chicago
Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Lyric Opera of Chicago
Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment with Opera Theater of St. Louis

Upcoming Engagements:
Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Lyric Opera of Chicago
Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Seattle Opera

Mr. Barbera’s appearance is supported by a gift from Drs. Alastair & Jean Carruthers.

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Bartolo THOMAS HAMMONS

THOMAS HAMMONS
BARTOLO

BASS-BARITONE
Cincinnati, OH

Last VO Appearance:
Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China, 2010

Recent Appearances:
Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Colorado
Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China with The Canadian Opera Company
Benoit / Alcindoro in La bohème with The Santa Fe Opera
Maharajah in The Last Savage with The Santa Fe Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Doctor Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Michigan Opera Theater
Simone in Gianni Schicchi with Cincinnati Opera
 

Mr. Hammons’s appearance is supported by a gift from Ms. Regina Boxer.

More about Thomas Hammons

Basilio THOMAS GOERZ

THOMAS GOERZ
BASILIO

BASS-BARITONE
Kitchener, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Sulpice (cover) in La fille du Regiment and Lord Krishna (cover) in Satyagraha with The Metropolitan Opera
Pooh Bah in The Mikado with Edmonton Opera
Don Alfonso (cover) in Così fan tutte with The Metropolitan Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Rocco in Fidelio with Edmonton Opera
Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking with L'Opèra de Montréal
 

Mr. Goerz’s appearance is supported by a gift from Drs. G & M. Carlson.

More about Thomas Goerz

Berta BARBARA TOWELL

BARBARA TOWELL
Berta

MEZZO-SOPRANO
Thunder Bay, ON Berta

Last VO Appearance:
Flora in La Traviata, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Soloist, Les Noces with Vancouver Bach Choir
COSI Independent Study Program for Professional Singers, Italy
Soloist, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers with Vancouver Bach Choir
Page in Salome and Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Chorus in Aïda with Vancouver Opera
 

Ms. Towell’s appearance is supported by a gift from Robin & Parviz Cordwell.

More about Barbara Towell

Ambrogio ANGUS BELL


ANGUS BELL
Ambrogio

BASS-BARITONE
Bankstown, Australia

Last VO Appearance:
Fifth Jew in Salome, 2009

Recent Appearances:
Mozart's Requiem with Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Vancouver Island Opera
Dr. Grenville in La Traviata with Vancouver Opera
Dr. Dulcamarra in L’Elisir d’Amore with Burnaby Lyric Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Betto in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Klass
Brahms's Requiem with The St. Andrew’s-Wesley SummerChor

Fiorello MICHAEL NYBY

MICHAEL NYBY
Fiorello

BARITONE

Hamilton, ON
Fiorello

Last VO Appearance:
Morales in Carmen, 2009

Recent Appearances:
William Dale in Silent Night with Minnesota Opera
Leuthold in Guillaume Tell with Caramoor Opera
Marchese d'Obigny in La Traviata with Minnesota Opera
Cecil in Maria Stuarda with Minnesota Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Ottokar in Der Freischütz with Opera Atelier
 

Mr. Nyby’s appearance is supported by a gift from Dr. Heather Clarke.

More about Michael Nyby

Sergeant WILLY MILES-GRENZBERG

WILLY MILES-GRENZBERG
BARITONE


St. Catharines, ON
Sergeant

Last VO Appearance:
Messenger in La Traviata, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Les Noces with Vancouver Bach Choir
Don Giovanni with Burnaby Lyric Opera
Escamillo in Carmen with Vancouver Island Opera
Germont in La Traviata with Vancouver Island Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Lalo in The Fallujah Project with City Opera Vancouver
Marco in Gianni Schicchi with The Opera Project

Chorus Director / Associate Conductor LESLIE DALA

LESLIE DALA
Chorus Director / Associate Conductor


Toronto, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Conductor, West Side Story, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Les Noces and Catulli Carmina with Vancouver Bach Choir
The Nutcracker with Goh Ballet and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra
Lillian Alling with The Banff Centre
Albert Herring with UBC Opera Ensemble

Upcoming Engagements:
Die Schöpfung (The Creation) with Vancouver Bach Choir
La bohème and The Magic Flute with Vancouver Opera


Mr. Dala is the Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Music Director of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony.

Mr. Dala’s appearance is supported by a gift from Mrs. Stephanie Chung & Dr. Peter Chung.

More about Leslie Dala

Set Designer ALLAN STICHBURY

ALLAN STICHBURY
Set Designer


Victoria, BC

VANCOUVER OPERA DEBUT

Recent Appearances:
The Flying Dutchman with Pacific Opera Victoria
The Rake’s Progress with Pacific Opera Victoria
The Wars with Vancouver Playhouse and Theatre Calgary
The Miracle Worker with Vancouver Playhouse
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest with Theatre Calgary and Manitoba Theatre Centre
Communion with Alberta Theatre Projects

Mr. Stichbury is Professor of Design at the University of Victoria and is a member of The Associated Designers of Canada.

Lighting Designer KEVIN LAMOTTE

KEVIN LAMOTTE
Lighting Designer


Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON


Last VO Appearance:
The Barber of Seville, 1991

Recent Appearances:
The Flying Dutchman with Pacific Opera Victoria
Enron, A Christmas Carol, To Kill a Mockingbird with Theatre Calgary
Heartbreak House, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, When the Rain Stops Falling, Top dog/Underdog with Shaw Festival
Uncle Vanya with Vigszenhaz Budapest

Upcoming Engagements:
His Girl Friday, Present Laughter, Hedda Gabbler with Shaw Festival
Endgame, The Royal Comedians
with Soulpepper Theatre


Mr. Lamotte is the Director of Lighting Design for the Shaw Festival and is a member of The Associated Designers of Canada.

Costume Designer PARVIN MIRHADY

PARVIN MIRHADY
Costume Designer


Tehran, Iran

Last VO Appearance:
Costume Designer, Nixon in China, 2010

Recent Projects:
Costume Designer for Vancouver Opera’s Principal Singers 2005– 2011
Designer, Owner/Operator of Puffin
Costume Construction in BC Film Industry


Ms. Mirhady is the Head of the Vancouver Opera Costume Shop.
 

Assistant Director ASHLIE CORCORAN

ASHLIE CORCORAN
Assistant Director

White Rock, BC

VANCOUVER OPERA DEBUT

Recent Appearances:
Assistant Director, Tosca with The Canadian Opera Company
Assistant Director, Fidelio with Opera North
Director, The Ugly One with Theatre Smash
Director, Isis & The Seven Scorpions with The Canadian Opera Company

Upcoming Engagements:
Director, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Western Canada Theatre
Director, Die Fledermaus with Cowtown Opera Company

Ms. Corcoran co-founded Theatre Smash and is the incoming Artistic Director at Thousand Islands Playhouse.


More about Ashlie Corcoran

Stage Manager SHEILA MUNN

SHEILA MUNN
STAGE MANAGER

Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Roméo et Juliette, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Albert Herring with UBC Opera Ensemble
La Traviata, La Clemenza di Tito, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lillian Alling, Madama Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, Nixon in China, Norma, Salome, Rigoletto, Carmen, Eugene Onegin, La Bohème, Fidelio, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci, Tosca, Ariadne auf Naxos, The Magic Flute and Macbeth with Vancouver Opera.
L’Orfeo and L’Incoronazione di Poppea with Festival Vancouver

Upcoming Engagements:
Aïda with Vancouver Opera


Ms. Munn is pleased to be joined by Assistant Stage Managers Theresa Tsang and Beth Grieve.


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Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1

 

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