ROMÉO ET JULIETTE

Charles Gounod
French opera at its most romantic

OPENS NOVEMBER 26TH! ► Gounod’s gorgeous version of Shakespeare’s tragic story is graceful, dramatic, and supremely melodic. Famous for its deeply emotional love duets, its exquisite orchestral colours and its heart-stirring choruses, Roméo et Juliette beautifully portrays the most iconic elements of the play – the passionate balcony scene, Mercutio’s “Queen Mab” speech, the disastrous duel, and the sublimely spiritual final scene.


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ON STAGE FOR 4 PERFORMANCES ONLY

Saturday November 26, 2011 7:30pm
Tuesday November 29, 2011 7:30pm
Thursday December 1, 2011 7:30pm
Saturday December 3, 2011 7:30pm

All performances are at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

 

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Conducted by JACQUES LACOMBE


JACQUES LACOMBE
CONDUCTOR

Cap-de-la-Madeleine, QC

Last VO Appearance:
La Traviata, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Le Cid with the Opera of Marseille starring Roberto Alagna and Béatrice Uria-Monzon
Luna’s Introspeccin (world premiere), Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 with Ingmar Schwindt and Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga
Roméo et Juliette with Opera Company of Philadelphia
Ariadne auf Naxos with Deutsche Opera Berlin

Upcoming Engagements:
Carnegie Hall debut with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Spring for Music Festival
Un Ballo in Maschera with Deutsche Opera Berlin

Mr. Lacombe is the Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of L’Orchestre Symphonique de Trois- Rivières.

Mr. Lacombe’s appearance is supported by a gift from George & Janice Burke.

More about Jacques Lacombe.

Directed by ALLISON GRANT


ALLISON GRANT
DIRECTOR

Toronto, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Choreographer, Eugene Onegin, 2008

Recent Appearances:
Director, L’italiana in Algeri with L’Opéra de Montréal
Director, Così fan tutte with Vancouver Opera
Director / Choreographer, Don Giovanni and Carmen with Opera Ontario
Choreographer, The Merry Widow in Edmonton, Hawaii and Hamilton
Director of a recent workshop of Corey Payette’s New Musical with Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company
Director, Master Class, Private Lives and Bach at Leipzig with Theatre Athena

Upcoming Engagements:
Director, Lucia di Lammermoor with Sarasota Opera
Director, The Auction with Westben Arts Festival

Ms. Grant’s appearance is supported by a gift from Ms. Gloria
Beauchamp.

More about Allison Grant

Roméo GORDON GIETZ


GORDON GIETZ
ROMÉO
TENOR
Calgary, AB

Last VO Appearance:
Stefan Buryja in Jenůfa, 1996

Recent Appearances:
Chevalier in Dialogues des Carmélites with La Scala
Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with La Scala and
Glyndebourne
Hoffmann in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Opéra de Marseille
Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with L’Opéra National de Paris
Nose in The Nose with The Metropolitan Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Don Jose in Carmen with De Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp
Marquis in The Gambler with De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam

Mr. Gietz’s appearance is supported by a gift from Mrs. Irene McEwen.
 

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Juliette SIMONE OSBORNE


SIMONE OSBORNE
JULIETTE
SOPRANO
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Gilda in Rigoletto with Canadian Opera Company
Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Canadian Opera Company
Ilia in Idomeneo with Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio
Laeticia in The Old Maid and the Thief with Wexford Opera Festival

Upcoming Engagements:
Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Toronto Symphony
Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Canadian Opera Company

Ms. Osborne’s appearance is supported by a gift from Yoshiko
Karasawa.

More about Simone Osborne.

Frere Laurent PETER VOLPE


PETER VOLPE
FRÈ
RE LAURENT
BASS
Little Falls, NY

Last VO Appearance:
Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, 2008

Recent Appearances:
Timur in Turandot with Florentine Opera and New Orleans Opera
Deguiche in Cyrano (world premiere) with Florida Grand Opera
Angelotti in Tosca, Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata and Idraote in Armida with The Metropolitan Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Austin Lyric Opera
Ramfis in Aïda with Arizona Opera

Mr. Volpe’s appearance is supported by a gift from Mr. Allen & Mrs. Ruth Fowlis.

More about Peter Volpe

 

Mercutio AARON ST.CLAIR NICHOLSON


AARON ST.CLAIR NICHOLSON
MERCUTIO

BARITONE
Abbotsford, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Scotty / Brooklyn Boy in Lillian Alling, 2010

Recent Appearances:
Silvio in I Pagliacci with Edmonton Opera
Ping in Turandot with Opera Lyra Ottawa
Le Bret in Cyrano de Bergerac with Florida Grand Opera
Chou en Lai (cover) in Nixon in China with Metropolitan Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Pooh Bah in The Mikado with Virginia Opera
Stage Director, Così fan tutte with Opera Coeur d’Alene

Mr. Nicholson’s appearance is supported by a gift from Yuri Fulmer.

More about Aaron St.Clair Nicholson

Stéphano JULIE BOULIANNE


JULIE BOULIANNE
STÉPHANO

MEZZO-SOPRANO
Dolbeau-Mistassini, PQ

Last VO Appearance:
Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, 2010

Recent Appearances:
Soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Béatrice in Béatrice et Bénédict with Opera Boston
Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with L’Opéra de Montréal
Fragoletto in Les Brigands with L’Opéra-comique de Paris
Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette with Metropolitan Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Falla’s El Amor Brujo with Ensemble Intrumental Appassionata and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Respighi’s Il Tramonto with I Musici de Montréal
Solo Recital with Canadian Voices at Glenn Gould Studio

Ms. Boulianne’s appearance is supported by a gift from Bruno Wall & Jane Macdonald.

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Capulet JOHN AVEY


JOHN AVEY
CAPULET
BARITONE
Norwich, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Germont in La Traviata, 2003

Recent Appearances:
Scarpia in Tosca with Pacific Opera Victoria
Rigoletto in Rigoletto with Pacific Opera Victoria
Der Kaiser in Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Edmonton Opera
Salieri in Mozart and Salieri with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Upcoming Engagements:
The Mikado in The Mikado with Edmonton Opera
Bass Soloist in Saint-Saens’ Requiem with London Fanshaw Orchestra and Chorus

Mr. Avey’s appearance is supported by a gift from an anonymous donor.

More about John Avey

Tybalt ANTOINE BELANGER


ANTOINE BELANGER
TYBALT
TENOR
Montréal, QC

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Rodolpho in La bohème with L’Opéra de Montréal and Opéra Éclaté
Alfredo in La Traviata with Saskatoon Opera
Rinuccio in Gianni Schicci with L’Opéra de Montréal

Upcoming Engagements:
Rodolpho in La bohème with Calgary Opera
Faust in Faust with L’Opéra de Montréal

Mr. Bélanger’s appearance is supportedby a gift from Wayne Wiens, in memory of Andrea Pinto Lebowitz.
 

Paris DJ CALHOUN


DJ CALHOUN
PARIS
Calgary, AB

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Seuilly in Les Misérables with The Arts Club Theatre Company
Danilo in The Merry Widow, Falke in Die Fledermaus and Marcello in La bohème with UBC Opera Ensemble

Upcoming Engagements:
Chorus in The Barber of Seville & Aïda with Vancouver Opera
Performances in Coquitlam, Florence and Bandon Oregon, Cody, Wyoming and Aurora, Illinois with Il Voce

More about DJ Calhoun

 

Gertrude BRENDA GLASS ALEXANDER


BRENDA GLASS ALEXANDER
GERTRUDE

MEZZO-SOPRANO
Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Aunt in Jenůfa, 1996

Recent Appearances:
Ms. Glass Alexander has been a member of the Vancouver Opera Chorus since 1989 and has performed in 71 Mainstage productions.

Upcoming Engagements:
Chorus in Aïda with Vancouver Opera
 

Gregorio IAN FUNK


IAN FUNK
GREGORIO
BARITONE
Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Flora’s Servant in La Traviata, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Karl’s Friend in Lillian Alling with Vancouver Opera
Voltaire in Candide with Toronto Operetta Theatre

Upcoming Engagements:
Chorus, The Barber of Seville & Aïda with Vancouver Opera
 

Benvolio ERIC OLSEN


ERIC OLSEN
BENVOLIO
TENOR
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Idomeneo in Idomeneo with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre
Ismaele in Nabucco with Coro Verdi
Don Jose in Carmen with Vancouver Concert Opera
Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Bel Cantanti Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera with Coro Verdi
 

Le Duc CHAD LOUWERSE


CHAD LOUWERSE
LE DUC
BASS-BARITONE
London, Ontario

Last VO Appearance:
First Nazarene in Salome, 2009

Recent Appearances:
Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Pacific Opera Victoria
Der Vampyr with Lanaudiere Festival
Trulove in The Rake’s Progress with Pacific Opera Victoria

Upcoming Engagements:
Förklädd gud with International Choral Kathaumixw
Deutches Requiem with Capriccio Vocal Ensemble

Mr. Louwerse’s appearance is supported by a gift from Dr. Virginia Evans.

More about Chad Louwerse

Chorus Director / Associate Conductor LESLIE DALA


LESLIE DALA
ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR / CHORUS DIRECTOR
Toronto, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Conductor, West Side Story, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Lillian Alling with Banff Summer Festival
Albert Herring with UBC Opera Ensemble
La Damnation de Faust with Vancouver Bach Choir and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Opening Night Gala with Sarah McLachlan and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with MusicFest Vancouver

Upcoming Engagements:
Die Schöpfung (The Creation), Les Noces and Catulli Carmina with Vancouver Bach Choir
The Nutcracker with Goh Ballet and Vancouver Opera Orchestra

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 Dr. Earl & Mrs. Anne Shepherd.

More about Leslie Dala

 

Fight Choreographer NICHOLAS HARRISON


NICHOLAS HARRISON
FIGHT DIRECTOR
Tsawwassen, BC

Last VO Appearance: Lillian Alling, 2010

Recent Appearances:
Richard III with Bard on the Beach
Stunts, Psych television series
Fight Director, Mary’s Wedding with Pacific Opera Victoria

Upcoming Engagements:
Fight Director, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth and King John with Bard on the Beach

Mr. Harrison is a member of the Fight Directors of Canada.
 

Lighting Designer GERALD KING


GERALD KING
LIGHTING DESIGNER
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Last VO Appearance: La Clemenza di Tito, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Vanessa with Pacific Opera Victoria
Merchant of Venice and As You Like It with Bard on the Beach
Death of A Salesman and The Fantasticks with Vancouver Playhouse
Madama Butterfly with Opera Omaha

Upcoming Engagements:
La Cage aux Folles with Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Carmen with Pacific Opera Victoria
Cats with Theatre Calgary

Mr. King is a member of The Associated Designers of Canada.
 

Assistant Chorus Director / Principal Répétiteur KINZA TYRRELL


KINZA TYRRELL
ASSISTANT CHORUS DIRECTOR / PRINCIPAL RÉPÉTITEUR
Victoria, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Assistant Conductor / Principal Répétiteur, West Side Story,2011

Recent Appearances:
Assistant Conductor, Lillian Alling with The Banff Centre
BC Recital Tour with Richard Margison
Principal Répétiteur, Vancouver Opera 2007 – present
Music Staff, Canadian Opera Company 2003 – present

Upcoming Engagements:
L’amour de loin with Canadian Opera Company
Les Noces with Vancouver Bach Choir

Dr. Tyrrell is the Music Director of VOIS, Répétiteur /Assistant Conductor at Opera Nuova, COSI Opera Program, The Banff Centre and Vancouver Summer Opera Studio.
 


 

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