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Need to reach the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre? Call 604-683-0222
or visit us in person at 1945 McLean Drive.

Ticket Centre hours are
Mon-Thurs from 9am to 5pm
(Closed 12:30pm to 1pm)
Fri from 9am to 5pm


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Vancouver Opera Festival 2018

Running from April 28 to May 6, the second annual Vancouver Opera Festival celebrates Russian composers.

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2018-2019 Season and Festival

Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, Charles Gounod’s Faust, and Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola

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VO Orchestra

Vancouver Opera is fortunate to have one of only two professional opera orchestras in Canada. The Vancouver Opera Orchestra was established in 1977, replacing an orchestra made up of members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Comprised of the region’s leading freelance players, the VO Orchestra has developed into a fine ensemble that has taken the specialized and demanding art of pit performance to a very high level. Several of the current roster of musicians were in the pit for the orchestra’s inaugural performances, in 1977, of Massenet’s Le Roi de Lahore, starring Joan Sutherland and conducted by founding Music Director Richard Bonynge. There have since been two music directors: David Agler (1992-1999) and Jonathan Darlington (2002 to the present).

Vancouver Opera Orchestra - 2016 - 2017 Season

Jonathan Darlington, Music Director


Mark Ferris, Concertmaster
Angela Cavadas, Associate Concertmaster
Patricia Armstrong, Principal 2nd violin
Andrea Siradze, Assistant Principal 2nd
Carolyn Canfield Cole
Evelyn Creaser-Rumley
Rick Dorfer
Ellen Farrugia
Lawrie Hill
Domagoj Ivanovic
Yun Jung
Peter Krysa
Ken Lin
Toni Stanick
Adrianne Stride
Heilwig von Koenigsloew
Paula Wise
Colleen Venables
Vacant, Section Violin

Extra Players 
Sandra Fiddes
Sarah Westwick


Tawnya Popoff, Principal
Marcus Takizawa, Assistant Principal
Marie-Claude Brunet
Reg Quiring
Isabelle Roland
Mila Tymoshenko

Extra Players 
Barbara Irschick
Colin Miles


Rebecca Wenham, Principal
Heather Hay, Assistant Principal
Harold Birston
Peggy Lee
Susan Round

Extra Players 
Dianne Berthelsdorf
Peter Caton


Les Kasprzak, Principal
Brian Arkell, Assistant Principal
Chris Light
Meaghan Williams

Extra Players
Laurence Mollerup
Wiktor Lebeda
David Brown
Wilmer Fawcett


Brenda Fedoruk, Principal
Anne-Elise Keefer

Extra Players
Laura Vanek
Paolo Bortolussi

Oboe/Cor Anglais

David Owen, Principal
Erin Marks

Extra Players
Emma Ringrose

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet

Mary Backun, Principal
Erin Fung

Extra Players
Michelle Anderson
François Houle
AK Coope


Ingrid Chiang, Principal
Allan Thorpe

Extra Players 
Isaac Bull
Julia Lockhart
Elizabeth Mee
Carrie To


Laurel Spencer, Principal
Nick Anderson
Heather Walker
Steve Denroche

Extra Players 
Dawn Haylett
Andrew Clark


Tom Shorthouse, Principal
Jim Littleford

Extra Players
Henry Christian
Christopher Robertson
Robin Shier


Jeremy Berkman, Principal
Jim Tranquilla
Sharman King, Bass Trombone



David Sabourin, Principal



Heidi Krutzen, Principal (on leave)

Extra Players
Janelle Nadeau


Phillip Crewe, Principal



Graeme Tofflemire, Principal

Extra Players
Graham Boyle
Lauri Lyster
Leonard Pearson
Robin Reid


Tina Chang



Edward Henderson, Principal

Orchestra Manager

Jim Littleford


Orchestra & Preparatory Librarian

Tom Shorthouse


Orchestra Stage Manager

Jim Tranquilla