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2017-2018 Season and Festival

An entire year of operas featuring TurandotL'elisir d'amore, Eugene Onegin, and The Overcoat - a musicial tailoring.

2015-2016 Season


Lyrics by Tim Rice | Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Company premiere! New production!

April 30, May 1(matinee), May 5, 6, 7, 8(matinee), 2016
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Evening performances 7:30pm. Matinée performances 2:00pm.

In English with English SURTITLES™ projected above the stage

Compelling. Universal. Legendary.

Winner of 7 Tony Awards™ including Best Musical, Evita is the story of the charismatic and controversial Eva Perón, whose beauty and ambition vaulted her from poverty to power as the First Lady of Argentina.

Set in the politically turbulent 1930s and 1940s, Evita follows Eva’s remarkable journey from small-town slums to the tango clubs of Buenos Aires, through a career in B movies, and to the presidential palace on the arm of her new husband, General Juan Perón. Fearlessly aggressive in defending the rights of workers and the poor, Eva attracted the wrath of the aristocracy and the universal love of the people. Her legend lives on, decades after her death in 1952 at age 33, even as her role in Argentina’s history is revealed with increasing clarity as time goes on.

We are proud to present a full-scale production of this modern classic of musical theatre. Lloyd Webber artfully drew on choral forms, Latinate rhythms and contemporary ballads to create a compelling work. “No composer since Puccini has managed to write tunes that adhere so insistently to the memory,” said The New York Times.

Directed by Kelly Robinson | Find out more


New in 2015-2016: VO joins forces with UBC Opera

Be first in line for UBC Opera’s June 2016 show

As a 2015-2016 VO subscriber you’ll get early access and best prices for UBC Opera’s June 2016 production, presented in collaboration with Vancouver Opera and featuring the VO Orchestra. Hear tomorrow’s stars before they become household names!

The production title will be announced in the spring. Tickets will be available in summer 2015.



Rigoletto - NOW CLOSED

by Giuseppe Verdi

September 26, October 1, 3, 4(matinée), 2015

Evening performances 7:30pm. Matinée performance 2:00pm.

In Italian with SURTITLES ™ projected above the stage

Tuneful. Dramatic. Tragic.

Rigoletto is a court entertainer with a vicious tongue and a soft spot: he is hiding his vulnerable young daughter, Gilda, from the harsh world he inhabits. But his worst fear becomes reality: she is discovered by his boss, the predatory Duke of Mantua. When the Duke seduces Gilda, Rigoletto hires a hitman to kill him. It doesn’t work: Gilda has fallen in love, and she would rather die than see the Duke hurt.

Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s greatest achievements, powered with irresistible melodies, heartbreaking drama, and vivid characters: the cruel clown with a hidden heart, the morally bankrupt duke, the innocent Gilda, the sinister assassin and his voluptuous sister.

Featuring the return of sensational soprano Simone Osborne (The Magic Flute, Roméo et Juliette) and baritone Gordon Hawkins (Tosca).

Conducted by Jonathan Darlington | Directed by Nancy Hermiston 

Dark Sisters - NOW CLOSED

By Nico Muhly | Libretto by Stephen Karam

Canadian premiere! New Production!

November 26, 27, 28, December 3, 4, 5, 6(matinée), 10, 12, 2015
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre

Evening performances 7:30pm. Matinée performance 2:00pm.

In English with SURTITLES™ projected above the stage.

Powerful. Current. Thought-provoking.

In a renegade Mormon community of the American southwest, brave Eliza attempts to escape her life as one of five “sister wives” in a polygamous marriage and save her daughter from the same fate. The women’s children have been removed by state authorities and their husband, known as the Prophet, has retreated to the desert, seeking divine guidance. In desperation, the women subject themselves to the glare of the media. While the world watches on television, Eliza bares her heart, unleashes her condemnation of the community's patriarchy, and pleads with her sister wives to break free.

Composer Nico Muhly is one of the hottest young composers in North America. He has written choral works, large and small orchestral pieces, and three film scores, including Joshua and the Oscar-nominated The Reader. After the success of Dark Sisters in New York and Philadelphia in 2011 and 2012, his opera Two Boys had its Metropolitan Opera début. His Dark Sisters score is lyrical, evocative and spare, highlighting the women’s voices and revealing their fervency and suffering. 

Conducted by Kinza Tyrrell | Directed by Amiel Gladstone

Madama Butterfly - NOW CLOSED

by Giacomo Puccini

March 5, 6(matinee), 10, 11, 12, 13(matinee), 2016
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Evening performances 7:30pm. Matinée performances 2:00pm.

In Italian with English SURTITLES™

Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Unforgettable.

In Nagasaki at the turn of the 20th century, a pleasure-seeking American naval officer named Pinkerton leases a house and marries a young geisha. He is only briefly enchanted with his “Butterfly”, but she is totally and forever committed to the marriage. When he abandons her and then, years later, returns to claim their child, Butterfly is devastated and makes a supreme sacrifice, in devotion to her ancestors. 

Puccini’s incomparably gorgeous opera never fails to give audiences a deep emotional experience. 

Directed by Michael Cavanagh