Music Events – Vancouver Opera

Music Events

From Russia with Love to Jonathan Darlington

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May 1 at 7:30pm
Vancouver Playhouse

To pay tribute to Music Director Jonathan Darlington’s extraordinary fifteen year music-making partnership with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, join us for a light-hearted evening of musical surprises.  Host Sylvia L’Ecuyer will take us on a trip down memory lane  punctuated by musical interludes, including a rare occasion to hear Maestro Darlington, Leslie Dala and Kinza Tyrrell playing six hands on one piano! Special guest dancers courtesy of the GOH Ballet perform an excerpt from Prokofiev’s  Cinderella and mezzo-soprano Caroline Sproule sings Russian arias accompanied by Maestro Darlington at the piano. The evening is capped off by Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale – Suite with narration by none other than Jonathan Darlington!

Jonathan Darlington, Leslie Dala, Kinza Tyrrell, Caroline Sproule, GOH Ballet dancers, members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and host Sylvia L’Ecuyer.


A Russian Songfest

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May 2 at 7:30pm
Vancouver Playhouse

A Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program & Coaching Intensive Program Alumni Recital. An evening of musical riches featuring alumni of Vancouver Opera Training Programs performing a wide range of their favourite Russian songs accompanied by the music staff of Vancouver Opera.

From Jewish Folk-Poetry Op. 70  by Shostakovich

Featuring Soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen, Contralto Leah Giselle Field, TenorMartin Renner Wallace, with Tina Chang on piano.

Three songs by Mussorgsky: “Mephistopheles Song of the Flea”, “Night”, and “The Seminarist”

Featuring Baritone Aaron Durand, with Leslie Dala on piano.

Romances Op. 38 by Rachmaninoff

Featuring Soprano Caitlin Wood, with Leslie Dala on piano.

Three songs from Petersburg, a vocal poem by Gyorgy Svirodov: “The Breeze has brought from far away”, “Petersburg Song”, and “The Virgin City”

Featuring Bass-Baritone Peter Monaghan, with Kinza Tyrrell on piano.

Five Poems of Akhmatova by Sergei Prokofiev

Featuring Soprano Karen Ydenberg, with Kinza Tyrrell on piano.

New Works Project

May 2 & 4 at 6:00pm, The Post at 750
May 6 at 11:00am, Opera Bar

UBC student composers and writers collaborate with performers from the UBC Opera Program to create new chamber opera works. See the creative process in action.


Russian White Nights: Opera Arias from 18th Century St. Petersburg with Karina Gauvin

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May 6 at 3:00pm
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

At the turn of the 18th century, Tsar Peter I “The Great” began to drag Russia, often kicking and screaming, toward the rest of Europe. His new capital, St. Petersburg, was to be a window to the West, and to that end, Peter imported Germans, Czechs, Italians, and others in his quest to modernize and ultimately “civilize” his native land. Peter and his successors, especially Anna Ivanovna, Elizabeth, and Catherine the Great, saw the opera house as an opportunity to show off their cultural wealth as a modern European nation. Join one of the world’s reigning sopranos in Baroque and classical repertoire, Karina Gauvin, for a programme of virtuosic opera arias from 18th century St. Petersburg.

“Over the last decade Karina Gauvin has proved herself one of the most delightful of Baroque sopranos. Her pellucid tone is now flecked with deeper, richer colourings, and precise, nimble coloratura” – Gramophone Magazine

Supported by Helen & Frank Elfert