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Vancouver Opera Offstage Podcast with Les Dala

PODCAST | Vancouver Opera Offstage
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Vancouver Opera Offstage is an audio podcast with host Les Dala, VO’s chorus director and associate conductor. Join Les once a month for this podcast as he chats with opera experts, artists, Vancouver Opera staff and others to explore the world of opera on and off the stage. This podcast offers an insider’s glimpse into the artistry, experiences, and perspectives of the talent involved in taking breathtaking opera productions from the page to the stage.

Latest Episode: July 7, 2021.

The next episode will release Wednesday, August 4, 2021, and will be our season finale. We’ll be speaking with Vancouver Recital Society’s Founder and Artistic Director, Leila Getz, C.M., O.B.C, D.F.A. Don’t miss it!


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Latest Episode

July 7, 2021 | Episode 29

The Power of Heroes with Canadian Sports Icon and Opera Fan Valerie Jerome

In this very important episode, Les turns the stage around to talk with an illustrious audience member. Our guest is Canadian track and field icon, granddaughter of Canada’s first Black Olympian, sister of Canadian track legend Harry Jerome, educator and teacher, social justice and environmental advocate, patron of the Arts, and long-time opera fan Valerie Jerome. Valerie talks about her experiences with racism growing up on the North Shore in the 50s and 60s, the similarities between athletes and musicians, and the power of having inspirational heros of colour in opera and in the arts. Valerie and Les also discuss the important work still to be done as people of Canada in changing preconceptions and challenging prejudices about people of colour. This episode was recorded June 15, 2021.

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About the host, Les Dala

Leslie Dala, Host of Vancouver Opera Offstage Podcast
Maestro Leslie Dala is Associate Conductor and Chorus Director of Vancouver Opera, Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir and Music Director Emeritus of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Program Director of VO’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program. He recently conducted Vancouver Opera productions of La Cenerentola (2019), Madama Butterfly (2016), Albert Herring (2013), The Magic Flute (2013), and The Marriage of Figaro (2017), the world premieres of VO-commissioned operas, Stickboy (2014) and The Overcoat – a musical tailoring (2018), and the world premiere of large-scale oratorio The River of Light (2019).


Vancouver Opera Offstage Host & Co-Producer:
Leslie Dala
Vancouver Opera Co-Producer & Editor:
Vincent Wong
Vancouver Opera Offstage logo design:
Annie Mack
Season 01 | Episode 29
Episode Recorded:
Episode Recorded:
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Valerie Jerome’s photo by John Lehman
Episode interviews are recorded entirely remotely using Zoom and hosted on
(Originally on Buzzsprout).

Cover photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash
Podcast opening and closing music: 
“Habanera” from Carmen. Sung by Jenny Lee Mitchell.
Habanera Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons:
By Attribution 3.0 License