Inside Vancouver Opera

Inside Vancouver Opera is a unique backstage glimpse into the world of Vancouver Opera. Join us as we chat 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. Add us on these popular services! New episodes can be found on, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, Podchaser, Deezer, TuneIn + Alexa, iHeartRadio, and Listen Notes. For those listening from the US, we’re also available now on Pandora! New episodes are posted as they release on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter; so continue the discussion on social media with our hashtag #InsideVO!

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Latest Episodes

February 4, 2024 | Episode 52

The life and works of a most prolific and popular composer.

Today we’re profiling one of the kings of the bel canto age, Gaetano Donizetti; composer of our upcoming opera Don Pasquale, Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as La fille du régiment, The Elixir of Love, the hits go on and on... 

Jane Potter - Writer and Narrator Ashley Daniel Foot - Voice of Gaetano Donizetti Richard Wolfe - Voice of Felix Mendelssohn Tom Wright - Voice of Giuseppe Verdi Mack McGillivray - Audio Producer, Voice of Hector Berlioz

January 29, 2024 | Episode 51

A rollicking conversation that reflects on making peace with a massive voice, playing nice in the sandbox, and his signature sound, and the curious ;/ emoji he sends his friends

Today, we're talking with baritone extraordinaire, Greg Dahl. Audiences from Vancouver will remember him last season as the lead role in The Flying Dutchman. And he's back! Back in Vancouver for another title role as Don Pasquale, opening on February 10th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.


Gregory Dahl - Baritone, Don Pasquale Ashley Daniel Foot - Host Mack McGillivray - Audio Producer

January 23, 2024 | Episode 50

Operatic creative partners Barbe & Doucet on the Timeless Appeal of Don Pasquale

We have a special episode for you today hosted by former guest on the show, baritone Luka Kawabata. Luka had the chance to speak with world-renowned production partners, André Barbe and Renaud Doucet.


André Barbe - Guest, Costume & Set Designer Renaud Doucet - Guest, Stage Director and Choreographer Luka Kawabata - Host Mack McGillivray - Audio Producer

November 13, 2023 | Episode 49

Composer Tawnie Olson and conductor Arianne Abela discuss ‘Sanctuary & Storm’ and the state of women in opera.

We’re talking about Sanctuary & Storm, our new collaboration with re:Naissance Opera and the H.R MacMillan Space Centre from November 17th to 19th. Tickets are already going very quickly, so be sure to head to to grab your tickets. Sanctuary & Storm is truly an unusual creation that imagines a conversation that took place between medieval luminaries, Hildegard of Bingen and Eleanor of Aquitaine.


Host – Ashley Daniel Foot Guest – Tawnie Olson (Guest and Composer of Sanctuary & Storm) Guest – Arianne Abela (Guest and Conductor of Sanctuary & Storm) Audio Producer – Mack McGillivray

November 13, 2023 | Episode 49

Jacques Lacombe on Unlocking the Power of Creativity and Collaboration.

Vancouver Opera’s new Music Director shares his unique path to the podium and the lessons of teamwork he’s learned along the way.


Host – Ashley Daniel Foot Guest – Jacques Lacombe Editing – Mack McGillivray

Series Overview:


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 30 Episode Recorded: Tuesday, July 12, 2021 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