VANCOUVER OPERA CELEBRATES RETURN TO THE THEATRE WITH 2021–2022 SEASON OPENER ORFEO ED EURIDICE
OCTOBER 12 2021, VANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver Opera is excited for the return of live performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for the 2021–2022 season. Opening the season is the Vancouver Opera premiere of the timeless love story Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck on December 4 and 5.
We celebrate our return to the stage this season with a beautiful production of Orfeo ed Euridice with an exciting collaboration with Ne. Sans Opera and Dance, and The Dance Centre,” said Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera General Director. “Directed and choreographed by Idan Cohen, this production unifies three of our most cherished art forms, music, theatre and dance, into an innovative contemporary experience sure to delight all performing arts enthusiasts.”
This exquisite opera follows the ancient Greek myth of Orfeo, a divinely gifted musician and poet, who moves the deities of the Underworld with the beauty of his music and poetry to lead his love Euridice back to the world of the living. This production is a Vancouver Opera premiere and marks the first collaboration with Ne. Sans Opera and Dance, and The Dance Centre. Orfeo ed Euridice is directed by Idan Cohen from Ne. Sans Opera with Vancouver Opera’s Leslie Dala conducting the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Vancouver Opera Chorus along with contemporary dancers. The cast for this production is Mireille Lebel as Orfeo, Krisztina Szabó as Euridice and Mireille Asselin as Amore.
“As the Artistic Director of Ne. Sans Opera and Dance I am honored to collaborate with Vancouver Opera and The Dance Centre to offer Vancouver audiences a special and unique performance,” says Idan Cohen, Ne. Sans Opera Artistic Director. “Our production of Gluck’s masterpiece Orfeo ed Euridice presents opera through the wonderful lens of contemporary dance. Opera is the most demanding of all art forms, as it brings the arts together, and we’ve been working day and night to offer the viewer a rich, vibrant artistic production.”
Orfeo ed Euridice is sung in Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™ projected above the stage. Tickets for the 2021–2022 season go on sale on October 12 through the Vancouver Opera box office either by phone or online.
Vancouver Opera has the continuing support of The Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Canada, the BC Arts Council and BC Provincial Government, the City of Vancouver Cultural Services and Vancouver Civic Theatres. Vancouver Opera season sponsor is BMO. Ticket Centre sponsor is Mission Hill Family Estate.
ABOUT VANCOUVER OPERA
Vancouver Opera creates extraordinary experiences that engage, inspire and entertain the community through voice, music and theatre. Vancouver Opera is the second largest professional opera company in Canada and is regarded worldwide for its fine mainstage productions, country- leading education programs and innovative community programs. Learn more at www.vancouveropera.ca.
ABOUT Ne. SANS OPERA AND DANCE
Established in 2017 by Artistic Director Idan Cohen in Vancouver, Canada Ne. Sans Opera and Dance is re-imagining and reconnecting Opera & Dance. Directing opera through contemporary dance opens a whole new world of collaborative opportunities. It is an environment that involves working with singers, dancers, musicians, visual artists and designers. By experimenting and constantly expanding our knowledge of multi-disciplinary art forms, we are forging what we see as a natural hybridization of the Arts. Our ambition is to create exciting, thought-provoking, artistically challenging art- and to strengthen and inspire our community. Learn more at www.nesans.net.
ABOUT THE DANCE CENTRE
Established in 1986 as a resource centre for the dance profession and the public in British Columbia, The Dance Centre has expanded into a multifaceted organization offering a range of
activities unparalleled in Canadian dance. It presents performances and public events; provides programs, resources and support for dance professionals; operates Scotiabank Dance Centre, one of Canada’s flagship dance facilities; and works to promote BC dance. Learn more at www.thedancecentre.ca.
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