VANCOUVER OPERA CELEBRATES LIVE MUSIC SEPTEMBER 18 & 19 WITH FREE PERFORMANCES AT šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (FORMERLY QET PLAZA)
SEPTEMBER 15, 2021, VANCOUVER, B.C – Vancouver Opera celebrates the return of live performances with a special weekend of free outdoor performances. Six performances will liven šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) on September 18 and 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Autumn is a time of change, and we are thrilled to transition back to a season of live performances,” said Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera General Director. “This weekend we celebrate a new season by bringing together artists and audiences for two afternoons of joyful live opera and musical performances. We are excited for this first, of what we hope will be an ongoing partnership with Vancouver Civic Theatres. The artists chosen for this weekend are members of the Vancouver Opera family along with presentations by our collaborative colleagues at UBC Opera and Astrolabe Musik Theatre.”
Free performances will feature members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus, UBC Opera and Astrolabe Musik Theatre. Presented rain or shine. Limited seating available on the plaza.
Saturday, September 18
1:00 p.m. Mezzo-soprano Simran Claire and tenor Sergio Augusto with pianist Tina Chang share memorable opera favourites from Rossini and musical highlights from Tosti and Mozart.
2:00 p.m. “A Fleet of Flutes” is a solo flute concert with Anne-Elise Keefer.
3:00 p.m. A series of Chopin solo pieces by pianist Evgenia Rabinovich.
Sunday, September 19
1:00 p.m. Soprano Heather Pawsey is accompanied by flutist Brenda Fedoruk and pianist Perri Lo as they perform works from Chaminade, Previn and Tesori.
2:00 p.m. A selection of German duets by singers Rebecca Collett and Leah Field with pianist Richard Epp.
3:00 p.m. UBC Opera singers Leila Kirves, Connor Hoppenbrouwers, Gabriel Chona, Neil Craighead, Ian McCloy, Allison Anderson, and pianist Richard Epp, under the direction of Nancy Hermiston, will perform selected operatic favorites.
The full Vancouver Opera 2021–2022 season begins in December with the Vancouver Opera premiere and first collaboration with Ne. Sans Opera and The Dance Centre, Orfeo Ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck. In February, two performances of Cavalleria Rusticana in Concert by Pietro Mascagni will welcome back Music Director Emeritus Jonathan Darlington to conduct the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The final production of the season is the wildly popular HMS Pinafore, a hilarious journey of forbidden love by Gilbert and Sullivan.
For more information about the 2021–2022 Vancouver Opera Season, and to subscribe, please visit vancouveropera.ca.
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.
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