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Vancouver Opera Hosts Free Opera Event Saturday May 7

April 28, 2022, Vancouver, B.C.Vancouver Opera is hosting a live simulcast of HMS Pinafore projected onto a large screenin šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly the QET Plaza) on May 7 at 7:30 p.m. while the live event is performed inside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.The FREE event includes dance performances and activities for everyone including children.  
“Presenting this inaugural simulcast of HMS Pinafore at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly the QET Plaza) is a great way for us to celebrate opera with a new audience,” said Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera General Director. “Alongside the evening performance of HMS Pinafore, we are hosting entertainers and events accessible to everyone before the performance and during the intermission. Our goal is to make this a fun celebration of the arts and provide new audience members a glimpse into the magic created by Vancouver Opera on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage.”
Families will enjoy the stilt walkers and get fun images using nautical themed props in the photo station and purchase food from Mama’s Fish and Chips. Van Vogue Jam will present a 10-15 minute nautical themed drag set at the intermission of the production. Events will start at 6:00 p.m. and be held at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly the QET Plaza). Vancouver Opera encourages attendees to bring blankets or lawn chairs to watch the simulcast. This event is weather dependent and will not proceed if it is raining.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedic tale, HMS Pinafore, is a delightful combination of forbidden love across class divides and the shenanigans that take place along the way. Poking fun at social hierarchies and packed with absurd characters, this wildly popular operetta delivers plenty of laughs and memorable music.
Building on the witty word play and comedy of this production, writer and comedian JD Derbyshire collaborated with director Brenna Corner to adapt the libretto for a modern audience. Rosemary Thomson makes her Vancouver Opera conducting debut with an all-star cast including soprano Caitlin Wood, tenor Ernesto Ramirez, baritones Jorell Williams, Peter McGillivray and Marcus Nance along with mezzo-soprano Megan Latham. HMS Pinafore is sung in English with English SURTITLES™ projected above the stage.
The simulcast of HMS Pinafore is sponsored by Jana and Bill Maclagan. The event is free to attend and will be weather dependent. Tickets to the performance are on sale through the Vancouver Opera box office either by phone at 604-683-0222 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. For more information about the 2021–2022 Vancouver Opera Season, and to subscribe, please visit vancouveropera.ca.
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.
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