Minoru Chapel OperaThe City of Richmond's Art, Culture and Heritage Services team is delighted to partner with celebrated Lower Mainland opera companies to present Minoru Chapel Opera.
On the first Wednesdays in October, November and December audiences have the opportunity to hear selections from classic operas masterfully performed in an intimate and historic setting, a place that is typically enjoyed only by wedding guests and movie crews.
Opera Mariposa presents Prima Donna: A Celebration of Women in Opera
Wednesday, October 5
2pm and 7pm
CLASS Registration #1716388 (2pm), #1716389 (7pm)
Opera Mariposa returns to Minoru Chapel with a star-studded celebration of opera’s leading ladies. Join multi-award-winning sopranos Allison Cociani, Robin Eder-Warren, Jacqueline Ko and Kathryn Nickford with Angus Kellett, pianist, as they perform highlights from Tosca, La bohème, The Marriage of Figaro, The Tales of Hoffmann and more. This one-of-a-kind concert also includes a sneak preview – a highlight from the upcoming Canadian opera Alma, which will make its world premiere June 2017.
Opera Mariposa is a critically acclaimed company run by young artists, for young artists. Now in their fifth season, they showcase emerging performers from North America in a diverse program of gala concerts, original shows, charity benefits and fully staged operas and musicals. The Vancouver Project declared that “Opera Mariposa stands at the forefront of Vancouver’s opera scene,” and Mariposa’s productions have been hailed as “priceless” (Opera Canada) and “a stroke of genius” (The Voice) for their ability to engage both dedicated opera lovers and new audiences. To learn more, visit operamariposa.com
Burnaby Lyric Opera presents Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre
Wednesday, November 2
2pm and 7pm
CLASS Registration #1716438 (2pm), #1716439 (7pm)
Burnaby Lyric Opera is proud to present Act I of Richard Wagner’s magnificent opera, Die Walküre as presented in their highly acclaimed Sunday Afternoon Concert Series. You will hear glorious music sung by British Columbia’s superb young opera singers, featuring soprano Sarah Templeton, tenor David Gibbons and bass-baritone, Scott Books, under the brilliant musical direction of David Boothroyd.
Burnaby Lyric Opera began in the early 1980’s and by 1997 had evolved into a professional company with its permanent home in the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby. For its innovative productions and high performance standards, BLO has received praise and critical acclaim, not only from local newspaper critics, but the high-profile magazine, Opera Canada. The company is a non-profit society with a vision to give emerging professional and semi-professional opera singers in British Columbia the opportunity to sing leading roles in fully-staged operas. Find out more at burnabylyricopera.org
City Opera Vancouver presents Christmas Goes to the Opera
Wednesday, December 7
2pm and 7pm
CLASS Registration #1716488 (2pm), #1716489 (7pm)
Composers and audiences have been inspired by the holiday season throughout the centuries. This December, City Opera Vancouver returns to Minoru Chapel to bring you an exciting program of arias and ensembles from the musical stage, opera and the home hearth. You’ll hear familiar, classic melodies and a few surprise tunes – all guaranteed to fill you with holiday cheer. Join in a yuletide journey from Puccini to Menotti led by Elaina Moreau, soprano, and Spencer Britten, tenor, and accompanied by pianist, Roger Parton and host, Tom Durrie.
City Opera Vancouver is a professional chamber company that tells wonderful stories in small forms. In May 2014, they presented the world premiere of Pauline, the first opera by Margaret Atwood, with music by Tobin Stokes. It sold out all five nights. Previous productions include Fallujah, Sumidagawa & Curlew River, The Emperor of Atlantis, Carmina Burana, and over 40 concerts and recitals. In 2016, City Opera Vancouver presented The Lost Operas of Mozart, three works that the great composer began but never finished. In 2017, Missing Women, will tell a story everyone knows, from the perspective of a woman no one remembers. For more information, visit cityoperavancouver.com
Concerts at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm