Puccini's Turandot opens the 2017-2018 Vancouver Opera season
Puccini's Turandot opens the 2017-2018 Vancouver Opera season

With the inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival still in full swing, Vancouver Opera has announced it will present a full year of programming in addition to its annual festival in its 2017/2018 season.

“My goal is to make sure Vancouver Opera produces opera throughout the year, while at the same time making programming innovations necessary to thrive as a modern opera company,” says Kim Gaynor, Vancouver Opera’s General Director. “We’ve listened carefully to patrons and supporters throughout the past year, and are proposing a season which reflects their expressed desire for opera year round, as well as excitement about our new festival format.”

The season opens with Giacomo Puccini’s final and often touted as his most complex work, Turandot (Oct 13-21). Set in China, it is the love story of Prince Calaf, who falls in love with Princess Turandot. Making her role debut as Turandot is American soprano Amber Wagner who was recently named by Opera News as one of twenty-five artists poised to break out and become a major force in classical music in the coming decade.

The season continues in the new year with one of Gaetano Donizetti’s most performed operas, L’elisir d’amore (Jan 19-27). Not seen at Vancouver Opera since 1999, this love story and hilarious comedy, it secured Donizetti’s place as one of the leading Italian opera composers of his day.

Vancouver Opera kicks off its 2nd annual Vancouver Opera Festival with Tchaikovsky’s lavish Eugene Onegin (Apr 27-May 6). Based on Pushkin’s classic novel in verse, this grand Russian opera tells the story of the ill-fated love between Tatiana and Eugene.

The season and festival concludes with a new co-production with The Canadian Stage Company and Tapestry Opera of Toronto. The Overcoat: an Opera (Apr 28-May 12) celebrates the 20th anniversary of Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling’s theatrical phenomena, based on Gogol’s classic 19th century novella.  With music by Canadian composer James Rolfe, this new opera addresses the universal human need for compassion and our unfortunate tendency to deny it.

The season will also feature the much-anticipated chamber musical Requiem for a Lost Girl (dates TBA). Exploring themes of poverty, mental illness and addiction, Requiem was created and is performed in partnership with a chorus of men, women and children who know the experience of homelessness.

For tickets and more information on the Vancouver Opera 2017/2018 season visit http://vancouveropera.ca.