In a media release, Vancouver Opera has announced a reimagined 2020–2021 season of digital content.

“Vancouver Opera is taking the performances off the stage and reimagining a season for the screen and at-home enjoyment,” explains Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera General Director. “This fully digital season, a first-ever for Vancouver Opera, is an opportunity to continue to share and experience this incredible art form until we can return to live performance at the theatre again.”

The season will include four chamber operas never produced by Vancouver Opera, profiling local Canadian talent alongside members of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program.

The season kicks off on October 24 with Francis Poulenc’s La voix humaine featuring an all-female and all-Canadian trio of director Rachel Peake, soloist Mireille Lebel and music director Kinza Tyrrell. In this solo piece, a young woman clings desperately onto the phone that connects her to her former lover. Through intimate conversations, she slowly reveals her anguish over his abandonment and admits to attempted suicide the night before.

Just in time for the holiday season, Sarah Pelzer directs Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Receiving its digital premiere on December 12, it tells the story of three kings who stop for shelter at the home of Amahl, a poor, disabled shepherd boy and his widowed mother while following the star to Bethlehem.

The season continues in March 2021 with the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists presenting the digital premiere of The Music Shop by Richard Wargo. In this comedy, a mild-mannered husband desperately searches a music shop for a song requested by his wife to sing at the prince’s wedding. Unfortunately, he cannot remember the title or the tune. His Wagnerian wife appears in a series of hilarious hallucinations during his mad scramble through the ill-fated music shop.

The season concludes in May 2021 with Peter Brook’s and Marius Constant’s La Tragédie de Carmen. Members of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program once again take to the stage in this reinvented version of Bizet’s Carmen, stripped down to its four principal characters.

Subscriptions for Vancouver Opera’s 2020-2021 Digital Season are now available. Visit vancouveropera.ca for more information.