The Vancouver Opera 2018-2019 season gets underway in October with a production of The Merry Widow.
The Vancouver Opera 2018-2019 season gets underway in October with a production of The Merry Widow.

Vancouver Opera announced tickets are now on sale for a 2018-2019 season featuring two standalone operas, and its third annual festival.

“Our new season and the third annual Opera Festival will showcase a well-known repertoire reimagined for the modern audiences,” says Vancouver Opera’s general director, Kim Gaynor in a media release. “I have invited a number of very talented conductors who have never directed for us before, as well as welcoming back Jonathan Darlington to conduct Gounod’s Faust.”

The season opens in October with Lehár’s The Merry Widow (Oct 20-28), an Art Nouveau-inspired comedic operetta. Sung in German with English dialogue and English surtitles, it is directed by Canadian Kelly Robinson, last seen with Vancouver Opera as director of Evita in 2016.

The season continues in 2019 with a retelling of Puccini’s La Bohème (Feb 14-24) that begins in a modern-day flea market, and transports audiences to Café Momus in Paris during the 1920s. Canadian designer and director duo André Barbe and Renaud Doucet are at the helm with a fresh look at this much-loved opera.

The 2019 Vancouver Opera Festival in April and May of next year celebrates fairy tales and fables, with productions of Faust and La Cenerentola (Cinderalla).

In Faust (Apr 27-May 5), the aged and bitter man, sells his soul to Méphistophélès in return for youth and the love of Marguerite, an innocent young woman. By trying to have it all, he loses everything. Featuring an all Canadian cast, Genoud’s famous opera will be presented in a production not seen before in Vancouver.

The final production of the season and the Festival is Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderalla) (Apr 27- May 12). Directed by the award-winning Rachel Peake, it will feature Vancouver native Simone McIntosh in the title role. Not seen at Vancouver Opera for nearly 40 years, in this version the evil stepmother trades places with a malevolent stepfather, the fairy godmother is a philosopher, and the legendary glass slipper is replaced with a bracelet. Nonetheless, the essence of the fairy tale remains in this rags to riches to story.

Visit vancouveropera.ca for tickets and information on its upcoming 2018-2019 season.