A scene from the Opera de Montreal production of Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera which will make its West Coast debut as part of the 4th annual Vancouver Opera Festival in 2020.
A scene from the Opera de Montreal production of Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera which will make its West Coast debut as part of the 4th annual Vancouver Opera Festival in 2020.

In a media release earlier this month, Vancouver Opera announced four opera productions and its fourth annual Vancouver Opera Festival as part of its 2019-2020 season.

The 2019-2020 season opens in October with a new production of the classic, La Traviata, followed by two other favourites, The Barber of Seville and Così fan tutte, as part of its mainstage shows.

Rossini’s The Barber of Seville will be directed by the Arts Club Theatre Company’s new artistic director Ashlie Corcoran, while Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte makes a return to Vancouver Opera with its satirical take on relationships between men and women.

The season will conclude with a new opera designed for young audiences with The Fight of the Hummingbird. Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahugulanaas, this contemporary opera addresses issues of climate change and personal responsibility. The production will tour British Columbia schools before making its Vancouver debut at this season’s Vancouver Opera Festival in April 2020.

The Vancouver Opera Festival will also feature Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera, based on the lyrics and music of Pink Floyd lyricist Roger Waters’ The Wall.  A psychological drama inspired by Waters’ life, Quebec composer Julien Bilodeau transforms the iconic album into an operatic drama, designed to please both oper­a and rock fans.

“Never has there been a more exciting time for Vancouver Opera as we prepare to welcome traditional and new work to our stages along with a West Coast premiere,” says Vancouver Opera’s general director Kim Gaynor in the release. “With this new season and festival, Vancouver Opera fulfills its mission to create extraordinary experiences that engage, inspire and entertain. We will celebrate Canadian artists and emerging talent and through partnerships we will reach out to diverse audiences”.

As part of this season, Vancouver Opera has selected five emerging Canadian artists to participate in the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists program.

“We are committed to the development of young artists and helping them to launch their professional careers,” states Gaynor. “Our Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists program is a proven springboard for emerging Canadian singers and opera professionals”.

Subscriptions are now on sale for current subscribers, with new subscriptions available on May 14. Individual tickets go on sale beginning on July 2. Visit vancouveropera.com for tickets and information.