Vancouver Opera

Langara students have a bloody good time in VO’s Prop Shop 150 150 Archway Publishers

Langara students have a bloody good time in VO’s Prop Shop

Vancouver Opera’s Head of Props, Valeria Moffat, recently had students from Langara in to learn a little bit about prop-making. First, the students made arm cuffs using a thermal plastic that they heated and shaped to their dimensions and then painted in various metallic finishes. Embellishments included jewels, hot glue filigree, braid and upholstery gimp.…

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VO Lotteries is heading downtown! 150 150 Archway Publishers

VO Lotteries is heading downtown!

Heading to Pacific Centre next week? Stop by our VO Lotteries display and check out the sweet Audi! …and then buy yourself a ticket to win! Not only does your Lottery ticket purchase give you a 1 in 5,000 chance to win a new whip or $50,000 cash (great odds!) – it also helps VO’s…

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Stickboy in Burnaby 150 150 Archway Publishers

Stickboy in Burnaby

The Vancouver Opera In Schools tour of Stickboy continues! This week, the VOIS team wraps up four performances in Burnaby and next week they’ll continue around Metro Vancouver. Here’s a reaction to the performance from Peter Dubinsky, Director of Instruction at Burnaby School District #41: I just came from our first performance of Stickboy in Burnaby. …

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Stickboy Launches Province-Wide Tour in 2016 150 150 Archway Publishers

Stickboy Launches Province-Wide Tour in 2016

This past Saturday, the Michael and Inna O’Brian Centre for Vancouver Opera played host to the company of Stickboy for the final time, just prior to the touring cast, musicians and stage crew for the adapted iteration of this work setting off on a five-month BC tour that is slated to engage an audience of…

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Dark Sisters: Production Insights 150 150 Archway Publishers

Dark Sisters: Production Insights

VO’s Technical Director, Dan Paterson, shares some insights into the production of Dark Sisters. Welcome to this production of Dark Sisters! Dark Sisters is an important and relevant piece and I’m very excited to be part of a company that is willing to produce it. So how does a show like Dark Sisters make it to the stage? What…

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Tina Chang on Dark Sisters 150 150 Archway Publishers

Tina Chang on Dark Sisters

Tina Chang is the Assistant Conductor and Principal Répétiteur for VO’s production of Dark Sisters. We’ve asked her a few questions about what it’s like to work on this exciting piece. What are the challenges in rehearsing the Dark Sisters? I find the background, the history and what we hear even just recently on the news,…

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Dark Sisters: Program Notes 150 150 Archway Publishers

Dark Sisters: Program Notes

Doug Tuck is VO’s Director of Marketing. Welcome to the Canadian premiere of Dark Sisters, which has had only three other productions since its completion in 2011: at Gotham Chamber Opera, in New York; at Opera Philadelphia, in 2012; and at Pittsburgh Opera, in 2014. Dark Sisters is set in the American southwest. Its story is inspired in part by…

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Dark Sisters: Musical Notes 150 150 Archway Publishers

Dark Sisters: Musical Notes

Dr. Kinza Tyrrell is VO’s Principal Répétiteur and Assistant Chorus Director, Head Coach of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program and guest faculty at the Canadian Opera Company and Opera Nuova, and the conductor for VO’s Dark Sisters. Nico Muhly’s colourful imagination has created a diverse orchestral palette in Dark Sisters – a chamber opera with only thirteen players,…

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Opera Takes on Polygamy – as Close to Us as Bountiful BC 150 150 Archway Publishers

Opera Takes on Polygamy – as Close to Us as Bountiful BC

I’ve been reading two fascinating books about polygamy in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), leading up to Vancouver Opera’s production of Dark Sisters opening November 26. Vancouver journalist Daphne Bramham’s fascinating, readable account of polygamy in British Columbia, The Secret Lives of Saints, is a gripping story of the…

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