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A new, groundbreaking chamber opera by Marie Clements and Brian Current
On tour from Victoria to Regina to Prince George
Missing, created by BC’s foremost Indigenous playwright and filmmaker, Marie Clements, with music by Juno award-winning composer Brian Current, gives voice, in English and Gitksan, to the story of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Set in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and on the Highway of Tears, Missing is a poetic expression of loss and hope. Pacific Opera tours the opera in November 2019, with performances in Victoria, Regina and Prince George.
Co-produced and developed by Pacific Opera Victoria and City Opera Vancouver, Missing had its world première in Vancouver and Victoria in 2017 and sold out performances in both cities. Pacific Opera Victoria and City Opera Vancouver are proud to partner with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Prince George Symphony orchestra, Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Prince George Native Friendship Centre, and Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services, to remount Missing for presentation November 1 and 2, 2019 at Pacific Opera’s Baumann Centre in Victoria, followed by performances November 8 and 9 in Regina and November 15, 16, and 17 in Prince George.
The creative team and many of the opera artists who premiered the production in 2017 have reunited. Distinguished director, Peter Hinton, who has significantly impacted the evolution of contemporary Canadian theatre through his commitment to new play development, Indigenous theatre and revisionist productions of canonical works, and conductor Timothy Long, Music Director of Opera at the Eastman School of Music and founding conductor of The Coast Orchestra, a Native American orchestra of classically trained musicians, are joined by an accomplished cast of singing actors.
Returning cast members include Coast Salish mezzo-soprano Rose-Ellen Nichols; Kwagiulth and Stó: lō mezzo soprano Marion Newman; Alberta-born soprano Caitlin Wood; and mezzo-soprano Heather Molloy. Joining the cast for the 2019 tour are tenor Jan van der Hooft, baritone Kyle Lehmann, and Saugeen Ojibway soprano Joanna Diindiisikwe Simmons (Burt), who made her Canadian Opera Company debut in 2017 as Sarah Riel in Louis Riel.
Scenic and projection design is by Andy Moro with costume design by Carmen Thompson, lighting by John Webber, and sound design by Sandy Scofield.
Performed in English and Gitksan, with surtitles, the opera is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes long, with no intermission. General seating. Doors open ½ hour prior to performance.
VICTORIA: Missing is presented November 1 and 2, 2019, at 7:00 pm
at The Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road, Victoria.
TICKETS are $35 | $15 students.
REGINA: Missing is presented November 8 and 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm
at the Regina Performing Arts Centre, 1077 Angus Street, Regina.
TICKETS are $26.25.
PRINCE GEORGE: Missing is presented November 15 and 17 at 7:00 pm and November 16 at 2:00 pm
at House of Ancestors “Uda Dune Baiyoh, 355 Vancouver Street, Prince George.
TICKETS are $35 | $15 students.
Cultural and mental health support workers will attend all performances to assist any audience members experiencing trauma or trauma triggers.
This touring production is made possible by the extraordinary support of funders including the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Department for Women and Gender Equality, and the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage; Sask Culture; K&S Potash Canada; the City of Regina; and TD Bank.
Pacific Opera is also profoundly grateful for the confidence, faith, and vision of funders who supported the commission and the 2017 world première of Missing, including the Vancouver Foundation; the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter Program; Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia; the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, the Victoria Foundation, the Koerner Foundation, and an anonymous Foundation.
October 21, 2019
IL TRITTICO: Three stories. Three settings.
A triple bill of masterful singing and storytelling
October 17, 19, 23, 25, 27, 2019
Pacific Opera’s first opera of the season is a gem of the operatic repertoire that has not been performed in Canada in nearly 50 years. Puccini’s Il trittico is a triple-bill of one-act operas that, when staged together as the composer intended, provides an emotional rollercoaster of an evening. Il trittico is presented October 17, 19, 25, and 2019 at 8pm, and October 23 at 7pm, with a matinée October 27 at 2:30pm. All performances take place at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, Victoria.
The composer of blockbusters La bohème and Madama Butterfly, Puccini was at the height of his career when he created Il trittico, his final staged work. Each of Il trittico’s three one-act operas is a masterpiece intended to be presented in a single triumphant performance. The first opera of the trio, Il tabarro (The Cloak) is a dark thriller of infidelity and suspicion as, over the course of a single night, a marriage comes to a brutal end. Il tabarro is followed by Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica), a poignant tragedy. In the confines of a convent, where all desire is considered a sin, a nun with a devastating secret struggles with anguish and guilt. The performance concludes with Gianni Schicchi, a black farce in which a family squabbling over an inheritance gets what’s coming to them! Each of the operas is a “first” for Pacific Opera Artistic Director Timothy Vernon who describes Il trittico as “vocally and dramatically rewarding” and “a virtuoso display confirming Puccini’s mastery of both drama and comedy.”
Il trittico requires three sets and a large cast, making it complicated and costly. It is therefore rarely produced in its entirety. This is the first time in western Canada the original triptych has been presented as the composer intended.
Pacific Opera has gathered a stellar artistic team for this ambitious production. Directed by Glynis Leyshon with set and costume design by Pam Johnson, a cast of acclaimed singers, familiar to Pacific Opera audiences, will perform a variety of roles – an overlap in casting that allows the audience to witness the singers’ arc from supporting character to villain to comic genius in a single evening.
American baritone Todd Thomas sings the leading roles of Michele (Il tabarro) and Gianni (Gianni Schicchi). Soprano Aviva Fortunata sings back-to-back dramatic leads in Il tabarro and Suor Angelica, then joins the company ensemble of Gianni Schicchi. Tenor Adam Luther sings the roles of Luigi (Il tabarro) and Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi). Soprano Lara Ciekiewicz sings the dual roles of Suor Genevieve (Suor Angelica) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), delighting with one of opera’s most famous and recognizable arias, “O mio babbino caro”.
Conducted by Pacific Opera’s founding Artistic Director, Timothy Vernon, Il trittico is the first in a series of donor-supported special events scheduled this season and next in recognition of Pacific Opera’s 40th Anniversary.
Il trittico is performed at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, Victoria, October 17, 19 and 25, 2019, at 8 pm, Wednesday, October 23 at 7 pm, and Sunday, October 27 at 2:30 pm. Pre-performance lectures take place in the theatre lobby one hour prior to each show. The opera is performed in Italian, with English surtitles, and the approximate running time is 2 hours and 50 minutes, plus two intermissions.
Priced between $29 and $151, including GST & box office service charges, tickets are available from the Royal and McPherson Box Office at 250-386-6121, or online at www.rmts.bc.ca
For more information, contact Pacific Opera at 250-385-0222 or visit our page on Il trittico.
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October 3, 2019
Pacific Opera Victoria announces its 2019/20 season
Five productions, seven operas, two premières
Pacific Opera Victoria announces a season of seven operas, including a Canadian première and a world première production.
- At the Royal Theatre
- Il trittico by Giacomo Puccini, October 17 to 27, 2019
- Flight by Jonathan Dove and April de Angelis, February 20 to March 1, 2020
- Carmen by Georges Bizet, April 16 to 26, 2020
- At the Baumann Centre
- Missing by Marie Clements and Brian Current, November 1 and 2, 2019
- The Flight of the Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and Maxime Goulet, March 19 to 22, 2020
The season opens October 17, 2019, with Puccini’s last completed stage work. Il trittico is a trio of one-act operas that, when staged together as the composer intended, provides an emotional rollercoaster of an evening. Il tabarro (The Cloak) is a dark thriller; Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) a poignant tragedy; and Gianni Schicchi a farcical comedy. Pacific Opera Artistic Director Timothy Vernon describes Il trittico as “a virtuoso display, composed at the height of his career and confirming Puccini’s mastery of both drama and comedy”. Directed by Glynis Leyshon, with set and costume design by Patrick Clark, Il trittico will feature Italian-Canadian soprano Aviva Fortunata, Canadian tenor Adam Luther, and American baritone Todd Thomas.
Requiring three sets and a large cast, Il trittico is complicated and costly to produce and rarely presented in its entirety. This production is the first in a series of donor-supported special events scheduled this season and next in recognition of Pacific Opera’s 40th Anniversary.
Beginning February 20, 2020, Pacific Opera presents the Canadian première of Flight, the 1998 opera that launched British composer Jonathan Dove’s career. Inspired by the true story of a refugee who lived in an airport for 18 years, Flight features a scintillating score and an ensemble cast of travelers and airport workers, all stuck in a terminal for the night, all with their own stories. “We are keenly aware of the plight of refugees today,” says Timothy Vernon, “and recent events in our own airports make the story of the opera as relevant as when it was written two decades ago. Flight, with an ominous undertow, yet satirically human, is a modern masterpiece.” Morris Panych returns to Pacific Opera to direct this dark comedy, with set design by Ken MacDonald.
To conclude the mainstage season, Pacific Opera re-visits an eternally popular work. Musically brilliant and a perfect opera for newcomers, Bizet’s Carmen will be presented in April of 2020. “Directed by Serge Denoncourt who staged our marvelous production of Les Feluettes, Carmen will be vital, dramatic and wholly original,” says Vernon. The opera will feature Canadian mezzo-soprano Carolyn Sproule in the title role and tenor Jean-Michel Richer as Don José.
All the season’s mainstage productions are conducted by Timothy Vernon and presented at Victoria’s Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street.
Pacific Opera Victoria’s Baumann Centre is the venue for two 21st century Canadian works.
Missing, a groundbreaking chamber opera by Métis playwright Marie Clements and Juno-winning composer Brian Current, returns for two performances only, on November 1 and 2 before it tours to Regina and Prince George. Missing gives voice, in English and Gitxsan, to the story of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women. Originally co-commissioned by Pacific Opera and City Opera Vancouver, Missing premiered in 2017 to sold-out performances and calls for this compelling opera to be seen across Canada.
The Flight of the Hummingbird, an important new opera for young audiences and families, is a touching exploration of environmental activism, moral courage, and personal responsibility.
The opera is based on the best-selling book by Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. With libretto and creative design by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and Barry Gilson and music by French-Canadian composer Maxime Goulet, Hummingbird has been co-commissioned by Pacific Opera and Vancouver Opera and will tour schools throughout British Columbia in Spring 2020. Public performances will be presented at the Baumann Centre in March 2020.
Rebecca Hass wins Community Leadership Award
Congratulations to Rebecca Hass on winning the 2019 Victoria Community Leadership Award for Arts & Culture. Leadership Victoria celebrates community leaders and recognizes those who have made a lasting contribution to the Greater Victoria communities.
Rebecca was nominated by Steven Lorenzo Baileys, Community Development Coordinator at the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, who cited her collaboration with a range of arts and culture organizations to take a leadership role in promoting diversity and ensuring the voices and stories of visible minorities, Indigenous people, and others are reflected in the arts and culture of our region.
As Director of Community Engagement at Pacific Opera Victoria, Rebecca has fostered diverse arts and culture programs and activities, including hosting a refugee rights panel event; organizing seminars on inclusion and diversity in the arts; and hosting a series of multicultural events for diverse communities.
A member of the Métis Nation, Rebecca is an active singer, actor, freelance writer, radio documentary creator, broadcaster and life and performance coach. She has performed with opera companies and symphonies across Canada and has worked with the Canadian College of Performing Arts, the Victoria Conservatory of Music, University of Victoria, UBC, and Opera Nuova. A writer and broadcaster, Rebecca can be heard regularly as guest host and documentary maker on CBC Radio One and Two.
The 2019 Victoria Community Leadership Awards (sponsored by The Victoria Foundation) are Leadership Victoria’s premier awards event to celebrate community leadership and recognize those who have made a lasting contribution to the Greater Victoria communities.
Rebecca, along with other winners of the 2019 Victoria Community Leadership Awards, was honoured at an event at Government House in May 2019.
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