A high-flying comedy and a touching story of our time.
An airport is a place to get away from. But it becomes a place for unexpected encounters when a group of travelers and airport workers are grounded overnight by a storm. Inspired by the true story of a refugee who lived in an airport for 18 years, Flight is surprisingly playful, sometimes risqué – and it frequently soars into sheer poetry.
Flight Takes Off: Video Trailer 1
A 20thc. opera about people with places to go and lives to change, Flight launched Jonathan Dove as one of today’s most acclaimed composers. Pacific Opera’s production – a Canadian première – will be directed and designed by the renowned team of Morris Panych and Ken MacDonald, who created our 2016 production of The Barber of Seville.
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2019 | 2020
English with English Surtitles
Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton
April De Angelis
Fight Director, Movement
Projection & Sound Designer
Flying High with Flight: Video Trailer 2
A production of great energy, commitment, and accomplishment on all levels...
Dove’s writing for ensembles is fabulous, with segments of polyphony that send shivers up and down the spine, and the cast—excellent from top to bottom—as well as the orchestra under conductor Timothy Vernon, delivered them beautifully. The composer’s arias, too, are all extremely effective, allowing each ensemble member at least one moment to shine.
Of those arias, and their singers, three stood out...
Allyson McHardy...with her warm and chocolaty mezzo....
Sharleen Joynt...with moments of Queen of the Night-like glory.... when she fully unleashes her coloratura to sing with and against the storm, she borders on otherworldly....
William Towers’...resonant and powerful upper range and exquisite tone make the [Refugee's] aria a jewel.
Robin Miller, Opera Canada. Read more
One of the best productions Pacific Opera Victoria has ever done…it was something truly special…it delivers, thanks to a complicated but deliciously melodic and pleasing score coupled with this intelligent and compassionate libretto....
It's ethereal, it's powerful...it was all fresh and...new – isn't that really what art is supposed to be about?
David Lennam, CBC Radio On the Island. Listen
Opera traditionalists loath to leave the friendly skies of Verdi, Mozart and Puccini have nothing to fear with Flight. The three-hour romp is wonderfully accessible, boasting lovely, simple melodies and a witty libretto that’s both broadly comic and touching….
Director Morris Panych oversees the proceedings with the correct balance of irreverence and sensitivity.
Flight benefits enormously from Ken MacDonald’s stylish airport set…. And Dana Osborne’s bold 1960s costumes (go-go boots, B-52 hairstyles) are an unqualified hoot….
…Panych and…MacDonald present a unified, boldly theatrical interpretation of Flight that stays true to its creators’ vision.
This is engaging magic realism, unafraid of earthy bawdiness yet also tuned into life’s absurdity, fragility and tragic beauty...
Flight is, in short, a delight.
Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist. Read more
Pacific Opera Victoria gives Flight a first-class staging with an exceptional cast of singers, stylish design and enjoyable execution of a score and story that is...fun and complex. And...sexy.
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Jonathan Dove endeavours to see as many versions of Flight as possible... Selfishly, I wrote a piece that I wanted to go see.... What's been the most surprising thing is realizing that the plight of refugees is more present now than when I wrote the piece. And that’s unusual for it to become actually more topical.
Mike Devlin, Times Colonist. Read more
Video excerpts and brief interview with stage director Morris Panych.
Watch (Story begins at the 24:20 mark.)
Rather than just a story about a refugee stuck in an airport, it’s a much denser story about existentialism and how much freedom you really have, said [director Morris] Panych. How much ability do you really have to escape?
Mark McKelvie, Opera Canada Magazine. Read more
Jonathan Dove’s timely, darkly comedic and moving modern opera, Flight…makes its Canadian première....
Artistic director Timothy Vernon...says. It’s a great story, a very touching story. There’s lots of sex in it, and there is also a deeper, more sinister undertow regarding the plight of the refugee.
Joseph Blake, Monday Magazine. Read more