Current | Clements

Nov 01, 2019 7:00pm

Nov 02, 2019 7:00pm

Venue Baumann Centre

Duration 1hr 45mins

A story everyone knows
… from the vantage of a woman we must remember

A new chamber opera by Métis playwright Marie Clements and Juno-winning composer Brian Current, Missing gives voice, in English and Gitksan, to the stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Set in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and along the Highway of Tears, Missing is a poetic expression of loss and hope.

Missing is an extraordinarily moving and thought-provoking work… a magnificent mélange of singing, acting and music that, one hopes, will be seen by audiences across Canada and the world. – The Whole Note

Co-produced by Pacific Opera Victoria and City Opera Vancouver, the opera, developed over two and a half years, had its world première in Vancouver and Victoria in November 2017.

On Tour

Victoria     TICKETS >

November 1 and 2 – 7:00pm    The Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road, Victoria, BC

Regina     TICKETS >

November 8 and 9 – 7:30pm    Regina Performing Arts Centre, 1077 Angus St, Regina, SK

Prince George

November 15, 17 – 7:00pm and November 16 – 2:00pm    Uda Dune Baiyoh, 355 Vancouver St, Prince George, BC

2019 | 2020

Sung In
English and Gitksan with surtitles

$35 | $15 Student

Baumann Centre


Estimated Run Time: 1hr 45mins

Pre-performance talk: n/a

Performance in one Act 1hr 45mins


Creative Team

Marie Clements

Brian Current

Timothy Long

Peter Hinton

Set and Projection Designer
Andy Moro

Costume Designer
Carmen Thompson

Lighting Designer
John Webber

Sound Designer
Sandy Scofield

Gitxsan Translations and Coach
Vincent Gogag

Gitxsan IPA Transcriptions
Michael David Schwan

Paula Danckert


Native Girl
Joanna Burt

Dr. Wilson
Marion Newman

Native Mother
Rose-Ellen Nichols

Kyle Lehmann

...an extraordinarily moving and thought-provoking work, and a milestone for the opera world. - The Whole Note

...soars and plummets in unison with the fierce complexity of emotions that are brought to bear through the telling of this tragic tale - Opera Canada


Above: Scenes from the 2017 world  première production of Missing

2017 CBC Radio Interview with Marion Newman
Mezzo-soprano Marion Newman discusses her role and the use of the beautiful Gitksan language in the 2017 production of Missing, an opera that shines a light on missing and murdered Indigenous women.

2016 CBC Radio Interview with Marie Clements
Marie Clements talks about the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and how opera can accomplish something new in telling this very human story. A 2016 interview on CBC's Early Edition, before the opera was written.

Selected media
Selected press coverage and reviews of the 2017 world première of Missing, co-produced by City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria