Pop Up Opera

Aug 30, 2020 2:00pm

Venue Various

Cost Free

Opera Takes to the Streets!

Opera Singers are jumping in a hybrid-electric van and taking opera to the community. All summer, singers from Pacific Opera will be travelling and performing in public spaces throughout the Capital Regional District four days per week – Saturday, Sunday and two weekdays.

Pop Up Opera features one or two singers accompanied by recorded tracks created by pianist Robert Holliston. Each day the singer(s) will pop up in four or five spots for 10 minutes of music. Pop Up Operas will take place in neighbourhoods, on street corners, in parks, and outside retirement residences and care facilities.

One location that allows for easy access and social distancing will be announced online each performance day. Check this page or Pacific Opera’s Social Media or email paul@pacificopera.ca for details.

Care residences may also request a Pop Up Opera performance by emailing paul@pacificopera.ca.

Pop Up Opera also takes requests. Pop Up Opera Postcards are short, live performances available for delivery in Greater Victoria. Those requesting a free Pop Up Opera Postcard for someone special can select from a list of opera repertoire. Requests should be submitted to paul@pacificopera.ca

Pacific Opera has engaged nine local opera artists for the Pop Up Opera series:
Louis Dillon
Kyla Fradette
Alana Hayes
Ai Horton
Abby Schuliger
Anna Shill
Cassidy Stahr
Jan Van der Hooft
Allison Ward

Enjoy a taste of Pop Up Opera in some of Victoria’s most beautiful locations!

Join soprano Ai Horton on the grounds of Victoria’s Craigdarroch Castle as she performs The Fields are Full, a setting by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs of the poem by Edward Shanks. Robert Holliston accompanies on piano.
Produced by Roll.Focus Productions.

Enjoy a performance by Bass baritone Louis Dillon at Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Louis sings the beautiful song Whither Must I Wander by Ralph Vaughan Williams, accompanied by pianist Robert Holliston.
Produced by Roll.Focus Productions.

Be enraptured by soprano Anna Shill’s performance at Ogden Point as she sings Benjamin Britten’s variation of The Ash Grove, a traditional Welsh folk song. Robert Holliston accompanies on piano.
Produced by Roll.Focus Productions.

Watch and listen to Bass baritone Louis Dillon at Fisherman’s Wharf, where he wonderfully performs Mattinata by Ruggero Leoncavallo with a piano accompaniment by Robert Holliston.
Produced by Roll.Focus Productions.

Savour soprano Ai Horton’s performance at the Inner Harbour. Ai sings the wonderful aria Vedrai Carino from Don Giovanni
Robert Holliston accompanies on piano.
Produced by Roll.Focus Productions.

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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy physically distanced opera! We hope Pop Up Opera brought art and music to your life during these difficult times.