A Reimagined Season
Pacific Opera is reimagining the 2020/21 opera season to conform to the requirements of British Columbia’s Restart Plan. As activities requiring large gatherings are impossible for the foreseeable future, we have postponed the opera productions that were to be performed at Victoria’s Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse.
We continue to work with artists to prepare for a future season that will include Carmen, Death in Venice, and Don Giovanni as soon as it is safe and responsible to gather once again at the Royal Theatre. In the meantime, our singers and musicians will polish and prepare their roles from home, while our directors, designers and craftspeople will work ahead under safe conditions in the Opera Shop to design and create the staging, sets, and costumes for these productions.
The planned production of Wagner’s Die Walküre will need to be moved to a future season due to the extraordinary preparations required by artists and orchestra. We are also planning future date for the Spanish baroque opera, Los Elementos, and the new family opera The Flight of the Hummingbird.
Please read on for a taste of what is in store in the coming months and beyond …
Carmen by Georges Bizet
Postponed from the 2019/20 season, Carmen will return – as bewitching as ever! Instantly recognizable and utterly unforgettable, this opera brims with audacious harmonies and irresistible melodies that have earned their place in popular culture. As for the character of Carmen herself, there is no one quite like her. Wilful, charismatic, fiercely independent, she defies the razor-thin line between love and hatred, desire and death.
Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten
Benjamin Britten’s final opera, Death in Venice is a haunting meditation on art, beauty, and mortality, blending opera, dance, and a strikingly diverse musical palette. A burnt-out, middle-aged writer travels to Venice to recapture his creativity. As cholera threatens the city, he falls under the thrall of a beautiful boy and loses himself in an abyss of loneliness and desire.
Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart
Don Giovanni is 230-year-old proof that #MeToo is nothing new and that opera can be both dazzling and relevant to our time. The libertine with a catalogue of conquests has been around forever, and women have long been speaking up and demanding justice. An arresting mix of comedy, melodrama, and tragedy, with music as sublime and seductive as anything Mozart ever wrote, Don Giovanni has quite rightly been called the opera of all operas.
Expect the unexpected!
Although the 2020/21 Opera Season cannot proceed as originally planned, we will bring you opera during the coming months – not in the form you are used to, but in ways that are safe and full of the surprise and delight you have come to expect from Pacific Opera. We are finding new ways to invest in creativity, share it with you, and support the artists whose livelihoods depend on it.
Already available online is a host of free programs, with new content popping up every Friday. Watch, listen, learn, and laugh as Opera Etc. Online treats you to Acoustic Afternoons, Inside Opera, Lunchbox Opera, Listening Party Podcasts, and Handwashing Arias.
Hummingbird, Bear, Bunny, and Owl (and the Crows) will return for live public and school performances of The Flight of the Hummingbird as soon as they can. Meanwhile, a video of this enchanting opera is available for your viewing delight, along with online learning activities, interviews with the creators, and much more!
There’s more to follow! Watch for broadcasts of recent Pacific Opera productions, new operas created for the small screen, sidewalk performances of Pop-up Opera, and chamber performances streamed online from the Baumann Centre. We’re also taking this time to advance the art form by supporting artists with residencies, mentorships, and training and by commissioning new operas for the future.
Online and Offline…
Physically Distant | Socially Connected | Creatively Inspired