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Inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival
April 28, 2017 - May 13, 2017
Full-scale productions of Giuseppe Verdi’s late-career masterpiece Otello, featuring powerful tenor Clifton Forbis in the title role, and Jake Heggie’s modern classic Dead Man Walking, with charismatic bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch as Joseph De Rocher, will be presented in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Award-winning set designer Erhard Rom, who created VO’s internationally renowned 2010 production of Nixon in China, is the scenic designer for both productions.
Mozart’s magnificent The Marriage of Figaro, at the Vancouver Playhouse, will feature a terrific cast of emerging stars, sets designed by Vancouver’s multi-Jessie-Award-winning Drew Facey (Stickboy, 2014) and contemporary costumes by Canadian fashion designer Sid Neigum, who is receiving international attention for his bold geometric creations.
In addition to the core opera productions, the 16-day Vancouver Opera Festival will offer a new VO-commissioned visual art installation, performances by superb vocal artists, new collaborations with other Vancouver arts organizations, a massive choral extravaganza, and engaging, immersive experiences for people of all ages.
The Vancouver Opera Festival will take place at three venues in downtown Vancouver: the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Vancouver Playhouse, and in the 500-plus-seat Festival Tent, which will be erected on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza.
Tickets are currently on sale for all operas in VO’s 2016-2017 season, including the three festival operas, through the VO Ticket Centre 604-683-0222 or online at www.vancouveropera.ca