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Vancouver Opera’s Dark Sisters
November 26, 2015 - December 12, 2015
Religious and political tension, media hysteria and the lives of six women facing threats to their children, their family and the only way of life they’ve ever known are at the heart of Dark Sisters, Nico Muhly’s opera about life in a fundamentalist community.
Dark Sisters enters the lives of six women living under extreme pressures in a polygamist community of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS). Co-commissioned by the Gotham Chamber Opera, The Music-Theater Group and Opera Philadelphia, Dark Sisters is by New York based composer Nico Muhly, creator of the much acclaimed Two Boys. The libretto is by the Pulitzer Prize shortlisted playwright and screenwriter Stephen Karam.
The opera is inspired by two famous raids on FLDS compounds: one in 1953 at Short Creek, Arizona and the second at the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado, Texas in 2008, in which children were seized based on allegations of abuse.
Thursday, November 26 • 7:30pm • opening night
Friday, November 27 • 7:30pm
Saturday, November 28 • 7:30pm
Thursday, December 3 • 7:30pm
Friday, December 4 • 7:30pm
Saturday, December 5 • 7:30pm
Sunday, December 6 • 2:00pm matinée
Thursday, December 10 • 7:30pm
Saturday, December 12 • 7:30pm • closing night