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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Vancouver Opera Announces 2010-2011 Season

Highlights include the world premire of a new Canadian opera, the appearance of legendary British director Sir Jonathan Miller, the return of Eglise Gutirrez, and the Vancouver premire of Mozarts La Clemenza di Tito

Vancouver, BC ~ The world premire of a brand-new VO-commissioned opera, the appearance of the prodigiously talented stage director Sir Jonathan Miller, the return of one of operas most coveted sopranos, and the Vancouver premire of Mozarts rarely-performed La Clemenza di Tito are just four highlights of Vancouver Operas 51st season.

VOs 2010-2011 season will include Lillian Alling, by composer John Estacio and librettist John Murrell (October 16 23, 2010); Donizettis moving Lucia di Lammermoor (December 4 11, 2010); Mozarts final opera, La Clemenza di Tito (February 5 12, 2011); and Verdis beloved La Traviata (April 30 May 12, 2011).

Zinns clever set is a white room in classical style with a sliding back panel that can be opened to reveal outside scenes...The four young people are in severe black 18th-century dress in the first act, and after the rebellion against Tito, appear in negative image tattered white costumes of the same design, a metaphor for their faltering fortunes, raved the Globe and Mail.

La Traviata The VO debut of Sir Jonathan Miller

Directing La Traviata will be the inimitable Sir Jonathan Miller, CBE, famed British physician, television presenter, humorist, sculptor, and theatre and opera director. After completing his medical training, Sir Jonathan began his involvement with the stage in 1962 as part of the British comedy revue Beyond the Fringe, alongside Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett.

Since then, Sir Jonathan has enjoyed one of the most stellar careers in modern theatre, directing countless plays (including 11 for the BBCs Shakespeare series) and more than 50 operas at some of the worlds most distinguished venues from La Scala to The Metropolitan Opera.

Sir Millers gorgeous La Traviata, a co-production with Glimmerglass Opera, beautifully focuses on the drama of Verdis beloved drama of passion, intimacy and tragedy.

DATES, STORIES, CASTING DETAILS

The unveiling of a new Canadian opera, Lillian Alling, to launch the 2010-2011 season will be a fitting culmination of our Golden Anniversary celebrations, said VO General Director James W. Wright. I am thrilled to present to Vancouver audiences and to the world this beautiful and captivating new work by Canadas foremost opera-creation team."

Added Wright, We have been working on Lillian Alling with care and love for more than four years, through an extensive creation process that included five workshops. The production is by far the companys largest investment in its fifty-year history and, I believe, a valuable contribution to the future of opera in Canada. I am especially pleased to bring together a creative team with a proven track record of audience-pleasing new operas filled with tuneful arias, big chorus numbers and lush orchestration, all in the service of a literate and fascinating libretto based on the true-life experiences of a very mysterious woman!

The most recent and the final workshop of the music for Lillian Alling took place in December, 2009. Composer John Estacio is currently orchestrating the opera and will complete the score in time for the start of rehearsals in September, 2010.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Lillian Alling - A World Premire

Lillian Alling is the fascinating and often harrowing drama based on legend and a true story of a Russian immigrant as she crosses the continent on foot in the 1920s from New York City into the rugged landscape of northern British Columbia.

Composer John Estacio and librettist John Murrell are the creators of the highly-praised Frobisher and Filumena. The stage director is acclaimed Canadian theatre and opera director Kelly Robinson and the set and costume designer is Toronto-based Sue LePage. The all-Canadian cast will include superstar mezzo-soprano Judith Forst.

Lucia di Lammermoor The Return of Eglise Gutirrez

Having stunned audiences with spine-tingling coloratura in 2009s Rigoletto, Eglise Gutirrez will be back to perform one of the most difficult roles in the soprano repertoire. Gutirrez delivers a ravishing first-act Caro nome, and stellar work thereafter, raved the Vancouver Sun after her VO debut last season.

Her Lucia has been praised widely, including recently by the Florida Sun-Sentinel: Can the human voice box actually issue the soaring trills that Eglise Gutirrez emits in the Florida Grand Opera's production of Lucia di Lammermoor?ĶSet amid murder, madness and a blood-stained wedding dress, Gutirrez's voice swells, ebbs and performs more loop-the-loops than any rollercoaster at Busch Gardens.

Singing alongside her in the role of Raimondo will be Ms.Gutirrezs husband, celebrated bass-baritone Burak Bilgili. American tenor Michael Fabiano, currently appearing in two productions at The Metropolitan Opera, will sing Edgardo, with Canadian baritone Gregory Dahl as Enrico.

The visually splendid production is from San Francisco Opera.

La Clemenza di Tito Vancouver Opera Premire

Canadians rule the stage in the VO premire of Mozarts final and most noble opera, La Clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus). Juno Award-winning tenor John Tessier sings Titus, the Roman emperor whose compassionate nature is a model for modern times. Vitellia is sung by New Brunswick soprano Wendy Neilsen. Toronto-based mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szab sings Sesto, and BC soprano Kathleen Brett, last seen at VOs Golden Anniversary Concert & Gala, sings Servilia.

The dramatic and innovative sets and costumes are the product of one of the most exciting production teams in opera: stage director Chas Rader-Shieber and designer David Zinn.

Zinns clever set is a white room in classical style with a sliding back panel that can be opened to reveal outside scenes...The four young people are in severe black 18th-century dress in the first act, and after the rebellion against Tito, appear in negative image tattered white costumes of the same design, a metaphor for their faltering fortunes, raved the Globe and Mail.

La Traviata The VO debut of Sir Jonathan Miller

Directing La Traviata will be the inimitable Sir Jonathan Miller, CBE, famed British physician, television presenter, humorist, sculptor, and theatre and opera director. After completing his medical training, Sir Jonathan began his involvement with the stage in 1962 as part of the British comedy revue Beyond the Fringe, alongside Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett.

Since then, Sir Jonathan has enjoyed one of the most stellar careers in modern theatre, directing countless plays (including 11 for the BBCs Shakespeare series) and more than 50 operas at some of the worlds most distinguished venues from La Scala to The Metropolitan Opera.

Sir Millers gorgeous La Traviata, a co-production with Glimmerglass Opera, beautifully focuses on the drama of Verdis beloved drama of passion, intimacy and tragedy.

DATES, STORIES, CASTING DETAILS

Lillian Alling Music by John Estacio and Libretto by John Murrell
Sponsored by Teck
In English with SURTITLESTM
October 16, 19, 21, 23, 2010. All performances 7:30pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

In 1927, young Lillian Alling arrives at Ellis Island, New York from Russia in desperate search of Jozf. Penniless, she walks across North America and into the wilds of northwestern BC, following Jozfs elusive path. During her brave trek, she is embraced by a Norwegian farming community in North Dakota, incarcerated in Oakalla Prison Farm near Vancouver, and loved by Scotty, a lineman along BCs telegraph trail.

Principal Cast
Lucia: Eglise Gutirrez
Edgardo: Michael Fabiano
Enrico: Gregory Dahl
Raimondo: Burak Bilgili
Conducted by Jonathan Darlington
Directed by Amiel Gladstone
Set design by Gerard Howland
Co-produced with San Francisco Opera

La Clemenza di Tito by W. A. Mozart
Sponsored by the Vancouver Opera Guild
In Italian with English SURTITLESTM
February 5, 8, 10, 12, 2011. All performances 7:30pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Roman Emperor Tituss compassionate nature is severely tested when Vitellia, daughter of the deposed emperor, conspires to have Titus assassinated because he has passed her over as his wife. When the plot fails and the assassin is charged, Titus does not waver from his noble principles, even when Vitellia, now Tituss intended bride, confesses to the crime.

Principal Cast
Tito: John Tessier
Vitellia: Wendy Neilsen
Servilia: Kathleen Brett
Sesto: Krisztina Szab
Conducted by Jonathan Darlington
Directed by Chas Rader-Shieber
Set and costume design by David Zinn

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Sponsored by Mission Hill Family Estate
In Italian with English SURTITLESTM
April 30, May 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 2011. All performances 7:30pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Parisian courtesan Violetta leads a life of wild indulgence until she discovers the love of Alfredo, a true and good-hearted man. When their relationship threatens to disgrace his well-placed family, Alfredos father privately pressures Violetta to leave, and the couple is torn apart. After bitterness and misunderstanding, they are reunited in forgiveness, but tragically it is too late: Violettas precarious health fails and Alfredo is left alone.

Principal Cast
Violetta: Erin Wall
Alfredo: David Pomeroy
Germont: James Westman
Conducted by Jacques Lacombe
Directed by Sir Jonathan Miller
Set and costume design by Isabella Bywater
Co-produced with Glimmerglass Opera

SUBSCRIPTIONS & TICKETS

Subscriptions for Vancouver Operas 2010-2011 season are now on sale at the VO Ticket Centre, 604-683-0222. Renewing subscribers can renew online or by mail, fax, telephone or in person.

Non-subscription tickets to all performances of the four mainstage productions go on sale August 3, 2010. Visit http://www.vancouveropera.ca/ or call 604-683-0222.


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