Vancouver Opera

Event Listings

Our upcoming events are listed below:


L'Elisir d'amore
2017-2018 Season
L'Elisir d'amore
The Elixir of Love
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
January 25, & 27 at 7:30pm
January 21 at 2:00pm

Music: Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Felice Romani Conductor: Jonathan Darlington Director: Brenna Corner after James Robinson

Cast and creative teams

Nemorino: Andrew Haji
Adina: Ying Fang
Dulcamara: Stephen Hegedus
Belcore: Brett Polegato

Conductor: Jonathan Darlington
Director: Brenna Corner after James Robinson
Set designer: Allen Moyer
Costumer Designer: Martin Pakledinaz
Revival Costume Designer: Amanda Seymour
Lighting Designer: Harry Frehner
Chorus Master: Les Dala

With Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus

About L’Elisir d’amore
L’Elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) is a two-act romantic comedy in which a poor and hapless young man eventually wins the hand of the rich and educated town beauty. The love potion of the title unlocks the secret desires of all the main characters, and along the way the plot takes many amusing twists and turns.
The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, including 1 intermission.

Sung in Italian with English and Chinese SURTITLES
Sun 1/21/18 2:00PM Queen Elizabeth Theatre L'Elisir d'amore
Thu 1/25/18 7:30PM Queen Elizabeth Theatre L'Elisir d'amore
Sat 1/27/18 7:30PM Queen Elizabeth Theatre L'Elisir d'amore



2017-2018 Season
Voices of The Pacific Rim
Tue 1/23/18 7:00PM Queen Elizabeth Theatre Voices of The Pacific Rim


The Overcoat
2017-2018 Season
The Overcoat
The Overcoat – a musical tailoring
Vancouver Playhouse
April 28 & 29 | May 4, 9, 10, 11, & 12 at 7:30pm
May 2, 5, & 6 at 2:00pm

Music: James Rolfe Libretto: Morris Panych Conductor: Leslie Dala Director: Morris Panych

Cast and creative teams

Akakiy: Geoffrey Sirett
Petrovich: Peter McGillivray

Conductor: Leslie Dala
Director: Morris Panych
Set Designer: Ken MacDonald
Costumer Designer: Nancy Bryant
Lighting Designer: Alan Brodie

With Vancouver Opera Orchestra

About The Overcoat – a musical tailoring
A much anticipated co-production with Toronto’s Canadian Stage Company and Tapestry Opera, The Overcoat – a musical tailoring is an operatic reinterpretation Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling's 1998 smash-hit play, The Overcoat . With a libretto from Morris Panych and music composed by Canadian Composer, James Rolfe, this production reunites the original creative team. Morris Panych is the director, with choreography by Wendy Gorling, set design by Ken MacDonald. costume design by Nancy Bryant, and lighting design by Alan Brodie. This extremely important work, addresses the universal human need for compassion and our unfortunate tendency to deny it. The Overcoat: an Opera is so much more than the story of an office worker whose life is turned upside down when he’s robbed of his new overcoat. “Panych and Gorling... have delivered a work that grows richer on each subsequent viewing, a creation that combines laughter with pathos and exhilaration with despair.” – Toronto Star (on 2007’s The Overcoat). The work will debut at the Bluma Appel Theatre in March 2017 before coming to the Vancouver Playhouse - where the original creation premiered 20 years ago.
The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes, including 1 intermission.

Sung in English with English SURTITLES
Sat 4/28/18 7:30PM Vancouver Playhouse The Overcoat - a musical tailoring
Sun 4/29/18 7:30PM Vancouver Playhouse The Overcoat - a musical tailoring
Wed 5/2/18 2:00PM Vancouver Playhouse The Overcoat - a musical tailoring
Fri 5/4/18 7:30PM Vancouver Playhouse The Overcoat - a musical tailoring
Sat 5/5/18 2:00PM Vancouver Playhouse The Overcoat - a musical tailoring
Sun 5/6/18 2:00PM Vancouver Playhouse The Overcoat - a musical tailoring
Wed 5/9/18 7:30PM Vancouver Playhouse The Overcoat - a musical tailoring
Thu 5/10/18 7:30PM Vancouver Playhouse The Overcoat - a musical tailoring
Fri 5/11/18 7:30PM Vancouver Playhouse The Overcoat - a musical tailoring
Sat 5/12/18 7:30PM Vancouver Playhouse The Overcoat - a musical tailoring


Eugene Onegin
2017-2018 Season
Eugene Onegin
Eugene Onegin
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 3 & 5 at 7:30pm
April 29 at 2:00pm

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Libretto: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and KS Shilovsky after Pushkin Conductor: Jonathan Darlington Director: Tom Diamond

Cast and creative teams

Onegin: Konstantin Shushakov
Tatiana: Svetlana Aksenova
Lensky: Maxim Aksenov
Conductor: Jonathan Darlington
Director: Tom Diamond
Set Designer: Scott Reid
Lighting Designer: Harry Frehner
Chorus Master: Kinza Tyrrell

With Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus

About Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is Russian Lyric Opera at its finest – based on the plot of Pushkin’s verse novel, Eugene Onegin features an emotional tale packed with breathtaking music, choreography, and a duel that will render the audience speechless. Tchaikovsky, as always, brings many symphonic elements to Eugene Onegin including lavish orchestrations and stunning arias in what he described as “seven lyrical scenes”.
The performance will last approximately 3 hours, including 1 intermission.

Sung in Russian with English SURTITLES
Sun 4/29/18 2:00PM Queen Elizabeth Theatre Eugene Onegin
Thu 5/3/18 7:30PM Queen Elizabeth Theatre Eugene Onegin
Sat 5/5/18 7:30PM Queen Elizabeth Theatre Eugene Onegin


CBC Studio 700 Composer Series
Sat 4/28/18 5:00PM CBC Studio 700 Chamber music by James Rolfe
Sun 4/29/18 5:00PM CBC Studio 700 Musical Tribute to Anna Akhmat
Thu 5/3/18 5:00PM CBC Studio 700 Tchaikovsky/Russian Composers
Fri 5/4/18 5:00PM CBC Studio 700 Rachmaninoff & Shostakovich
Sat 5/5/18 5:00PM CBC Studio 700 Bergmann Piano Duo


Jonathan Darlington & Friends
Tue 5/1/18 7:30PM Vancouver Playhouse Jonathan Darlington Tribute


Young Artists Programming
2017-2018 Season
Young Artists Programming
Wed 5/2/18 7:30PM Vancouver Playhouse Young Artists Concert


Requiem for A Lost Girl
2017-2018 Season
Requiem for A Lost Girl
Fri 5/4/18 7:30PM Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Requiem for A Lost Girl
Sun 5/6/18 2:00PM Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Requiem for A Lost Girl


Peter and the Wolf
2017-2018 Season
Peter and the Wolf
Sat 5/5/18 10:00AM Vancouver Playhouse Peter and the Wolf
Sat 5/5/18 11:30AM Vancouver Playhouse Peter and the Wolf