This morning, Vancouver Opera staff came to work in our new all-inclusive opera centre, The Michael & Inna O’Brian Centre for Vancouver Opera.
Located at 1945 McLean Drive (at 3rd Avenue, one block east of Clark), the O’Brian Centre for Vancouver Opera houses orchestra and chorus rehearsal space, a vocal and instrumental coaching room, costuming department, scenery and properties storage and workshop, meeting rooms, and all administrative offices including box office and call centre.
Thanks to Inna and Michael O’Brian for their generous gift in support of this exciting new space; we will be recognizing other generous donors as well in the weeks ahead.
After starting the morning gorging on pastries from Fratelli Authentic Italian Baking and receiving a brief orientation (where are the coffee filters? the recycling bins? my desk?) we all have begun unpacking and getting organized.
The wardrobe department move is huge: boxes and boxes of dresses and ball gowns, fabrics, sewing machines, lace, buttons, top hats, feathers…. The library move is heavy: imagine hundreds of CDs, piano/vocal scores, orchestra music, and a smattering of LPs…. More on these areas and others in a future posting. For now, we are happy to be here, to have our computers and phones up and running, and to have navigated a commuter route to our new home!