VANCOUVER OPERA ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 SEASON
Season opens with universally loved La Bohème
Christopher Gaze and Judith Forst star in The Pirates of Penzance,
conducted by Jonathan Darlington
VO’s acclaimed First Nations-inspired The Magic Flute returns
Canadian premiere of Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul
In order of presentation, VO's 53rd season will include Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème (October 20 - 28, 2012), Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance (December 1 - 9, 2012), VO's First Nations-inspired production of W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute (March 9 - 17, 2013) and the Canadian premiere of Academy Award®-winning composer Tan Dun's Tea: A Mirror of Soul (May 4 - 11, 2013). Three of the four productions will include matinée performances.
Christopher Gaze will play Major-General Stanley and Judith Forst will sing Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance. Mr. Gaze will also stage-direct the production, with assistance from associate director and choreographer Allison Grant. "The piece is a jewel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s crown and in the right hands, the wit in both the libretto and the music can still bring the house down," says Jonathan Darlington, Vancouver Opera's music director, who will conduct both The Pirates of Penzance and Tea: A Mirror of Soul. "VO has assembled a great team of personalities who have contributed so much over the years to Vancouver’s cultural life and I’m sure the end result will be a riot.”
In announcing the season, VO’s General Director, James W. Wright, said, “We are proud to present four productions of great variety, excitement and surprise. The strong receptions for our recent productions of West Side Story, Lillian Alling and Nixon in China have shown us that our audiences want compelling, innovative options along with traditional operas. I believe that the 2012-2013 offerings will display Vancouver Opera’s versatility, our artistic strengths, and our ability to connect widely and deeply with our community."
For casting details and to learn more, read the entire press release here!