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Monday, March 4, 2013

Prepping for the Opera America Conference in Vancouver

Bruce Wright, James Wright and Marc Scorca
Vancouver Opera is hosting the Opera America international conference May 8-11, preceded by the Colloquium on Canadian Co-production May 6 and 7.

More than 400 opera professionals, trustees and volunteers will come to Vancouver, which last hosted the conference in 1999.

In preparation for the conference, OperaAmerica President and CEO Marc Scorca visited Vancouver last Thursday and Friday for a "site visit", checking out venues, including the Hyatt Hotel, the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, and other sites. 

He met with Vancouver Opera's senior management team as well as VO board members. He also timed the walk from one venue to another as many of the delegates will do - and he did so in the midst of Friday's deluge. In spite of Thursday and Friday's weather, Scorca pronounced himself extremely excited about the conference returning to Vancouver later this spring!

Even with a heavy schedule off site visit to-dos, he managed to squeeze in a scrumptious dinner at Kirin Restaurant on Alberni Street with Vancouver Foundation Chair Bruce Wright and VO's James Wright before taking the red-eye back to New York City Friday night.

- James Wright
General Director, Vancouver Opera

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