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Thursday, August 1, 2013


Once again, Vancouver Opera will be bringing opera to travellers from all over the world! Soprano Sheila Christie and tenor Kwangmin Brian Lee will perform love songs and duets, accompanied by pianist Tina Chang at the Vancouver International Airport this month.

YVR is a long time supporter of Vancouver Opera and was our Production Sponsor for last season's The Magic Flute. In 2013-2014, YVR will be our Production Sponsor for the company premiere of Britten's Albert Herring, on stage November 30 - December 8.

Sheila, Brian and Tina will be performing on Friday August 9 and Friday August 23, between 11:00am and 2:00pm at various locations in the International Terminal. Listen for selections from Tosca, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, and more - as well as lighter repertoire like Summertime and La vie en rose.

Soprano Sheila Christie holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia and has appeared with Vancouver Opera, Burnaby Lyric Opera, Usti and Labem City Opera, the UBC Opera Ensemble, the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra. She was semi-finalist in The Third Annual China (Ningbo) International Vocal Competition and has received an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a Vancouver Opera Guild grant for a promising BC singer, and the Joe Boxer Memorial Fund award from Vancouver Opera. Sheila looks forward to participating in the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program with VO this coming season.

Kwangmin Brian Lee is from Seoul, South Korea. He has sung with VO for several years, in the VO Chorus, on the mainstage, and with Vancouver Opera In Schools touring productions. He was last seen on the mainstage in the chorus of The Pirates of Penzance, and before that, delighted audiences as Parpignol, the toy seller in 2012's La bohème.
Born in Taiwan, Tina Chang immigrated to Vancouver, Canada with her family when she was nine. She completed her undergraduate degree in music at UBC and her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Minnesota. Currently on the music staff at Vancouver Opera as répétiteur and coach, Tina has also been pianist and coach with the Atelier lyrique at the Opéra de Montréal and pianist and music director for the San Diego Opera Ensemble. She has also toured with Vancouver Opera In Schools. This summer will see Tina as coach and repetiteur at Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis.

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