The Vancouver Opera has just announced its 2013-14 season, and it features two hugely popular warhorses, an ode to Benjamin Britten's 100th birthday, and a Giuseppe Verdi work that hasn't been staged here in 41 years.
The season opens with Giacomo Puccini's masterpiece Tosca (October 26 and 31, and November 1, 2, and 3), boasting sopranos Michele Capalbo and Julie Makerov taking turns on the lead role. Joseph McClain, whose last appearance with VO was 2009's Salome, will direct.
Next up is the Vancouver Opera premiere of Benjamin Britten's satirical comedy Albert Herring (November 30, and December 5, 7, and 8), with the title role of the overprotected grocer's son sung by American-born Canadian tenor Lawrence Wiliford. Sally Dibblee and Rebecca Haas, last seen here in Nixon in China, also join the cast of this parody of small-town Britain set to striking 20th-century music. Former Vancouver Playhouse artistic director Glynis Leyshon directs.
In March, the VO mounts Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's perennially popular Don Giovanni (March 1, 6, 7, 8, and 9, 2014) in high multimedia style, with video designs by renowned digital artist Bob Bonniol. Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch sings the role of the lead womanizer, with Krisztina Szabó and Leslie Ann Bradley sharing the role of Don Elvira.
And the season closes with the first production of Verdi's grand-scaled Don Carlos (May 3, 8, 10, and 11, 2014) here in 41 years. This one comes with a real Italian pedigree: tenor Andrea Care, a former student of Luciano Pavarotti himself, tackles the lead role of the son who invokes his king-father's wrath over the love of a French princess. Michael Cavanagh directs.
In other news, beginning with the 2013-2014 season, all Vancouver Opera productions will have matinée performances, replacing Tuesday performances, which will be discontinued.
Subscriptions for Vancouver Opera’s 2013-2014 Season are on sale at the VO Ticket Centre, 604-683-0222.