It's an opera of firsts: when City Opera stages the work Pauline next year, it will mark author Margaret Atwood's first foray into the art form, and, as announced today, it will also see director Norman Armour's debut at the helm of such a production.
We can also assume it will be the first opera at the new York Theatre on Commercial Drive when Pauline premieres there in May 2014. (The 371-seat facility, a renovated heritage theatre that's going to be overseen by the Cultch, is slated to open this fall.)
Atwood's new libretto happens to be set in Vancouver, in the West End in 1913 during the final week of poet Pauline Johnson’s life. The music is by Tobin Stokes, whose operatic credits include Rattenbury, Fallujah, and The Vinedressers.
Armour heads up the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and has directed hit theatre productions here like Rumble Productions and Theatre Conspiracy's 2009 rendition of Blackbird.