Vancouver Opera Festival events you won’t want to miss

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      Russian White Nights: Opera Arias From 18th Century St. Petersburg

      Vancouver Opera Festival and Early Music Vancouver are preparing to transport you back to the elegant era of 1700s St. Petersburg, when its lavish opera house showed off the then Russian capital’s cultural riches to the rest of Europe. In the concert, sparkling soprano Karina Gauvin (shown here) will perform little-known arias from the era. Under the baton of Alexander Weimann and accompanied by his celebrated Pacific Baroque Orchestra, she’ll show the work of forgotten composers who deserve a place in history—many of whom infused their baroque and classical creations with Russian flair.

      Vancouver Opera and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra present Russian White Nights: Opera Arias From 18th Century St. Petersburg at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on May 6.


      Man With a Movie Camera

      One of Russia’s greatest silent films screens for free during opening-day celebrations.
      April 28 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza

      Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf

      Leslie Dala directs the family favourite in a kid-friendly concert.
      May 5 at the Vancouver Playhouse

      Requiem for a Lost Girl

      A chamber musical tackles local homelessness with a chorus familiar with the streets.
      May 4 and 6 at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre

      A Russian Songfest

      Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, and other greats, sung by VO training grads.
      May 2 at the Vancouver Playhouse

      A Musical Tribute to Anna Akhmatova

      The likes of Taverner and Prokofiev pay homage to the Russian poet.
      April 28 at CBC Studio 700