Vancouver Opera announces hard-hitting lineup for its 65th season

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      According to a cursory Google search, the 65-year-anniversary milestone doesn’t have a universally agreed-upon symbol. (Whatever websites claim it’s blue sapphire: that’s for 45 years! At least pick a different colour if you’re going to double up on gemstones.) But 65 years is an achievement worth celebrating in style. 

      Which the Vancouver Opera is doing with three hard-hitting productions in its 2024-25 season. 

      “Through dynamic mainstage productions and grassroots outreach, Vancouver Opera is celebrating all-time operatic triumphs for our 65th anniversary,” says Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera general director, in a press statement. “We’re excited to honour decades of contributions from international trailblazers and Canadian arts scene stalwarts—and hundreds of years of opera history—while contributing some bold new ideas and energy of our own.”

      The season kicks off in fall with Die Fladermaus, Strauss’ mischievous operetta that’s full of rousing party spirit. It’s directed by Ashlie Corcoran, Arts Club’s artistic director, marking her second season opener in a row after this year’s whimsical Magic Flute.

      Next February, Flight shows off what contemporary opera can do. Inspired by the true story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, who lived in a Paris airport for 16 years, Jonathan Dove’s 1998 three-act work mixes comedy and pathos to create a propulsive, engaging production.

      Rounding out the season next spring is Madama Butterfly, Puccini’s passionate portrayal of love and lost connection. Starring Tokyo-born soprano Yasko Sato as Cio-Cio-San, the eponymous Madama Butterfly moves through a rich tapestry of emotions in Puccini’s powerful, seductive arias.

      Besides the three productions all set to show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (with English surtitles projected above the stage), Vancouver Opera will present another edition of its popular Opera in the Park event on July 14. The free all-ages show in Deer Lake Park, led by the company’s music director Jacques Lacombe, mixes afternoon activities with an evening of operatic performances. 

      Tickets go on sale for next season on July 2. Find out more about all of Vancouver Opera’s productions here

      Vancouver Opera 2024-25 season 

      When: October 26 to November 3, 2024 (Die Fladermaus); February 8 to 16, 2025 (Flight); April 26 to May 4, 2025 (Madama Butterfly)

      Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver)