21 Mar 2020

Measha Brueggergosman Launches Urgnt

Artists are often called upon to donate their time and work for fundraisers, community events. Once again, they are stepping to the plate to buoy our spirits in lockdown. A new series – Urgnt Live – is ‘an ad hoc crowd-funded livestream series in empty venues created in response to the

14 Aug 2018

Puccini to Rossini

In February of 1896, music critic Carlo Bersezio delivered his verdict on the first performance of Puccini’s new opera, La Bohème, in Turin. ‘La Bohème, even as it leaves little impression on the minds of the audience, will leave no great trace upon the history of our lyric theater, and

06 May 2018

Vancouver Opera Backstage

It was the night before the opening of Lady Macbeth and Parvin Mirhady, Head of Wardrobe for The Vancouver Opera, had all the costumes ready to go. Then, she got the call: the leading lady was coming down with a sore throat, her replacement might need to go on instead.

28 Apr 2017

Erin Wall Q/A

Once alive with hope and love – now in the dust dying. Some call it opera’s greatest tragedy. When Iago inflames the jealous Otello, it is Desdemona who pays with her life. Shakespeare’s story comes brilliantly to stage through the music of Giuseppe Verdi and the lyrics of Arrigo Boito.

23 Feb 2016

Laura Widgett

We first saw Laura Widgett at Chor Leoni’s At Home, a fundraiser held in a home of all homes: Vancouver’s Casa Mia. Erick Lichte had already led his male lions through an ever-brilliant performance. MC Fred Lee had instructed all of the attendees to grab their drinks and gather close. We

18 Dec 2015

Lina And Piero

You know her face. Not because of her achievements as a Metropolitan Opera singer in the early 1900’s. Not because of her remarkable Italian life story: parents killed when she was 15, adopted by a Roman Catholic orphanage until she ran away with a theatre group, married a Russian Prince, killed alongside her

23 Aug 2015

Simone Osborne’s Gilda

‘P.S: As soon as you get this let­ter, put on your skates; run about the city and find some­one of influ­ence to get us per­mis­sion to do Le roi s’amuse. Don’t go to sleep; give your­self a good shake; do it at once.’ So wrote Giuseppe Verdi to his librettist, Francisco