Bard on the Beach to Present ‘Opera & Arias: A Celebration’

By David Salazar

Bard on the Beach is set to present “Opera & Arias: A Celebration” on Sept. 12 and 13, 2022.

The Vancouver-based company will showcase four performances with members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the UBC Opera Ensemble led by conductor Leslie Dala. Performances will be hosted by Christopher Gaze, the Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach.

Soloists include Leila Kirves, Catherine Thornsley, Neil Craighead, Philip Wing, Mariana Iguavita, Emma Jang, Gabriel Chona Rueda, Wanshuai Yu, Alexandra Baird, Alessandra Ianni, Jason Somerville, Liam Robertson, Denis Petrov, Pablo Romero Moreira, Kevin Liu, Ming-Xuan Chung, Magdalena How, Rachel Buttress, Ian McCloy, Holly Duerichen, Alyssa Nicole Samson, Emma Petersen Melland, Kevin Sohn, Xiang Li, Mara Ayque, Kathleen Isaza, Katie Fraser, Zachary Martin, Yuhui Wang, Sarah Anderson-Caulfield, Kenda McDermott, Hannah Ernst, Christina Demeo, Carly King, Zach Martin, Melanie Hiepler, Olivia Rapos, Jing Jang, Caelan Prescott, Claire Bidulka, Kendra Baldwin, Skye Wilkinson, Adriana Zaharijevic, Rebekah Leon, Saba Taghiakbari, Zhilun Liu, Hans Grunwald, Matthew Gorlitz, and Rafael Laurindo.

The program will include music from “La Traviata,” “Il Trovatore,” “Rigoletto,” “Carmen,” “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” “Die Fledermaus,” “Das Land des Lächelns,” and “Die Lustige Witwe.”

“I am thrilled to welcome the return of opera to our BMO Mainstage as we offer these enchanting performances,” Gaze said in an official press statement. “You’ll be humming those melodies as you leave the theatre!”