City Opera Vancouver Names New Artistic Director

By Nicolas Quiroga

Gordon Gerrard has been named the new Artistic Director of City Opera Vancouver (City Opera) by its Board of Directors.

He will take over for Dr. Charles Barber, the organization’s Artistic Founder, who retired in January. Gerrard, the current Music Director of Regina Symphony Orchestra, will assume his role in September 2023, following a six-month delay due to intensive community-level consultations.

“Gordon’s impressive background as a conductor, opera specialist and educator, coupled with his imaginative programming and community engagement experience, bring a dynamic perspective to this pivotal leadership role,” said Board President Janet Lea in an official press statement. “His commitment to cultivating community and telling compelling stories that illuminate contemporary challenges resonates strongly with City Opera’s values, as does his passion for making music accessible to everyone. It’s an exciting new chapter in City Opera’s history.”

Gerrard, a former Vancouver resident, has worked with such organizations as Vancouver Opera, UBC Opera, Calgary Opera, Opera Nuova, and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.