Gregory Dahl, Sandra Piques Eddy, Kirsten MacKinnon Headline Vancouver Opera’s 2023-24 Season

By David Salazar

Vancouver Opera has announced its 2023-24 season.

“We are excited to present an incredible season of opera “classics” to expose our great art form to new audiences,” said Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera General Director, in an official press statement issued by the company. “Two of the operas have not been seen in over a decade and one has only been produced once in our 64-year history. Each of our productions feature returning directors who wowed VO audiences in the past and understand the magic and passion that courses through these stories. We are excited to be presenting these spectacular productions that burst with color and energy, reach the very core of our humanity and illicit passion, smiles and tears with their sweeping compositions.”

The season will be comprised of three operas starting with “The Magic Flute,” in a production by Ashlie Corcoran. Tania Miller conducts a cast starring Owen McCausland and Kirsten MacKinnon.

Performance Dates: Oct. 21 & 28, 2023

Next up is “Don Pasquale” with Gregory Dahl, Elizabeth Polese, Josh Lovell, and Phillip Addis. Renaud Doucet directs with Jacques Lacombe conducting.

Performance Dates: Feb. 10 -18, 2024

The season ends with “Carmen.” The opera will star Sandra Piques Eddy, Carolyn Spoule, Jonelle Sills, Alok Kumar, and Matthew White. Rachel Peake directs the production and Leslie Dala conducts.

Performance Dates: April 27 – May 4, 2024

The company will also showcase “Opera in the Park.”

Performance Dates: July 16, 2024

The Vancouver Opera will also feature the world premiere of “Sanctuary & Storm” in partnership with re:Naissance Opera.

Performance Dates: Nov. 17-19, 2024

“The Flight of the Hummingbird” will be remounted in co-production with Pacific Opera Victoria. The work features Olivia Kang as Dukdukdiya, Bruno Roy as Owl, Marcel d’Entremont as Bear and Keely McPeek as Bunny. Glynis Leyshon directs and Perri Lo conducts. 

Performance Dates: Spring 2024