Lucia Lucas, & Jennifer Maines Lead Pacific Opera Victoria’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Pacific Opera Victoria has announced its 2020-21 season featuring three productions and rising stars.

The season opens with Wagner’s “Die Walküre” starring Canadian soprano Jennifer Maines as Brünnhilde and American bass-baritone Philip Horst as Wotan. Canadian director Glynis Leyshon and former Shaw Festival designer Pam Johnson reunite for the new production.

Performance Dates: Oct. 15-24, 2020

Britten’s final opera “Death in Venice” sees acclaimed film and theater director Atom Egoyan return to Victoria to direct the new production. British tenor Colin Judson takes on the role of Aschenbach, while British baritone Jonathan McGovern is The Artist and Canadian countertenor David Trudgen is Voice of Apollo.

Performance Dates: Feb. 11-21, 2021

The season ends with Mozart and Da Ponte’s “Don Giovanni” with American baritone Lucia Lucas making her Canadian debut in the title role, Canadian soprano Aviva Fortunata as Donna Anna and Canadian tenor Josh Lovell as Don Ottavio.

Performance Dates: April 8-18, 2021

Pacific Opera Victoria’s season will also feature a co-presentation with the Early Music Society of the Islands. “Los Elementos,” a flamenco-infused baroque opera by the 18th-century Spanish master Antonio de Literes, will be performed by Le Tendre Amour, an acclaimed Barcelona-based early music ensemble.

Performance Dates: Nov. 7 & 8, 2020.