UBC Opera presents “The Marriage of Figaro” February 5 – 8 at the Chan Centre
UBC Opera presents Mozart’s iconic opera, The Marriage of Figaro. Stage director Nancy Hermiston is joined by conductor Neil Varon, who have masterfully blended stage movement and music with entertaining results. The story revolves around soon-to-be married Figaro and Susanna, servants of Count and Countess Almaviva. The Count has grown bored with his marriage and wants to re-engage the act of primae noctis, in which he would consummate the marriage on the couple’s wedding night. Through clever manipulations by Susanna, Figaro, and the Countess that right is never restored and the Count’s love for his Countess is rekindled. Adding to the confusion, stress and the fun are an amorous teenager, a scheming old maid, a drunken gardener and a silly young girl.
7:30 p.m. February 5, 6 and 7
2:00 p.m. February 8
Chan Centre for Performing Arts
6265 Crescent Road, UBC 604.822.9197
Dr. Irving Guttman
UBC Opera was saddened by the recent passing of Dr. Irving Guttman, the Father of Opera in Western Canada. Countless singers have benefited from his passion, talents, and dedication to opera. UBC Opera is no stranger to his mentorship, generosity and support. Irving, along with his partner Robert Dales, helped to create a platform at UBC where singers can excel and prepare for professional careers in opera. The UBC Opera Ensemble will greatly miss working under his tutelage and seeing him at their numerous events. But his legacy will be carried on by each singer and their many performances, which he loved to attend. As an opera ensemble, they would like to dedicate this production of The Marriage of Figaro in his memory.
Ruby Slippers Theatre presents the touching and captivating double bill: Après Moi and The List. These English translations of two French Canadian plays will take the audience on a very human journey through love, loss, compassion and memory, reminding us that by letting other people in — if only briefly — our life’s trajectory can be profoundly altered. Après Moi is the English language premiere production (commissioned by Ruby Slippers), is directed by Diane Brown and stars Scott Bellis, David Bloom, Jennifer Lines, Chirag Naik and Dawn Petten. The List, directed by Jack Paterson, stars France Perras. Christian Begin’s Après Moi is six versions of the same story — six ways of experiencing the same moment, each with increasing intimacy. In a motel off Route 117, three rooms are in use. In the first, a man and woman will commit adultery for the first time. In the second, a couple will make love for the last time. In the third, a lonely man wants to die. In each room, a singular, extraordinary event will occur. When one door opens, will it make any difference to anyone’s destiny?
8:00 p.m. Jan. 28- Feb. 1, 2015 Studio 16, 1655 W. 7th Ave. at Granville St. http://www.rubyslippers.ca
Vancouver Opera’s “Die Fledermaus” opens February 28 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Live it up with members of high society in Vancouver – call it “Viennacouver” for this wonderful week of opera where every night is party night! Lighthearted, romantic, and wickedly funny, Die Fledermaus has the power to lift our spirits. Strauss’s melody-filled music, especially his famous waltzes, is effervescent and intoxicating. Be prepared to laugh! Featuring soprano Joyce el-Khoury as Rosalinde, tenor Roger Honeywell as Gabriel von Eisenstein, and Christopher Gaze as the tipsy jailer, Frosch. There are promises of a lot of fun being poked at Vancouverites and their musical antics.
7:30 p.m. February 28, March 5 and 7; 2:00 p.m. March 8
All performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Georgia and Hamilton Streets.