Peking Dreams at the Orpheum Sept. 4
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra invites you to share in the experience of live musical performance as it launches its 97th season. The coming year promises to offer a thrilling range of concerts in a broad range of styles, suited to a wide range of tastes. From the classics to contemporary, from the spectacular to the sublime, you can anticipate exhilarating performances by leading soloists and returning favourite artists. Some of the many highlights are as follows: Two colourful touring shows set the stage for a spectacular fall line-up: Peking Dreams (September 4) features the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China — Direct from Beijing.Founded in 1953, the National Circus and Acrobats group is one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China. Marvel at the breathtaking feats of these world-renowned acrobats and athletes, a troupe that has made a profound contribution to the Circus world and heavily influenced the creation of Cirque de Soleil. NOTE this performance is presented by the VSO, and does not include the Orchestra.
Later this month the VSO presents the Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India led by Rahis Bharti will take you on a musical journey that fuses the traditional with a modern flair in Bollywood: The Spirit of India! (September 23).
Little Mountain Lion Productions presents the WORLD PREMIERE of local playwright Mily Mumford’s new play – FRANKENSTEIN 1945. Mary Shelley’s science-fiction thriller gets a film noir treatment this Halloween, finding a young Dr. Victor Frankenstein lose himself and his humanity trying to right the wrongs of WWII. Detectives, dames, monsters, and murder feature in this retelling of the classic story. The year is 1945, and WWII has just ended. While Europe has been disfigured by war between the Axis and the Allies, its people attempt to rebuild. By conducting grotesque experiments with dead flesh, Victor Frankenstein attempts to rebuild more than just society – he attempts to reshape humanity itself. Directed by Matt Clarke.
World Premiere: October 21 to 31
The Shop Theatre at Renegade Studios (125 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver BC)
One of the masterpieces in great opera, Verdi’s Rigoletto tells the heart-wrenching tale of a court entertainer with a vicious tongue and a soft spot: he is hiding his vulnerable young daughter, Gilda, from the harsh world he inhabits. But his worst fear becomes reality: she is discovered by his boss, the predatory Duke of Mantua. When the Duke seduces Gilda, Rigoletto hires a hit man to kill him. It doesn’t work. Gilda has fallen in love and she would rather die than see the Duke hurt. Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s greatest achievements, powered with irresistible melodies, heartbreaking drama, and vivid characters: the cruel clown with a hidden heart, the morally bankrupt duke, the innocent Gilda, the sinister assassin and his voluptuous sister. Featuring the return of sensational soprano Simone Osborne (The Magic Flute, Roméo et Juliette) and baritone Gordon Hawkins (Tosca).Conducted by Jonathan Darlington; Directed by Nancy Hermiston
Saturday, September 26 • 7:30pm; Thursday, October 1 • 7:30pm,
Saturday, October 3 • 7:30pm, Sunday, October 4 • 2:00pm matinée
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tickets: www.vancouveropera.ca 604-683-0222