2010-11 season

2010-2011 Season

Welcome to a season that explores romance in all its guises. Rossini finds chaotic whimsy in his take on the Cinderella fable. Puccini creates a heartwarming and heartbreaking tale of first love in La Bohème. Devotion triumphs in Handel's Rodelinda, while obsession flares in Samuel Barber's modern masterpiece Vanessa. Love is alive in Victoria, and we invite you to experience the many colours of romance from your very own seat in our historic Royal Theatre.

To bring these stories to life, we have invited Canadian artists working on stages across the country and around the world to join us here in Victoria, offering them a clean canvas to create excitingly rich new productions that both celebrate tradition and explore opera anew. This year's artists have been seen at the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, theatre and music festivals across North America and opera companies from coast to coast.


Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

Gioachino Rossini

September 30, October 5, 7, 9, 2010, at 8 pm
Matinée October 2 at 3 pm
In Italian with English surtitles

Directed by Tom Diamond. Designed by Judith Bowden. With Julie Boulianne as Angelina (Cinderella), Brian Stucki as Don Ramiro, Terry Hodges as Don Magnifico, and Tyler Duncan as Dandini.



George Frideric Handel

November 11, 16, 18, and 20, 2010, at 8 pm
Matinée November 13 at 3 pm
In Italian with English surtitles

Directed by Oriol Tomas. Designed by Nancy Bryant. With Nathalie Paulin as Rodelinda, Gerald Thompson as Bertarido, Benjamin Butterfield as Grimoaldo,and Bruce Kelly as Garibaldo.


La Bohème

Giacomo Puccini

February 17, 22, 24, and 26, 2011, at 8 pm
Matinée February 19 at 3 pm
In Italian with English surtitles

Directed by Michael Shamata. Designed by John Ferguson. With Rhoslyn Jones as Mimi, Luc Robert as Rodolfo, Alexander Dobson as Marcello, and Marianne Fiset as Musetta.



Samuel Barber

April 28, May 3, 5, and 7, 2011, at 8 pm
Matinée April 30 at 3 pm
In English with English surtitles

Directed by Glynis Leyshon. Designed by Pam Johnson. With Wendy Nielsen as Vanessa, Stephanie Marshall as Erika, and Adam Luther as Anatol.



2-Opera Combo for La Bohème and Vanessa

Single Tickets for Vanessa on sale February 28, 2011