2014-2015 Season: Das Rheingold, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madama Butterfly

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DAS RHEINGOLD

Music and Libretto by Richard Wagner
October 16, 18, 24, 2014, at 8 pm
Matinée October 26 at 2:30 pm

A very long time ago, a dwarf stole a golden treasure, and from it he forged a ring of power. But the price of power is the renunciation of love.

The first opera in Wagner's monumental Ring Cycle, Das Rheingold sets in motion the conflicts that will ultimately destroy the gods. Here is a world of giants and river nymphs, of dwarves that toil beneath the earth and gods that rule from the mountaintop hall of Valhalla.

Wagner reworked ancient legends to create a compelling new myth that feels as old as time – a towering epic told in sumptuous musical language, a profound, richly textured fusion of music and drama.

With the Victoria Symphony


 

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano
based on Sir Walter Scott's novel The Bride of Lammermoor
February 12, 14, 18, 20, 2015, at 8 pm
Matinée February 22 at 2:30 pm

In the brooding Scottish lowlands, it is men who call the shots. Clan rivalries, political maneuvering, and ancient vendettas leave no place for a woman who falls in love with the wrong man.

Lucia is caught in the brutal web of her brother's manipulation, her lover's jealous rage, and the implacable enmity between their two clans. When she is bullied into an arranged marriage, her fragile spirit is shattered.

In the most celebrated mad scene in all of opera, Donizetti's entrancing melodic lines entwine round Lucia's unraveling coloratura. This is the archetype of romantic bel canto opera ... tempestuous passions, murder, madness, and doom, spun out in glorious song.

With the Victoria Symphony and the Pacific Opera Chorus


 

MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa
April 9, 11, 15, 17, 2015, at 8 pm
Matinée April 19 at 2:30 pm

A young geisha renounces her family to marry an American man. When he leaves to go back to his own country, she waits with their child for his return.

Though she is the gentlest of heroines, Butterfly has formidable inner strength. Guided by honour and fidelity, sustained by hope, she refuses for the longest time to believe she has been abandoned.

Puccini himself loved Butterfly above all his heroines – her for whom I wrote music in the night. And what music! The score pours out lush melodies, infused with delicate Japanese harmonies – it is as ravishing as anything in opera!

With the Victoria Symphony and the Pacific Opera Chorus


 

Add this additional performance to your season ...

CAMELOT in Concert

Music by Frederick Loewe
Libretto by Alan Jay Lerner
Saturday, November 22, 2014, at 8 pm
Sunday, November 23, at 2:30 pm

Once again, Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony join forces to present a great classic musical. Lerner and Loewe's Camelot is the magical tale of the court of King Arthur and the forbidden love of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere.

Here is a glorious score, sung by a magnificent cast, with a host of beloved melodies, including If Ever I Would Leave You, I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight, How to Handle a Woman, and I Loved You Once in Silence.

Advance tickets on sale only to Pacific Opera Victoria & Victoria Symphony subscribers

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