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Pacific Opera Victoria Association
Annual General Meeting

Monday, December 7, 2015, 5 pm
Wingate Studio, the Baumann Centre
925 Balmoral Road, Victoria, BC

Business will include presentation of reports and the audited financial statements, nomination of new Directors, and a vote on proposed bylaw changes. All members are invited to attend.

RSVP to 250-382-1641 or by November 30.

Meeting Notice and Text of Special Resolution: DOWNLOAD PDF

Members of the Pacific Opera Victoria Association are those natural and corporate persons who made a donation to Pacific Opera Victoria of at least $75 during the society's previous fiscal year and those natural and corporate persons who were subscribers to Pacific Opera Victoria's opera season during the previous fiscal year (i.e., during the period from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015).

Posted November 13, 2015


For Remembrance
Pacific Opera Victoria presents Mary's Wedding

7pm, November 10, 2015, Victoria High School Theatre

In recognition of Remembrance Day and ongoing commemorations of the WWI centenary, Pacific Opera Victoria is staging an intimate and re-imagined version of the new Canadian opera Mary's Wedding. The production tours regional secondary schools this month, with a special public performance at 7 pm, November 10, in the Victoria High School Theatre, 1260 Grant Street, Victoria, BC.

Set in Western Canada in the aftermath of World War I, Mary's Wedding was commissioned by Pacific Opera Victoria and had its world première in November 2011. Music is by Andrew P. MacDonald with the libretto by Stephen Massicotte, based on his play Mary's Wedding.

On the eve of her wedding in 1920, Mary dreams of her first love, a young farm boy named Charlie. Her reminiscences of their first meeting, their developing attraction, and of his departure for the war blend with Charlie's memories of Mary and loop the action back and forth through time and place, from the Canadian prairie to the battlefields of France. Mary recalls the horror of the trenches – experienced through Charlie's letters – as he remembers her, and longs for home.

The 60-minute performance of Mary's Wedding will be followed by a discussion with Barry Gough, author of From Classroom to Battlefield: Victoria High School and the First World War. The names of 500 teachers and graduates are inscribed on Victoria High School's Great War Roll of Honour.

Mary's Wedding is directed by Glynis Leyshon, with music direction by Giuseppe Pietraroia, and features Caitlin Wood as Mary, Kaden Forsberg as Charlie, Jeremy Bowes as the real-life character, Lt. Gordon Flowerdew, and a small chorus. The opera is performed in English.

Tickets for the public performance are $15 for students and $35 for adults, available in advance from Pacific Opera Victoria, by phone at 250-385-0222, in person at 925 Balmoral Road, Victoria, or online. For more information visit POV's web pages on Mary's Wedding

Posted November 5, 2015.


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