The Pacific Opera Victoria Association will hold its Annual General Meeting
Monday, November 25, 2013, at 5 pm
at the Chateau Victoria, Salon B
740 Burdett Avenue, Victoria
Business will include presentation of reports and the audited financial statements and nomination of new Directors.
The meeting will be followed by a no-host-bar gathering at Clive's Classic Lounge.
All members are invited to attend.
RSVP to 250-382-1641 or by November 22.
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.
Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony join forces for Victoria's first professional production of the much loved Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece, South Pacific, November 23 and 24 at the Royal Theatre in Victoria.
Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by James Michener, SOUTH PACIFIC is a sweeping romantic story of two unlikely couples on a small island during WWII. The 1949 musical snagged 10 Tony Awards (Broadway's version of the Oscar), and a 2008 revival at Lincoln Center in New York grabbed another seven.
South Pacific is endowed with hit after hit: "Younger than Springtime", "Bali H'ai", "Some Enchanted Evening", "There is Nothin' Like a Dame", "This Nearly Was Mine". The POV/VS production includes all of the dialogue and music of the Broadway show in a rich, theatrical presentation, with cast and orchestra sharing the stage.
"This is a first", declared POV Artistic Director Timothy Vernon. "It's the first time that Victoria audiences will experience this Broadway musical with a full orchestra and beautiful operatic voices, and it's the first co-production of our two pre-eminent professional arts organizations."
Welsh baritone Jason Howard interrupted his international opera career to portray Emile de Becque in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of South Pacific. To quote Richard Ouzounian of the Toronto Star, Jason Howard is, quite frankly, a perfect Emile de Becque ... He knows how to dispense both elegant sophistication and uncensored emotion with equal ease. And his voice – the aural equivalent of a finely polished piece of mahogany – adds incredible depth and texture to those heartfelt Rodgers tunes.
"Opera audiences will remember Jason from his appearances here in the title roles of The Barber of Seville and Eugene Onegin" said Vernon. "We are all delighted to welcome him back to the Royal Theatre in this iconic role".
Joining Jason Howard in the cast of South Pacific are Lara Ciekiewicz as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Adam Fisher as Lieutenant Joe Cable, and Lynne McMurtry as Bloody Mary. All three are critically acclaimed performers making their POV debuts.
Whether being hailed as "mesmerizing" (Classical Voice of North Carolina), or "a clear standout" (San Francisco Classical Voice), Lara Ciekiewicz is quickly making her mark as a compelling, intelligent, and accomplished singing-actress. A graduate of l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal, she has performed throughout the US and with Manitoba Opera.
Canadian tenor Adam Fisher has performed with Voicebox/Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre and Edmonton Opera. He recently performed in Best of Broadway, a concert of favourite Rodgers and Hammerstein songs with Chorus Niagara and was a guest artist with Vancouver's popular Music in the Morning for "I Got Rhythm: The Songs of George Gershwin".
Mezzo-soprano Lynne McMurtry has performed with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Charleston, Winnipeg, and Edmonton, among others, and with the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Ontario, Manitoba Opera, Opera in Concert, and at Tanglewood and Ravinia.
South Pacific is staged by renowned Canadian director/choreographer Jacques Lemay and conducted by POV's Artistic Director, Timothy Vernon. Scenic design is by Ian Rye with lighting design by Adam Wilkinson.
South Pacific is presented November 23 at 8pm and November 24 at 2:30pm, at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street in Victoria. Priced between $35 and $85, including GST & box office service charges, tickets are available from the Royal and McPherson Box Office at 250-386-6121, or online.
For more information visit our South Pacific web page or contact Pacific Opera Victoria at 250-385-0222.
Pacific Opera Victoria jump starts the opera season with FALSTAFF, Verdi's joyous celebration of Shakespeare, October 17 through 27 at the Royal Theatre in Victoria.
Sir John Falstaff is a portly, ageing scoundrel with a voracious appetite for booze, food, and women! He is a hero of truly operatic proportions, squeezing every morsel of pleasure out of life.
Crammed full of delicious tunes and brimming with hilarity and romance, Falstaff is a feast of an opera for the audience and the singers alike.
Brian Bannatyne-Scott of Edinburgh returns to POV for the title role, which he performed previously in Bielefeld, Germany. Falstaff is one of the most rewarding roles anyone could wish for, he says. I love its zest and bubbling enthusiasm. Friends suggested that because of my liking for good food and wine, I'm a natural for the role, but I still do have to wear a fat suit!
POV Artistic Director Timothy Vernon laughingly agrees that Bannatyne-Scott is perfectly suited for the role of Falstaff. Brian is a richly gifted singer and a comedic actor who will embody the character completely. His performance as La Roche in our production of Capriccio was an audience favourite and we are thrilled to welcome him back to Victoria.
There are many familiar faces and voices in POV's 100th production. Joni Henson, most recently POV's Tosca, sings the role of Alice Ford. Mia Lennox-Williams is Meg Page, and Colin Ainsworth is Fenton. They were last seen in POV's The Rake's Progress. Megan Latham received critical acclaim for her role in POV's Rodelinda and returns as Mistress Quickly. POV is delighted to welcome Brett Polegato in the role of the jealous husband, Ford. It's been 20 years since his performances in The Merry Widow, Don Pasquale, and La Bohème, and he's been enjoying a stellar international career. Rachel Fenlon, Josh Lovell, and Jeremy Bowes make their hometown opera debuts as Nanetta, Bardolfo and Pistola. Christopher Mayell makes his POV debut as Dr. Caius, a role he recently performed with Calgary Opera.
Pacific Opera Victoria comes full circle with Falstaff. The first production, in 1979, of the newly minted Pacific Opera Association was Otto Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor – same story; different music.
Falstaff is directed by Glynis Leyshon, with set and costume design by Leslie Frankish, and lighting by Kevin Lamotte.
Falstaff opens October 17 and continues October 19, 23 and 25, 2013, with a matinée October 27, at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street in Victoria. Evening performances begin at 8pm with pre-performance lectures at 7:00pm. Matinée performance on October 27th begins at 2:30 pm, with pre- performance lecture at 1:30 pm. The opera is performed in Italian with English surtitles.
Priced between $40 and $125, including GST & box office service charges, tickets are available from the Royal and McPherson Box Office at 250-386-6121, or online.
Student RUSH tickets for those presenting valid student identification MAY be available at the door of the theatre, 45 minutes prior to each performance, subject to availability. RUSH tickets are $15, inclusive of all box office charges.
For more information, contact Pacific Opera Victoria at 250-385-0222 or visit POV's Falstaff page.
Posted October 16, 2013
Founding Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria, Timothy Vernon will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Royal Roads University on June 19, 2013. The honour is in recognition of his strong leadership in and contributions to Canada's cultural scene, demonstrating a standard of excellence that inspires graduates and sets an example for positive change in the world.
Opera is a story told in music and there are many, many stories. Some of them are disturbing, controversial, open-ended and unresolved. All of these things should be present in art because art should make you think ... Our art is the best of us after all ... It represents the very best enrichment humankind represents. We need as much of that as we can get.
Community of sound: Royal Roads News
Posted June 15, 2013