The season ends with Rinaldo, one of Handel's most brilliant and dramatic accomplishments.
In addition, we present two new Canadian operas at the Baumann Centre in November: the staged première of Tobin Stokes' Rattenbury, co-presented with The Other Guys Theatre Company; and the world première production of Missing by Marie Clements and Brian Current, co-commissioned and co-produced by POV and City Opera Vancouver.
Young love, Paris, and Puccini ... resistance is futile.
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henry Murger
February 15 to 25, 2018, at the Royal Theatre
One of the most loved operas of all time, Puccini's La bohème is a gorgeous, nostalgic slice of life about a group of young friends hanging out together, experiencing Paris and love, and loss. Puccini's music sparkles with humour, pours out lush, sumptuous melodies, and is always completely irresistible.
One of Handel's most flamboyant accomplishments
Music by George Frideric Handel
Libretto by Giacomo Rossi from a scenario provided by Aaron Hill
Based on the epic poem Gerusalemme liberata by Torquato Tasso
April 19 to 29, 2018, at the Royal Theatre
Handel's first big hit for the London stage, Rinaldo contains some of his most ravishing music and is an exotic story of war, religion, love, and sorcery. As a Christian army prepares to lay siege to Jerusalem during the First Crusade, politics, passion, and magic complicate matters. Glynis Leyshon will direct this masterpiece of Baroque opera.
The piece with which Janáček conquered the world.
Music and Libretto by Leoš Janáček
Based on the play Její pastorkyňa by Gabriela Preissová
October 12 to 22, 2017, at the Royal Theatre
Internationally known director Atom Egoyan returns to Victoria to direct Leoš Janáček's gripping masterpiece, Jenůfa. This monument of 20th century opera centres on the relationship between two formidable women – Jenůfa and her stepmother – and the consequences when Jenůfa has a child out of wedlock. Janáček's distinctive musical voice, mixing folk harmonies with the rhythms of spoken Czech, is radiant and haunting.
The tempestuous life and death of Victoria's most notorious architect.
Music and libretto by Tobin Stokes
Staged première, in collaboration with The Other Guys Theatre Company
November 3 to 12, 2017, at the Baumann Centre
Meet Francis Rattenbury, architect of Victoria's Parliament Buildings and Empress Hotel – self-promoter, adulterer, alcoholic ... and murder victim. Victoria-based composer Tobin Stokes tells the story of the architect whose murder by his young wife's teenage lover led to one of the most sensational murder trials of the 1930s. Internationally renowned tenor Richard Margison performs the title role in this new opera about – and for – Victoria.
A story everyone knows, from the vantage of a woman no one remembers.
Music by Brian Current
Libretto by Marie Clements
November 17 to 26, 2017, at the Baumann Centre
A new chamber opera by Métis playwright Marie Clements and Juno-winning composer Brian Current, Missing gives voice, in English and Gitxsan, to the story of Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women. Set in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and along the Highway of Tears, Missing is a poetic expression of loss and hope, its creation led by aboriginal theatre and opera artists.
Missing will première in Vancouver on November 1, 2017, at a private event for the families, followed by public performances at Vancouver's York Theatre November 3 to 11. The production then moves to the Baumann Centre for Pacific Opera Victoria for performances November 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, and 26.