2019/20 Season: Il trittico, Flight, Carmen, and The Flight of the Hummingbird

The 2019/20 Season – A Tasting Flight of Operas


Sample an audacious balance of classic and new vintages with Pacific Opera's 2019/20 opera season. Start with the delectable trio of Puccini's 1918 IL TRITTICO – beginning with the dark, brooding IL TABARRO; followed by SUOR ANGELICA with its delicate bouquet and intensely herbal finish; and finally, GIANNI SCHICCHI, bursting with bracing, palate-cleansing effervescence.

Then discover Jonathan Dove's 1998 FLIGHT with its appealing spicy flavour and lingering complexity. Complete the season with Bizet's 1875 CARMEN – reliably heady, full-bodied, and unforgettably earthy.

In addition to the main tasting line-up, try out a new Canadian release by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and Maxime Goulet: THE FLIGHT OF THE HUMMINGBIRD is light and fiery, with undertones of sweetness and smoke.

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Single Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at 10 am.

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Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretti by Giuseppe Adami and Giovacchino Forzano

Puccini's classic 1918 collection comprises three distinct works that, when presented together as the composer wished, provide a rare and unforgettable experience.

  • Il tabarro (The Cloak): Dark and brooding. A noir thriller of infidelity and murder.
  • Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica): Delicate and sweet. A lyric tragedy of loss, suicide, and forgiveness
  • Gianni Schicchi: Bracing and astringent. A wicked black comedy full of devilish chicanery.

October 17, 19, and 25, 2019, at 8 pm
Wednesday, October 23, at 7 pm
Sunday, October 27, at 2:30 pm
At the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, Victoria

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Music by Jonathan Dove
Libretto by April de Angelis

A Canadian première, Flight is the 1998 work that launched Jonathan Dove as one of today's most successful and popular composers.

Spicy and complex, with a scintillating score, Flight was Inspired by the true story of a refugee who lived in an airport for 18 years. Surprisingly playful, sometimes risqué, Flight frequently soars into sheer poetry.

February 20, 22, and 28, 2020, at 8 pm
Sunday, March 1, at 2:30 pm
At the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, Victoria

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Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

A true classic, Bizet's Carmen is a rich, heady infusion, instantly recognizable, utterly unforgettable. Perfect for the novice and the aficionado alike, it brims with audacious harmonies and irresistible melodies that have become part of popular culture.

As for the character of Carmen herself, there is no one quite like her – wilful, charismatic, unexpectedly vulnerable. Carmen remains an opera for all time.

April 16, 18, and 24, 2020, at 8 pm
Wednesday, April 22, at 7 pm
Sunday, April 26, at 2:30 pm
At the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, Victoria

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Music by Maxime Goulet
Libretto by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and Barry Gilson

With its notes of sweetness and smoke, The Flight of the Hummingbird is a touching exploration of environmental issues and moral courage.

In this enchanting new opera , the animals of the forest are inspired to come together by Dukdukdiya, the Hummingbird, to save their beautiful home from a raging fire.

The Flight of the Hummingbird is based on an indigenous parable from the Quechuan people of South America. The story of the brave hummingbird travelled through pre-contact trade routes to become well known within Haida culture. This opera is influenced by the graphic novel written by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and will include elements of his dramatic Haida-manga illustrations.

An opera for the whole family, The Flight of the Hummingbird is co-commissioned and co-produced by Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera.

More on The Flight of the Hummingbird

Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 2 pm
Friday, March 20, at 2 pm
Saturday, March 21 at 7 pm Sold out
Sunday, March 22 at 7 pm
At the Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road, Victoria

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Cast and programming are subject to change.