Vancouver Opera's poster for The Flying Dutchman. Photo: Vancouver Opera

Vancouver Opera has announced its lineup for the 2022-23 season, which offers three full-scale classic productions all focused on the theme of love. Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers opens the season in October, followed by the company’s premiere of Britten’s ethereal A Midsummer Night’s Dream in February 2023, concluding with Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman in April 2023.

“The 2022–2023 season will see the return of two beloved operas for our Vancouver Opera patrons along with an incredible, fantastical company premiere which is sure to entice a new audience who loves theatrical magic,” said Vancouver Opera’s General Director Tom Wright in a statement. 

Last seen on Vancouver Opera’s stage 28 years ago, The Pearl Fishers returns Oct 22-30 with direction from Rachel Peake and Conductor Kamna Gupta who will be making her VO debut at the podium. The opera is an amorous one, focused on the themes of love and friendship, and features multiple lush orchestras and many of Bizet’s trademark melodies including the famous “friendship duet”, Au fond du temple saint. 

From Feb 11 to 19, Aria Umezawa will direct VO’s company premiere of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, based on Shakespeare’s mythical story of love triangles and mistaken identities. Jacques Lacombe will conduct at the podium.

Wagner’s iconic The Flying Dutchman will close the season from April 29 – May 7. Directed by Brian Deedrick with Conductor Leslie Dala, this tale of tragic love and sacrifice was last seen on VO’s stage in 2000. Audiences can look forward to projection designer Sean Nieuwenhuis’s stunning projection capabilities, which will bring the turbulent sea to life in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

“We have chosen these three works to celebrate and honour our audiences’ love of opera,” said Wright. “These productions will feature world class directors and conductors working alongside our amazing orchestra, chorus and celebrated vocal talent. It is the perfect season to fall in love with opera all over again.”

More information on Vancouver Opera’s upcoming 2022-23 season here.

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