Otello

Queen Elizabeth Theatre
April 28, 30 | May 4, 6, 2017

A powerful masterpiece that marries Shakespeare's poetry with Verdi's lyricism and sumptuous orchestrations. Based on Shakespeare's tale of love, jealousy, and betrayal, Otello is considered Italian opera's greatest tragedy. The 65-piece orchestra joins forces with the formidable VO Chorus and sensational stars in a visually stunning production designed by the internationally acclaimed Erhard Rom.

 
 
 
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The Marriage of Figaro

Vancouver Playhouse
April 30 | May 3, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18

Combining sublimely beautiful music, social commentary, deviousness and delight, Mozart's matchless The Marriage of Figaro is funny, tender and profoundly human. The beloved story of mistaken identities, lecherous masters and a couple who just want to get married is as deliciously hilarious now as it was in Mozart's time. VO's intimate production, starring a superb all-Canadian cast, will feature contemporary set and costume design by Sig Negium to match Mozart's own daring musical vision. Directed by Rachel Peake, winner of three Jessie Richardson Awards and the Tyrone Guthrie Award at The Stratford Festival.

 
 
 

Dead Man Walking

Vancouver Playhouse
April 29 | May 2, 5, 7

Based on the bestselling 1993 memoir by Sister Helen Prejean, this popular opera chronicles the story of a convicted Louisiana murderer who is befriended by a Catholic nun seeking to understand the nature of divine forgiveness. Prejean's memoir was the basis for the award-winning 1995 film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. With a brilliant libretto by Terrance McNally and a dramatic and incredibly lyric musical setting by Jake Heggie—widely considered one of the great living opera composers—the work's moral complexity, emotional depth make Dead Man Walking a standout of contemporary opera.