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Come inside the creation and performance process to discover opera and the power of the human voice

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VOF invites audiences to discover opera in its many forms through choral evenings, interactive conversations, and opportunities to observe the opera stars of tomorrow. 

 
 
 

Opera Speaks about Ethical Justice

Festival Tent on the QE Plaza
April 29, 4:30pm
Free

Sister Helen Prejean, author of the book Dead Man Walking, joins a distinguished cross-cultural panel to discuss the death penalty, incarceration, and their alternatives.


Master Classes for Young Singers

Festival Tent on the QE Plaza
May 2, 4, 9, and11, 2pm - 4pm
Free

Hear the singers of tomorrow, coached by principal artists from the casts of Otello, Dead Man Walking and The Marriage of Figaro. Open to the public. Come to just one, or attend all four and witness the singers’ process as it unfolds over two weeks


Young Composers Workshops

Festival Tent on the QE Plaza
May 3, 5, 10, and 12, 2pm - 4pm
Free

Watch creativity blossom. Composers early in their careers are invited to submit new work for the voice. In four open workshops, these young creators will receive constructive criticism and direction from VO’s music director, Jonathan Darlington, and from members of the VO Orchestra and VO Chorus.


The Artistry of Youth: A Performance by Young Singers

Festival Tent on the QE Plaza
May 13, 5pm - 7pm
Tickets on sale in Spring

Hear the results of two weeks of coaching and creation, as the participants in the Young Singers Master Classes present their work, including selected work developed in the Young Composers Workshops.


Delta Opera and Performance Academy

Festival Tent on the QE Plaza
May 11, 7:30pm
Tickets on sale in Spring

The final presentation of Delta School District’s innovative year-long Opera & Performance program for students in grades 8 through 12. The curriculum program is being run in partnership with VO.

Information about Delta Fine Arts Academies here.

 
 
 
Joan Sutherland in VO’s 1975 production of The Merry Widow.
 
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Vancouver Opera leads the country with its education programs that have reached more than 1.6 million children and their families in the past 40 years. VOF continues on this trajectory by offering programming for young audiences, dress rehearsal tickets for secondary schools students, and emerging artist workshops.

 
 
 

Student Dress Rehearsals

An opportunity to see a working dress rehearsal before opening night. Teachers and music educators are invited to book for groups of students. One teacher or adult chaperone ticket may be purchased per ten student tickets.

A Study Guide for each production will be made available through our website in advance of the dress rehearsal. This new resource will include a synopsis of the story, background information on the production, and conversations with the artists and production team about the creative process involved in producing the opera.

Designed for use in the classroom, the Study Guide will provide students with a window into the music, the story and the spectacle of a main stage production in advance of the performance.

Dress Rehearsal Dates
Otello
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
April 25,  7pm

Dead Man Walking
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
April 27,  7pm

The Marriage of Figaro*
Vancouver Playhouse
April 28, 7pm

*limited tickets available

Registration is available online or through the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre: 604 683-0222
Tickets: $15


Work Experience

An intense two-week accredited program. Open to Grade 11 and 12 students in Metro Vancouver, this program is designed for students considering a professional or amateur career in the arts. Participants will watch rehearsals, interview cast and production staff, and have full backstage access to all three productions running during festival: Dead Man Walking, Otello and The Marriage of Figaro.  

Program dates are April 3 to April 28. This program is in high demand. Priority is given to Grade 12 students with a proven dedication to the performing and visual arts. 

The deadline to apply is January 31. 

Download the Work Experience Application form here.


Opera Experience


Step behind the curtain to learn what it takes to stage an opera. Classes will participate in an in-school workshop with professional artists from across the wide variety of art forms that come together to create opera. Students will also receive a backstage tour of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre or the Vancouver Playhouse before attending a performance.

Dead Man Walking
May 2, 7:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Otello
May 4, 7:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro
May 10 and May 11, 7:30pm
Vancouver Playhouse

School visits will take place between February 20 and March 10.

Registration is available online or through the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre: 604 683-0222
Minimum of 10 students up to a maximum of 30, plus up to 3 chaperones per performance.
Tickets: $35


Master Classes for Young Singers

Festival Tent on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
May 2, 4, 9, and 11, 2pm - 4pm

Singers at the start of their professional careers will be coached by principal artists from the casts of Otello, Dead Man Walking and The Marriage of Figaro, in four public master classes.

To apply to be a participating singer, contact Colleen Maybin, Director of Education and Community Engagement


Young Composers Workshops

Festival Tent on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
May 3, 5, 10, and 12, 2pm - 4pm
Free

Selected composers aged 16 to 25 will be invited to submit new work for the voice and receive constructive criticism and direction from VO’s music director, Jonathan Darlington, and from members of the VO Orchestra and VO Chorus, in four open workshops.

To apply to be a participating composer, contact Colleen Maybin, Director of Education and Community Engagement.

 
 
 
Joann Grillo, Ricki Turofosky, and John Alexander in VO’s 1971 production of The Tales of Hoffmann.
 
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