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La Fanciulla Del West (Encore) Saturday November 24 2018 at 9:55 AM- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
× Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met, Marnie broadcast live, with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities. Estimated run time 2hrs 52mins. Sung in English.
Noteworthy Concerts Monday November 26 2018 at 10:30 AMCowichan Stage
× Virtuoso guitarist, Daniel Bolshoy joins the Bergmann Piano duo in the second installment of our Noteworthy Classical Concert Series with music that is sure to warm you up featuring pieces such as Invierno Porteño by Astor Piazzolla, the famous Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo and works from Vivaldi, Granados and Boccherini performed in a ‘hot and fiery’ programme.
La Traviata (Encore) Saturday January 5 2019 at 9:55 AM- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
× Verdi’s timeless tragedy La Traviata is one of the best-loved operas in history. This encore broadcast is a new, richly textured production featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons and stars soprano Diana Damrau as the doomed tragic heroine, Violetta, in a role that is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire. Estimated run time 3hrs 7mins. Sung in Italian.
Adriana Lecouvreur Saturday January 12 2019 at 9:55 AM- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
× Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, this live broadcast tells a charismatic, 18th-century story inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier—and lover—Maurice of Saxony. A quintessential diva role, Soprano Anna Netrebko takes on the title role joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. Estimated run time 3hrs 33mins. Sung in Italian.
Coppelia Thursday February 7 2019 at 7:30 PM- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
× Canada's Ballet Jörgen presents Coppélia, one of the world’s oldest and best known comedic ballet performances. A playful fairy-tale and a funny love story told through the vibrant contemporary choreography of the award-winning Bengt Jörgen, this wonderfully funny retelling of Coppélia is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
Carmen (Encore) Saturday February 9 2019 at 9:55 AM- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
× A met favourite, mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules, in one of the most frequently staged operas in the world. The opera’s melodic sweep is as irresistible as the title character herself, a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural figure. Estimated run time 3hrs 21mins. Sung in French
La Fille du Regiment Saturday March 2 2019 at 9:55 AM- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
× Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks. This frothy comedy mixes humor with a rush of buoyant melody and notorious vocal challenges. Its the story of a young orphan girl raised by an army regiment as their mascot and begins at the moment of her first stirrings of love. Complications (and comedy) ensue when her true identity is discovered. Estimated run time 2hrs 35mins. Sung in French
Noteworthy Concerts Sunday March 24 2019 at 2:00 PMCowichan Stage
× Principal cellist of the Vancouver Opera orchestra, chamber musician, Rebecca Wenham performs with the Bergmann Piano Duo in a spring concert featuring a selection of works by Bach, Bernstein, Britten, Bergmann and much more! This Noteworthy Classical Concert offers a wonderful array of cello repertoire that demonstrates the lyrical and romantic as well as the dramatic and rhythmical qualities of the instrument.
Die Walkure Saturday March 30 2019 at 9:00 AM- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
× Soprano Christine Goerke plays the willful warrior daughter, Brünnhilde, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Set in mythological times, when gods, giants, dwarves, and humans all contended for power, Die Walküre takes place entirely in human territory, as the balance of power in the cosmic struggle tips ever so slowly toward humanity. Estimated run time 4hrs 55mins. Sung in German.
Noteworthy Concerts Monday April 15 2019 at 7:00 PMCowichan Stage
× The season finale of the Noteworthy Classical Concerts Series ends with a soprano performance from Nadya Blanchette accompanied by the Bergmann Piano Duo. From performing at the Cirque du Soleil to various opera stages and concert halls, versatile soprano, Nadya Blanchette will interpret some the most memorable tunes of Broadway with music by Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern and George Gershwin.
Dialogues Des Carmelites Saturday May 11 2019 at 9:00 AM- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
× Dialogues des Carmélites is a rare, modern work that is equally esteemed by audiences and experts alike. The opera focuses on a young member of an order of Carmélite nuns, the aristocratic Blanche de la Force, played by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, who must overcome a pathological timidity in order to answer her life’s calling. Estimated run time 3hrs 9mins. Sung in French.