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                                     See it . Hear it. Feel it.
                        Vancouver Opera’s 2006-2007 season:
                           visually and vocally thrilling
       -   Season features new production of The Magic Flute designed with First Nations artists,
               new co-productions of Macbeth and Ariadne auf Naxos, and a classic Tosca

              -   Singers include soprano Jane Eaglen in her role début as Lady Macbeth
                        - Two concert operas complete the ambitious season

    Vancouver, BC ~ “Opera is a highly visual art form,” said Vancouver Opera’s General Director
    James W. Wright, in announcing VO’s 2006-2007 season lineup. “A particularly powerful physical
    production can deepen the emotional impact of the music and resonate with audiences for years. In
    our continuing commitment to reach increasingly higher levels of artistic achievement, we devote
    more resources than ever before to the ‘look’ of each production in 2006-2007. Breathtaking set and
    costume design will combine with some of the most exciting singers in opera to create a season that is
    both visually and vocally thrilling.”

    The company’s four-opera mainstage season boasts an original new production of Mozart’s The
    Magic Flute, created with a team of B.C. First Nations artists and designers; a new co-production of
    Verdi’s Macbeth, designed by Jerome Sirlin, acclaimed for his stunning design of Broadway’s Kiss of
    the Spider Woman; a colourful new co-production of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, created by
    young theatre designer Robin Vest; and a classic production of Puccini’s Tosca, designed and built by
    the famed Ercole Sormani studio of Milan, Italy.

    The 2006-2007 season will be capped with two concert performances: Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece
    I puritani, produced as part of Festival Vancouver; and Massenet’s gloriously tuneful Werther.

    James Wright added, “I am especially proud of our production of The Magic Flute, set in the
    mythological and spiritual realm of the Coast Salish First Nation. It will bring fresh insight and great
    beauty, from the particular perspective of the peoples of our community, to Mozart’s universally
    appealing masterpiece. This is an exciting and unique collaboration with First Nations artists – one
    that will enrich us all.”

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Vancouver Opera’s 2006-2007 season, page 2

Among the international singers engaged for the season are acclaimed English dramatic soprano Jane
Eaglen in her company and role début as Lady Macbeth. She will appear with the much-sought-after
baritone Greer Grimsley in the title role. Also featured are sensational soprano Elizabeth Futral,
returning for the first time since The Daughter of the Regiment (2002); rising Canadian tenor (and recent
graduate of the UBC School of Music) Philippe Castagner; Metropolitan Opera tenors Bruce Sledge,
Eric Cutler and John Mac Master; favourite coloratura soprano Tracy Dahl; Metropolitan Opera
sopranos Cynthia Lawrence and Lori Phillips; mezzo-sopranos Beth Clayton and Kimberly Barber;
baritones Etienne Dupuis and Yalun Zhang; and sopranos Nathalie Paulin and Hwang Sin Nyung.


Macbeth, by Giuseppe Verdi                                  Sponsored by PriceWaterhouseCoopers
In Italian with English SurTitles™
November 25, 28, 30, December 2, 2006. All performances 7:30 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Verdi, the master of vivid orchestration, brings his prodigious expressive power to Shakespeare’s
chilling drama of political ambition, madness and the forces of conscience and fate. With a libretto
that artfully distills Shakespeare’s poetry, Macbeth is an opera of inspired intensity. Verdi’s searing
psychological portraits of the two principal characters are vocal tours-de-force for sensational
soprano Jane Eaglen and Metropolitan Opera star baritone Greer Grimsley, both making their VO
débuts. Vancouver Opera’s stunning new co-production with Portland Opera features state-of-the-art
visual projections by Jerome Sirlin, the award-winning set designer of Broadway’s Kiss of the Spider

Macbeth Principal Cast
Macbeth:            Greer Grimsley                   Conductor:             Jonathan Darlington
Lady Macbeth:       Jane Eaglen                      Stage Director:        Garnett Bruce
Banquo:             Burak Bilgili
Macduff:            John Bellemer

The Magic Flute, by W.A. Mozart                      Sponsored by Pacific International Securities Inc.
In English with SurTitles™
January 27, 30, February 1, 3, 6, 8, 2007. All performances 7:30 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Vancouver Opera’s new production of Mozart’s beguiling opera about a quest for love and
enlightenment is set on the rocky shores and in the looming forests of the Pacific coast, in the timeless
Coast Salish realm. There, the characters encounter many of the human figures, animals and
supernatural creatures of First Nations mythology, in a visually splendid design conceived in
collaboration with a team of First Nations artists. The Magic Flute will be an exciting exploration of
the intersection of two rich cultures – the musical and theatrical traditions of 18th century Europe,
beautifully performed, and the ancient mythology of the indigenous people of the Canadian west
coast, beautifully depicted.

The production was conceived with an advisory group of First Nations artists and with the
guidance of The First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council.

Vancouver Opera’s 2006-2007 Season, page 3

The Magic Flute Principal Cast
Tamino:                     Philippe Castagner             Conductor:           Derrick Inouye
Pamina:                     Nathalie Paulin                Stage Director:      Robert McQueen
Papageno:                   Etienne Dupuis                 Set Design:
Sarastro:                   Kevin Short                    Kevin McAllister and Blue Raven Gallery
Queen of the Night:         Hwang Sin Nyung                Costume Design:
                                                           Christine Reimer and John Powell

Ariadne auf Naxos, by Richard Strauss
In German with English SurTitles™
March 3, 6, 8, 10, 2007. All performances 7:30 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Ariadne auf Naxos is an irresistible opera, filled with melody, sensuality, mockery and mayhem, which
reveals much about the equal powers of music and laughter. Strauss demonstrates his unsurpassed
skill at writing rapturously for the female voice, in three superb roles for women: the Prima Donna,
the Composer, and the comedienne, Zerbinetta. Add to these a heroic tenor, a couple of empathetic
baritones, a pompous prig and four comical cut-ups, and you have all the ingredients for a surprising
and hugely entertaining evening of opera. This new co-production with Utah Opera, designed by
Robin Vest, features whimsical sets saturated with the rich colours of a Maxfield Parrish painting.

Ariadne Principal Cast
Prima Donna/Ariadne:         Lori Phillips                 Conductor: Jonathan Darlington
Composer:                    Beth Clayton                  Stage Director:   David Gately
Zerbinetta:                  Tracy Dahl
Bacchus:                     John Mac Master
Music Master:                Theodore Baerg
Dance Master/Brighella:      Peter Blanchet
Harlekin:                    Phillip Addis

Tosca, by Giacomo Puccini                                 Sponsored by Mercedes Benz Canada
In Italian with English SurTitles™
April 21, 24, 26, 28, May 1, 2007. All performances 7:30 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Set in Rome in 1800 during a time of political and religious turbulence, Puccini’s masterful drama
paints three unforgettable portraits: Tosca, the fiery, pure-hearted singer; Mario, the passionate
political idealist; and Scarpia, the deeply depraved chief of police. Puccini’s score is filled with
dazzling melody, atmosphere, and edge-of-your-seat tension. Vancouver Opera revives a classic
production that features the scenic design of Ercole Sormani, an Italian master painter who created a
detailed three-dimensional world using only age-old artistry, paint and canvas.

Vancouver Opera’s 2006-2007 season, page 4

Tosca Principal Cast
Tosca:                        Cynthia Lawrence              Conductor:             Robert Tweten
Cavaradossi:                  Renzo Zulian                  Stage Director:        Stanley M. Garner
Scarpia:                      Yalun Zhang


I puritani, by Vincenzo Bellini
In Italian with English SurTitles™
Tuesday, August 8, 2006, 7:30 pm, Orpheum Theatre.

An undisputed masterpiece of melody, harmonies and orchestration, Bellini’s moving drama of love
and divided loyalties, set during the final days of the English Civil Wars of the 1640s, is a superb
showcase for coloratura singing. Vancouver Opera is delighed to welcome back one of today’s
leading bel canto performers, the electrifying soprano Elizabeth Futral, star of 2002’s Daughter of the
Regiment and 2000’s Lucia di Lammermoor – a role she has since performed, to lavish praise, at The
Metropolitan Opera. Also featuring Covent Garden and Metropolitan Opera tenor Eric Cutler,
baritone Jeff Mattsey, bass Alain Coulombe, and mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah. Conducted by
Steven White. Co-produced with Festival Vancouver. Festival Vancouver’s Concert Sponsor of I
puritani is Odlum Brown Ltd.

Werther, by Jules Massenet
In French with English SurTitles™
Saturday, October 14, 2006, 7:30 pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Based on the novel by Goethe, and beloved by opera audiences the world over, Massenet’s ravishing
opera depicts the joys and sufferings of the quintessential romantic, Werther, whose ardent passion
for Charlotte is thwarted by a sacred vow and her marriage to another man. Werther is a wonderful
showcase for both singers and orchestra. Massenet’s emotion-filled melodies, touching solos, and
gorgeous orchestral textures combine to create a deeply satisfying musical experience. As Charlotte,
acclaimed mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber joins tenor Bruce Sledge, star of The Metropolitan
Opera, Paris Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, in his VO début, in the title role. With baritone John
Hancock as Albert. Conducted by Jacques Lacombe.

The Magic Flute
A Vancouver Opera in the Schools production for young audiences


Vancouver Opera’s 2006-2007 touring production, visiting schools and community venues around
B.C. , will be an energetic adaptation of Mozart’s captivating tale, inspired by the First Nations-
infused design of VO’s mainstage production. Set on B.C.’s coastline, the fast-paced 45-minute
performances, sung in English will feature colourful costumes, ingenious sets, five talented singers
performing multiple characters, and a nimble-fingered pianist playing Mozart’s beguiling score.

Vancouver Opera’s 2006-2007 season, page 4

Vancouver Opera presents four public performances of The Magic Flute – two in Surrey and two in
North Vancouver – to launch the touring season. See performance and ticket details below.

Story adaptation of The Magic Flute for young audiences is by David Adams and Richard Van
Camp. Music direction and adaptation are by Leslie Uyeda. Sets and costumes are designed by
Lance Cardinal. The stage director is David Adams.

The Magic Flute for young audiences PERFORMANCE DETAILS
Sunday, October 1, 2006, 1:00 and 4:00 pm
Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver
2300 Lonsdale Avenue

Saturday, October 7, 2006, 1:00 and 4:00 pm
Surrey Arts Centre Theatre
13750 88 Avenue, Surrey.

Subscriptions, starting at $99, for Vancouver Opera’s 2006-2007 season are now on sale at the VO
Ticket Centre, 604-683-0222. Renewing subscribers can renew through VO’s secure online renewal
service at Beginning Monday, May 1, 2006, new subscribers can purchase
subscriptions online at the same site, In the meantime, please call the VO
Ticket Centre at 604-683-0222 for personal service.

Non-subscription tickets, starting at $29, to all performances of the four mainstage productions –
Macbeth, The Magic Flute, Ariadne auf Naxos and Tosca – go on sale August 8, 2006. Visit or call 604-683-0222.

Non-subscription tickets to performances of the concert presentations I puritani and Werther,
starting at $19, go on sale June 7, 2006. Visit or call 604-683-0222.

Tickets are $10 for children and $20 for adults, and are available now through the VO Ticket Centre,

For all tickets, Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted.


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