Vancouver Opera Announces New Strategy to Make Deeper Connections with the Community

Vancouver Opera Announces New Strategy to Make Deeper Connections with the Community

Vancouver, BC ~ Vancouver Opera announced today a bold new long-term strategy aimed at broadening and deepening its connection with the communities it serves, while building a new generation of opera goers.

Under the strategy, VO will offer new opera experiences in new venues, including the recently-announced commission of Stickboy, an opera by internationally renowned Canadian slam poet Shayne Koyczan and BC composer Jordan Nobles, to be premiered at the Vancouver Playhouse in October 2014. Stickboy will form part of VO's 2014-2015 season of four productions.

In addition, beginning this spring, VO will offer new programming in communities south of the Fraser River; and in future seasons VO will enrich the educational value of its long-standing school touring program for children, by concentrating the program largely in Metro Vancouver.

"This strategy draws on our proven capacity for innovation to entice more people, and more new people, to experience opera. We want to change how and where we produce it, and even how we define it," said General Director James W. Wright. "This new direction reallocates a significant portion of our resources to programming outside the traditional venue of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, in order to make our productions more accessible, while serving the dedicated opera lovers who have faithfully supported us for more than 50 years."

VO will continue to present important works from the opera canon on a grand scale in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The 2014-2015 season will include Bizet's beloved Carmen and Johann Strauss Jr.'s tuneful, joyous (and slightly sinister) Die Fledermaus. The season will also include, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, a production of Stephen Sondheim's masterful Sweeney Todd, the darkly beautiful study of obsession and revenge.