MISSING Makes World Premiere at the York Theatre Next Month
Missing tells a story everybody knows, about a woman no one remembers.
Set in Vancouver and along the Highway of Tears, this music drama is being created to give voice to the story of Canada's missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, and to show that each and every one of these missing people is honored.
The chamber opera follows the fate of two young women - one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous - whose lives become tragically intertwined.
The young women will be portrayed by Métis Canadian coloratura soprano Melody Courage (soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria with the National Arts Center Orchestra and regular performer with Vancouver Opera) and soprano Caitlin Wood (Susanna in Vancouver Opera Festival's Marriage of Figaro).
Additional artists performing Missing's dramatically haunting score include Kaden Forsberg, Clarence Logan, Heather Molloy, Marion Newman, and Rose-Ellen Nichols.
The libretto is by the distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements. The composer is Juno-award winner Brian Current. The work is directed by Peter Hinton (Louis Riel, Canadian Opera Company) with music direction by City Opera Vancouver Artistic Director Charles Barber.
Missing is produced by City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria, in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre/DTES Heart of the City Festival.
Photo credit: Emily Cooper