Inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival Brings Musical Drama To The City

Vancouver Opera Festival

Whoever says Vancouver has no culture hasn’t attended one of its many festivals. From Bhangra to film and fashion week to Pride, there’s something for everyone to attend and experience. The festival list for the city is getting a new addition as Vancouver Opera announced its inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival along with its 2016-17 season.

The Vancouver Opera Festival will take place over 16 days between April 28 and May 13, 2017 with a variety of events for audiences of all ages.

As the Vancouver International Film Festival screens selected films at its core, it’s also being revamping to attract wider audiences and reflect modern digital media. So as the core of VO’s festival are three new opera productions: Otello, Dead Man Walking and The Marriage of Figaro which feature world-class singers, design and opera experience.

Also featured at the festival is a video installation by artist Paul Wong, and live performances by vocal stylist Ute Lemper and Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq.

The festival will take over three venues: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse and Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza for a 500+ seater Festival Tent. VO’s new general director describes the festival format and programming as an opportunity to “engage, educate and entertain audiences”.

#tbt VO’s 1970 production of Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann.

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Festival events include workshops, master classes, preview talks, forums & discussions, film screenings and socials. For full  more information on festival events and schedule visit


Written by Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch

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