Opera

Chair, Voice and Opera Divisions | Director, UBC Opera Ensemble: Nancy Hermiston

2016-2017 season single tickets will be on sale in September.

As of September, tickets for all UBC Opera performances including those at the Old Auditorium, Chan Centre, and the Botanical Garden are available through UBC Opera by telephone (604.822.6725), online at ubcoperatickets.com or in person at the Old Auditorium or Freddy Wood Box Office.

To purchase a subscription, details and order form available in the UBC Opera Brochure (pdf) or contact 604-822-6725 or email info@ubcopera.com for more information about the season or if you would like a brochure mailed to you.

Next Performance

Eugene Onegin

Opera in Three Acts // Sung in Russian with English surtitles
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky// Composer
Konstantin Shilovsky// Libretto (based on novel by Alexander Pushkin)

February 2, 3, 4 // 7:30 pm
February 5 // 2:00 pm
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

David Agler Conductor
Krzysztof Biernacki Director
UBC Symphony Orchestra

Onegin_iconThis lyric and dramatic opera was composed in 1878 and first performed at the Moscow Conservatory in 1879. Now a staple of the repertoire and widely performed, the opera contains a wonderful variety of Russian folk music, grand party scenes along with intimate family scenes and dramatic encounters.

The story is that of a selfish hero – Eugene Onegin of the title, who rejects the love of a young woman and fatally confronts his best friend in a duel. Many years later, older and wiser he meets the woman, now the wife of a wealthy aristocrat and their roles are reversed as she rejects him.

The action begins in the countryside near St. Petersburg where the Larin family live. We meet Madame Larina and her two daughters, Tatyana and Olga, along with their guests, Lensky and Onegin. Tatyana is lovestruck by Onegin and spends the evening writing love letters. At her birthday dance the following day, Onegin rejects her and flirts instead with her sister Olga. Olga’s fiancé, Lensky, is annoyed and challenges Onegin to a duel. Remorseful after inciting the duel, Onegin leaves Russia and travels for several years. Upon his return he is invited to a ball at the grand palace of Prince Gremin. He recognises the prince’s beautiful wife – Tatyana, but while she still remembers her love for Onegin, she remains faithful to her husband.

Unrequited love, duelling friends, passion and despair are set to glorious music.

Ariadne auf Naxos

Opera in Two Parts // Sung in German with English surtitles
Richard Strauss // Composer
Hugo von Hofmannsthal // Libretto

June 22, 23, 24 // 7:30 pm
June 25 // 2:00 pm
Old Auditorium

Jonathan Darlington Conductor
Nancy Hermiston Director
Members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra

Ariadne_iconOriginally intended as a 30 minute divertissement to be performed in 1912 after a production of Molière’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Strauss ended up composing a 90 minute work. Since this required both a company of actors and singers and ran over 6 hours, in 1916 von Hofmannsthal suggested composing a sung prologue instead of mounting the play and this is the version which is regularly performed today. It is a work which examines the role of Art in society, with a Prologue showing the backstage antics and preparations for the “opera within an opera” which comprises the second part.

A rich patron has commissioned a new opera from a brilliant young composer based on the Greek myth of Ariadne and has invited his friends to dinner for the premiere. No one has told the composer that his work will be followed by a comedy sketch performed by an Italian commedia dell’arte troupe and the evening will end with an impressive fireworks display. When dinner runs late and the patron decrees that both the opera and the comedy sketch must be performed simultaneously we see the backstage mayhem that this involves.

The performance begins – Ariadne and the nymphs are abandoned on Naxos. In the midst of their despair who is there to cheer them up but Zerbinetta and her clown friends, Harlekin, Brighella, Scaramuccio and Truffaldino.

When the God Bacchus arrives, love transforms everyone …