News and Events Blog

December 2018

We’re very pleased to announce that the City of Vancouver has granted Opera Opulenza three years as Artists-in-Residence at the Oak Park Fieldhouse! In partnership with our friends at Emily Carr University and chART Public Art, our mandate is to embark on community engagement throughout Marpole and beyond. We are very grateful to the City of Vancouver and the Parks Board for this fantastic opportunity! Stay tuned for more details!

December 2018

We finished our last concerts of the year at Arbutus Manor and the Chalmers Lodge performing duets and arias with only a few Christmas carols. Such good turnouts at each event and they were especially pleased that we didn’t overload the programme with Christmas music! Performers were: baritone Andy Greenwood, mezzo Nadine Cornelius, sopranos Kirenia Sanchez and Trudy Chalmers, plus Roger Parton on piano.

November 2018

Sopranos Tamar Simon, Trudy Chalmers and Brenda Katzef, plus tenor Mark Pepe, baritone Pavol Simoncic and pianist Roger Parton performed for seniors at the Chalmers Lodge. This was our 3rd year performing there and they’ve asked us back to perform a Christmas concert on Dec 15.

September 2018

We just did a lecture on opera at Emily Carr University with performances by soprano Michelle Koebke, baritone Andy Greenwood and pianist Roger Parton.

August 2018

Tomorrow night – a vocal masterclass with Elaina Moreau, 7 pm, at the Chown Memorial Church (3519 Cambie St.). Don’t miss it! If you’d like to sing in the class, we have two spaces available! Message us to register, and bring two copies of your music. Audience fee is $10, participant fee is $25.

June 2018

This Friday, June 22nd is our end-of-season opera gala concert at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, in West Vancouver! Join us as we present an evening of sublime opera favorites. Get your tickets online at https://operaopulenza.ca/tickets

June 2018

Opera Opulenza Presents…Sunny Shams, award-winning operatic tenor! A recital of opera arias and art songs with piano accompaniment by Roger Parton. June 9, 2018 at White Rock Community Church
Tickets: $25 online, $20 seniors/students, $28 at the door.

March 2018

Join us for our Opera Gala Concert. A glamorous evening of opera favourites, with a silent auction to support Opulenza productions and programming!
March 16th at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm, Unitarian Church Vancouver 49 th and Oak.
Tickets: $25 online, $28 cash at the door, $20 Students/Seniors
Mark Pepe – tenor
Trudy Chalmers – soprano
Andrew Greenwood – baritone
Nadine Cornelius – mezzo-soprano
Pavol Simoncic – baritone
Michelle Koebke – soprano
Sunny Shams – tenor
Roger Parton – piano

July 2017

We’ve been getting some rave reviews for “The Tales of Hoffmann”.

“If you are free tonight you must see Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the York Theatre on Commercial Drive. I was blown away. The sets were imaginative, the stage craft excellent and the singing amazing. Best opera I’ve see in Vancouver in ages. Don’t miss it. 7:00 pm.” Peter Moskos

“The Tales of Hoffmann” by Jacques Offenbach at the York Theatre

We will be performing the magical opera “The Tales of Hoffmann” at the York theatre July 21 & 22, 2017 starring Sunny Shams as Hoffmann, Andy Greenwood as the 4 villains, Elaina Moreau as Olympia, Shadan Saul as Antonia, Trudy Chalmers as Giulietta, LisaMarie Bresett as Nicklaus, Peter Monaghan as Luther, Crespel and Schlemihl, Jessica Turje as the Voice, and Jim DeLaHunt as the 4 servants.

Thank you to Tom Lee Music for donating a baby grand piano for our production of HOFFMANN.

December 2016

Thank you to our singers today: Elaina Moreau, Mark Pepe, Ming-Xuan, Jessica Wright, Serina Li and Jim DeLaHunt for a wonderful mini Christmas/opera concert at the Chalmers Lodge! Thank you, as well, to Roger Parton for the fabulous accompaniment! The audience enjoyed it greatly!

June 2016

Cavalleria Rusticana 

Tonight is the night! Opera Opulenza brings you Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana! 7pm at St Mark’s on Larch and 2nd in Vancouver. Tickets can be purchased at the door. June 11, 2016

Cavalleria Rusticana at Minoru Chapel

Opera Opulenza is excited to be performing in Minoru Chapel’s Opera Series this year in Richmond. We will be performing Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria Rusticana in costume and semi-staged June 1st, 2016 at 2pm and 7pm.

February 2016

International Wine Festival

If you are headed to the International Wine Festival Friday, Feb 26 and Saturday, Feb 27 we’ll be there singing some opera favourites! We closed the festival last year and are opening it this year!

2015

March 2015 

International Wine Festival

Opera Opulenza singers perform at International Wine Festival to usher in the announcement that Italy will be the theme for 2016’s festival!

A special thanks to all our sponsors!

Ein Liederabend – an evening of German art songs

Please join us for a special concert of selected German Lieder by Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, Wolf, Wagner, Schoenberg and Strauss.   St Mark’s Anglican Church, 1805 Larch Street, Vancouver, Saturday November 7th | 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm, $20 | $15 students/seniors (tickets online or cash at door)

Exultate! Sacred Music by the Great Composers

Please join us for a special concert of sacred music by Schubert, Mozart, Faure, Bach, Brahms, Liszt and more. We will be featuring Schubert’s Mass in G Major. Pyatt Hall, VSO School of Music 843 Seymour Street, Vancouver Saturday | May 23rd | 7pm | doors open 6:30pm | $25 | $20 students/seniors (tickets online or cash at door)

Chansons et Chocolat

Please join us for a special concert of French art songs by Fauré, Ravel, Bizet, and Debussy and indulge in some fine handmade, local, artisan chocolates donated by Chocolate Arts and Zimt Artisan Chocolates  as well as coffee from Milano Coffee Roasters.           Pyatt Hall, VSO School of Music 843 Seymour Street, Vancouver Saturday | February 28th | 7pm | doors open 6:30pm | $25 | $20 students/seniors (tickets online or cash at door)

Grand Opening Gala Concert

This concert will be filled with favourite opera arias and duets by Bizet, Saint-Saens, Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Mozart and more.   Saturday, January 24th at 7pm at the wonderful Pyatt Hall.  Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25 at the door.

Thank you to DAVE RADIO at CiTR for the interview and shout out for the gala performance!

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