Valentine's Day Concert (Dinner before)

  • February 14, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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Valentine’s Serenade. An Evening of Puccini, Brahms, and more! Presented by Opera di Concertisti e Meraviglie in Vancouver Feb. 14th, 8 pm & Maple Ridge Feb. 7th, 8 pm

Friday February 14th
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Vancouver, BC, V6H 1M8

(one block east of Granville, buses 10, 09, 14, 99)

Tickets are 15 dollars for Meet-up members, and 12 dollars for Meetup Seniors. (For discounted tickets type in Meetup)

Opera di Concertisti is Vancouver’s newest professional opera company. It presents a diverse group of professional artists from different walks of their career from recent graduates, like Matt Chittick to veterans of the Canadian opera stages such as Maple Ridge’s Megan Latham, performers from some of BC’s best- loved music ensembles such as Musica intima, as well as a few professional singers in the process of transitioning back to music. The artist run company was created by Elizabeth Lewis Celeste in August of 2012, with the purpose of creating a new alternative for BC’s singers and music lovers, and has been receiving international attention. By hook or by crook, the singers are all paid a fee, in addition the company is beginning an opera-in-school program, and runs a Cinderella Ticket Program, which gives away tickets to those on income assistance, disability, or to at risk youth with plans to create a community chorus this year. This concert is a presentation of the Neues Liebeslieder op. 65 by Johannes Brahms as well as the shimmering romantic duets of Puccini, Gershwin, Bernstein, and others. Selections include the Flower duet from Madama Butterfly, duet from I Pagliacci, excerpts from La Boheme, Porgy and Bess, well-loved Puccini arias from Tosca, Gianni Schicchi, and Boheme, and some favourites from Carmen, Lakme, with some favourites from the musical theatre repertoire.
The Artists
The singers include soprano, Elizabeth Lewis Celeste; mezzo, Megan Latham; tenor, Matt Chittick; and baritone. Andrew Greenwood: with pianists, Nikolai Maloff, and Roger Parton.
All four singers share a UBC connection. Elizabeth Lewis Celeste spent a year at UBC as an exchange student and is a graduate of McGill and Indiana University and performed in a Masterclass series with Dame Joan Sutherland at Britten-Pears. She has performed with the Handel Society, the Toledo Symphony, the North Czech Philharmonic, as well as opera companies in London, UK. She is a recent Semi-Finalist at the New York Oratorio Competition, and won “Most Promising Young Artist” at the Eastern Washington MET Auditions.
Megan Latham is a graduate of UBC (B. Mus.) and University of Toronto (M. Opera) and performs regularly with many of Canada’s leading opera companies such as the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and Pacific Opera in Victoria. Her voice has been described as “clear and honey colored” (Opera Canada). She made her Carnegie Hall Debut with the Marilyn Horne Foundation and currently enjoys a busy concert career across North America.
Andrew Greenwood is also a UBC graduate and enjoys a busy life as an in demand soloist across BC internationally. He has performed with the Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, City Opera Vancouver, and the Stadt Theatre Hildesheim, Germany, among others. He has a large repertoire of over 20 roles, and is also an active concert singer and on his off days works as a fireman in Vancouver.
Matt Chittick is the youngest singer in the concert and is also a UBC (M.Mus.) and McGill (B.Mus.) graduate and will be embarking to Germany this summer to sing his first Magic Flute with Opera Cologne. He has performed leading roles with the Vancouver Island Opera, Burnaby Lyric, Opera Mariposa, and recently performed La Boheme in Rome.
Rounding out the program are the two excellent pianists for the evening Nikolai Maloff (I) and Roger Parton (II). Nikolai holds a PhD from UBC, and works with the Vancouver Island Opera, has won several prestigious piano competitions such as the Virginia Waring, Franz Liszt (Italy), Eckhardt-Gramatté and Canadian Music Competition in addition to being an active recitalist and teacher. Roger Parton is an active composer, an in-demand recitalist, in addition to performing regularly as an opera pianist. He has also performed with the Welsh Men’s Chorus and the Welsh Society’s gala evenings.

Option to meet before hand at Kaneda Sushi, 1418 West Broadway at 6 pm.

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  • Elizabeth L.

    Thanks everyone for coming out to see the show to stay in contact be sure to visit my website and sign up for our mailing list. I produce a newsletter once a month (in two parts) and I give away a pair of free tickets to one of the individuals that open the first letter. It lets everyone know about the progress of the shows, singers, and our programs. There is a sign up on the website now (at the top right of the page)

    Thanks again,
    hugs Liz

    and we are on Facebook at

    February 15, 2014

  • Elizabeth L.

    Wonderful to see so many familiar faces in the audience, it always makes it worth while!

    February 15, 2014

  • Mac

    I am interested attend

    February 13, 2014

  • Lynn

    Thanks for organizing this event, and for the discount! I'm looking forward to it. How do I RSVP for the dinner as well?

    1 · January 25, 2014

    • Elizabeth L.

      Yes Yvonne will be there for the dinner and it is under my name Elizabeth,

      February 12, 2014

    • Kumi

      Thank you!

      February 12, 2014

  • Molly

    What is the cost of the ticket?

    January 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I found it but it gives us the full price $25

      February 10, 2014

    • Elizabeth L.

      Go to the link and click on the blue text says enter a password or discount code and enter Meetup

      1 · February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The tickets are $25. How do we get the discount?

    February 10, 2014

  • Ashley

    Do we have to buy tickets ourselves?

    January 28, 2014

  • kevin s.

    I love sing. But most people ask me to stop.

    1 · January 16, 2014

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