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Live Opera on Sunday Evenings!

From: user 9.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 10:14 AM
Dear Social Butterflies,

I'd like to invite you to experience Opera Pro Cantanti, Canada's only repertory opera company...right here in Vancouver!  We have recently had several groups plan a "dinner and opera" evening, meeting for a specially priced meal at Burgoo on Main Street and then proceeding to the opera just a few blocks away.  We perform most Sunday evenings...if you are interested in arranging an event for the Social Butterflies, please contact our group coordinator, Peter Moskos, at [address removed]

What is Opera Pro Cantanti?

Each year, our small opera company presents several great operas from the standard repertoire. As a repertory company we alternate these operas throughout our season. We perform using traditional sets and costumes, created by the company members themselves. Our 100-seat performance venue is several times smaller than professional opera houses (which often seat well over a thousand people.) This intimate setting brings the opera closer to the audience, condensing all of the passion and intensity and allowing the audience increased communication and connection with the singers.

Our singers include some of the best voices in Vancouver, singers whose power, technical ability, artistry and expressiveness rival those of singers on the great stages. You will be amazed at what you hear and see.

Join us for thrilling opera. The cost is by donation and you pay what you can afford. If you love great singing and powerful drama in an intimate setting, Opera Pro Cantanti is the best artistic experience Vancouver has to offer.

We perform on Sunday evenings, starting at 7:30 pm, in the Cambrian Hall at[masked]th Ave. East, just off Main Street.


Lucia di Lammermoor, by Donizetti: Sunday, May 17th at 7:30 pm.

This week we present a full production of Lucia di Lammermoor with a stellar cast. Soprano Julie Duerichen absolutely sparkles in the title role, one of the most challenging parts ever written for coloratura soprano.  Lucia's dashing lover, Edgardo is sung by Anna W��rje, and Lucia's self-serving brother is expertly portrayed by Richard Williams.  The role of the family priest, Raimondo, is sung by Chris Kovarik.  

Lucia di Lammermoor is one of the great operas of the Bel Canto period. The story is taken from Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor, itself based on an actual incident. The story is driven by a feud between two families in the Lammermuirs area of Scotland, the Ashtons and the Ravenswoods. Lucia Ashton loves Edgardo, Master of Ravenswood, whose family and fortune have been destroyed by Lucia's father and her brother, Enrico. Meanwhile, Enrico is determined to marry Lucia to another man in order to obtain political and financial security for the family. After being tricked into marriage Lucia goes mad and murders her new husband. She arrives at the wedding banquet completely out of her mind and covered in blood. The subsequent "mad scene" is the most famous mad scene in all of opera and the supreme test of a colouratura soprano, while Edgardo's heartrendingly beautiful final aria never fails to move audiences. 

This will be a great performance. We hope you will join us for some wonderful opera.

When: Sunday, May 17 at 7:30 pm

Where: The Cambrian Hall (Welsh Society), 215 East 17th Ave. Just one door east of Main Street.

Cost: That's up to you. This is an OPC pay-what-you-can Open House.

Your attendance and generosity keep us on stage! Hope to see you at a performance in the near future...

Next week, Sunday May 24th at 7:30pm: Verdi's La Traviata



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