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Friday, November 13, 2009

VO Announces Golden Anniversary Concert Program

Celebration includes performances by Brett Polegato,Tracy Dahl and Sally Dibblee, as well as video presentations from Ben Heppner and Richard Margison

Vancouver, BC ~ Vancouver Opera announced today the program for the Scotiabank Group Golden Anniversary Concert, to take place at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, November 6, 2009. Conducted and hosted by VO Music Director Jonathan Darlington, and directed by Michael Cavanagh, the Scotiabank Group Golden Anniversary Concert celebrates VO’s milestone season with a sublime evening of magnificent performances.

Highlights of the evening’s program include:

• Overture from Bernstein’s Candide
• “Tu che di gel sei sinta”, Liù’s aria from Puccini’s Turandot, sung by Sally Dibblee
• A special sneak preview of Lillian Alling, a new opera by John Estacio and John Murrell. Commissioned by VO, this brand-new Canadian opera will round out the Golden Anniversary celebrations when it premieres in October 2010.
• “Là ci darem la mano“ and ”Dalla sua pace” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, sung by Brett Polegato and Kathleen Brett, and Benjamin Butterfield
• The touching duet “Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren….” from Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, sung by Kimberly Barber and Tracy Dahl
• “Il lacerato spirito” from Verdi’s Simon Boccanegro, sung by bass Alain Coulombe with the Vancouver Opera Chorus
• “Pierrot's Tanzlied” from Korngold's Die tote Stadt, sung by Brett Polegato
• “Ton coeur n'a pas compris le mien... “ from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, sung by Kathleen Brett and Benjamin Butterfield
• “Va Tosca” from Puccini’s Tosca, sung by Yalun Zhang with the Vancouver Opera Chorus

The evening will also include a special ensemble performance of Act 2 of Johann Strauss’s beloved and highly entertaining Die Fledermaus, with some celebrity guests making surprise appearances.


The Scotiabank Group Golden Anniversary Concert & Gala celebration takes place on Friday, November 6, 2009.

The Concert begins at 7:00pm at the Orpheum Theatre; the Gala dinner follows, at the historic Commodore Ballroom.

Tickets to the Golden Anniversary Concert are $19 - $75 and are available at or through the VO Ticket Centre at 604-683-0222.

Gala Package tickets include both the Concert and Gala portions of the evening as well as a private pre-Concert Reception and valet parking. The Gala Package is $650 (includes $300 tax receipt) and is available exclusively through the VO Ticket Centre at 604-683-0222.

Artists and program are subject to change.



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