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Chemainus may be small, but the events are anything but!
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La Fille du Régiment - Live
La Fille du Régiment – Live Broadcast
Estimated Run Time 2hrs 35mins
Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.
This frothy comedy mixes humor with a rush of buoyant melody and notorious vocal challenges. The story concerns a young orphan girl raised by an army regiment as their mascot and begins at the moment of her first stirrings of love. Complications (and comedy) ensue when her true identity is discovered. The action is startlingly simple and unencumbered by intricate subplots, allowing the full charm of the characters and their virtuosic music to come across uninhibited.
Sung in French
Tom Cochrane, one of Canada’s
Tom Cochrane, one of Canada’s best-selling songwriters of all time, returns to Cowichan to celebrate four decades of his illustrious music career with an evening of classic rock hits.
This multiple award-winning, rock superstar has transcended time and generations with music that continues to resonate with fans old and new with an extensive collection of mainstream hits that include Lunatic Fringe, Big League, Boy Inside the Man, Human Race and No Regrets.
The Firehall Arts Centre production
The Firehall Arts Centre production of …
CIRCLE GAME – REIMAGINING THE MUSIC OF JONI MITCHELL
Winner of the 2017 Ovation Awards for Outstanding Professional Production and Outstanding Music Direction
“Circle Game is perfection” – Vancouver Presents
“It’s an ingenious idea—to combine Joni Mitchell’s stunning work with the enthusiasm, curiosity, and charisma of this young and talented cast.” – Ashlie Corcoran, Artistic Director
One of the most influential recording artists of the late 20th century, Joni Mitchell has often reflected on social and environmental ideals through her music. Circle Game reinterprets Mitchell’s iconic songs such as Big Yellow Taxi, River,” “California,” and “A Case of You” through the ears and eyes of a new generation, connecting to the politics and world we know today.
Created & directed by Andrew Cohen & Anna Kuman
Noteworthy Concerts - The Bergmann
Noteworthy Concerts – The Bergmann Piano Duo perform Cellicious with cellist Rebecca Wenham
Principal cellist of the Vancouver Opera, chamber musician, Rebecca Wenham performs with the Bergmann Piano Duo in a spring concert featuring a selection of works by Bach, Bernstein, Britten, Bergmann and much more!
This Noteworthy Classical Concert offers a wonderful array of cello repertoire that demonstrates the lyrical and romantic as well as the dramatic and rhythmical qualities of the instrument.
Die Walküre - Live Broadcast Richard Wagner Estimated
Die Walküre – Live Broadcast
Estimated Run Time 4hrs 55mins
In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan with Philippe Jordan conducting.
Die Walküre is Wagner’s second opera in his monumental Ring cycle. The Ring cycle is four of Wagner’s biggest operas, all linked together by the same story, which include Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung.
Die Walküre has long stood on its own as an evening of extraordinarily powerful theater. Part of this appeal lies in its focus on some of the Ring’s most interesting characters at decisive moments of their lives: Wotan, the leader of the gods; his wife, Fricka; his twin offspring, Siegmund and Sieglinde; and, above all, Wotan’s warrior daughter Brünnhilde. These characters and others follow their destinies to some of Wagner’s most remarkable music.
Die Walküre is set in mythological times, when gods, giants, dwarves, and humans all contended for power. It takes place entirely in human territory, as the balance of power in the cosmic struggle tips ever so slowly toward humanity.
Sung in German