Welcome to our new members: Tom Herbst, Susan Hughes and Jane Srivastava.
Welcome to our new members: Tom Herbst, Susan Hughes and Jane Srivastava.
The final production of UBC’s Opera Division will be R. Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, directed by Nancy Hermiston, with members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Darlington. Performances are Thursday, June 22, Friday, June 23, Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 2:00pm. Tickets: Adults $41; Seniors $31; UBC Students $15; non-UBC students $20. For further information about the upcoming season and tickets, call (604) 822-6725 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy a concert of opera arias and song favourites in a casual setting in our theatre or in the UBC Botanical Gardens. Coffee, tea and light refreshments are served. Reservations are required for the Opera Tea series; call (604) 822-6725.
Opera Tea in the Garden (UBC Botanical Gardens)
While enjoying a concert of opera selections performed by the UBC Opera Ensemble, enjoy the beauty of UBC’s Botanical Gardens. Performances Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm.
Members of the UBC Opera Ensemble join Sondra Radvanovsky for an afternoon of music and a masterclass. March 29, 2017 from 12:00 to 4:00 in the UBC Old Auditorium. Admission is free, but registration is required. Seating is limited. Registration will open on March 1, 2017, at which time reservations can be made by calling the UBC Opera Box Office at (604) 822-6725.
Suzanne Hartley – It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of Suzanne Hartley in January. Suzanne was a cheerful traveller on many Guild Tours to New York and to Europe. Her most recent overseas tour was to Paris and London and she was registered to go to New York in April. Her ever present good humour and positive outlook made her a valued companion and tour member. Our condolences go to her family.
Alex Macleod died unexpectedly on December 30, 2016 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He was born on January 5, 1935 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. He first taught high school in Vancouver before becoming a professor in the Music Education department at UBC, where he taught until his retirement 20 years ago. Alex was always very active in the local theatre and opera scenes and was a long-time member of the Vancouver Opera chorus. A born entertainer, he frequently performed with Dunbar Musical Theatre, MUSSOC (UBC Musical Theatre Society), Theatre Under the Stars, Metro Theatre, the North Shore Light Opera, and APPLAUSE! Musicals. He also served on the boards of the Vancouver Youth Symphony and Theatre Under the Stars and was active in the Vancouver Opera Guild. Many of his younger friends, students, and colleagues have benefited and flourished under his tutelage and encouragement. Though Vancouver was home, his heart was forever in Puerto Vallarta where, after his retirement, he would spend several months every winter hanging out with friends from around North America. Every day he would hold court under his palapa on the beach in front of the El Dorado restaurant. His friends fondly recall his annual Valentine’s Day beach party and how he loved to startle diners at Maximilian’s restaurant by breaking into some Mexican song with a local guitar trio. He is sorely missed by his friends in Vancouver and Puerto Vallarta.
Arline McFarlane – It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Arline McFarlane on Friday, February 12, 2016. Arline served as President of the VOG 1999 – 2001.
Anne Fleming Pearson died peacefully October 8, 2016 at Cottage Hospice surrounded by family. Being the woman she was, she died as she lived: on her own terms. Anne was born and raised in Calgary and moved to Vancouver to train as a nurse at Vancouver General Hospital. There she met and married Lawrence Pearson and adopted daughter Jane.
Anne was involved in many community organizations that actively helped others. She worked with the United Way, the YWCA, Crabtree Corner, the Elizabeth Fry Society, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Guild, Brock House, False Creek Residents Association and was a past member of the West Vancouver Police Board.
She was pre-deceased by her husband Lawrence Oscar Pearson and brother James Crawford, and will always be remembered by her daughter Jane (Jim Hirst), grandson Lincoln, nieces, nephews and many friends.
The Vancouver Opera Guild is pleased to announce the introduction of Donation Cards. Cards will be printed, on demand, on VOG notecard stationery bearing the current VOG logo, and may bear either the donor’s choice of a number of standard wordings, or a custom-designed message.
Read more about this new opportunity to support us over here.
Congratulations to Mezzo-soprano Pascale Spinney, winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Northwest Regional Finals which were held in Seattle January 8, 2017. Pascale is currently in the Yulanda Faris Young Artists Program with Vancouver Opera. She has now been chosen to proceed to the next level in the Semi-Finals in New York this March.
Pascale performed the role of Hansel in Vancouver Opera’s production of Hänsel & Gretel this past December. The Guild takes great pleasure in congratulating Pascale, who was a winner of the Western Canada District Auditions sponsored by the Vancouver Opera Guild last November, on her performance at Benaroya Hall.
Friday, June 2, 2017
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
3811 Point Grey Road, Vancouver
(street parking available)
11:15 am for lunch at 12 noon
Silent Auction and 50/50 tickets
Entertainment by Academy of Music students
Tickets are $55. A later invitation will include an RSVP to complete and return with your payment
Supporting our mission of assisting young opera singers
The Vancouver Opera Guild provides financial support in the form of bursaries to promising young students enrolled in the Voice and Opera Division of the University of British Columbia School of Music and in the Vancouver Academy of Music Opera Division. The bursaries are awarded annually. Financial support for these bursaries is obtained in large part from the BC Gaming Commission and all funds must be used to further the recipient’s education in the field of opera.
The 2017 UBC recipients of the Vancouver Opera Guild Student Bursaries are:
The 2017 VAM recipients of the Vancouver Opera Guild Student Bursaries are:
Our congratulations to all these students!
The Vancouver Opera Guild also provides financial support to the Voice and Opera Division of the UBC School of Music and the Opera Division of the Vancouver Academy of Music to assist with the production costs of their opera productions.
The decisions regarding how the production grants are to be spent are made by the Head of the UBC Voice and Opera Division and the Head of the VAM Opera Division respectively, in conjunction with the VOG Awards Committee Chair.
Canada Post has issued a new booklet of domestic stamps honoring Irving Guttman, Gerald Finley and Adrianne Pieczonka.
The booklet contains five pairs of stamps, The first three stamps shine the spotlight on award-winning bass baritone Gerald Finley, internationally-acclaimed soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, and late director Irving Guttman, known as ‘the father of opera in Western Canada.’ The final two stamps honour the 1967 work Louis Riel, which romanticizes the life of the legendary Métis leader while Filumena is the tale of an Italian immigrant who was the only woman to be hanged in Alberta.
These stamps were released on February 4, 2017 and are available now at all Post Office outlets.