Career Development Grant
Notice of the 2018 Career Development Grant for singers pursuing a career in opera will be publicized in early November, 2017. This competition is open to singers between the ages of 20 and 33 years of age. The deadline for receipt of applications is Sunday, April 15, 2018.
The winner of the 2017 Career Development Grant (Production/Technical) was Director/Choreographer Anna Theodosakis (BC), whose project was to stage Dominick Argento’s From the Diary of Virginia Woolf, an art song cycle. The proposed project included three female performers: a singer, an actress, and a dancer, each representing a layer of Woolf’s persona. The performance was held at Todmorden Mills’ Papermill Gallery, Toronto.
Welcome back to another Opera season.
The Guild Centre is a place where theatre patrons have an opportunity to be informed about Guild activities, Special Events and upcoming Opera Tours. Tables with posters, brochures and information are set up in the lobby and in the mezzanine of the QET and are staffed by volunteers prior to each performance and during the intermissions.
The duties of the Guild Centre will start in October with four performances of Turandot, opening on Friday, October 13, and continuing with a matinée performance on Sunday, October 15, an evening performance on Thursday, October 19, and then ending on Saturday, October 21. Committee members will be contacted by me in due course.
The next opera, L’Elisir d’Amore will open on the afternoon of Sunday, January 21, 2018, followed by two more performances on January 25 and 27.
Occasionally the Guild Centre is also present at other functions..
I am looking forward to seeing you again in October.
Lore Hoffmann, Chair
David Steiner, Co-Chair
As of September 13, the Guild has five honorary members and 154 regular members, of whom six are new to the Guild since March. Please see the “Welcome” announcement elsewhere in this Newsletter to read the names of our newest members.
We would very much like to increase our membership roll. Please do keep the Guild in mind when you talk to your friends and acquaintances, and consider inviting them to join, or to attend an event. Personal invitations are an excellent form of advertising, and they are free!
At this point 45 people on the current membership list have not yet renewed their membership for the current year. If you are among them, I do hope that this is merely an oversight, and that you will fill out the membership renewal form attached to this Newsletter and mail it promptly, together with your cheque, to:
Membership Chair, Vancouver Opera Guild
1945 McLean Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N 3J7
Your membership is valuable to us! However, members who are still in arrears as of December 31 will, regrettably, be stricken from the list and receive no further Newsletters or Guild messages until the situation is rectified.
Gwyneth Westwick, Chair
Members of the Guild rehearsal refreshment committee are working together to provide food for all those who are part of the Turandot production. Refreshments will be available on Tuesday, October 10 for a VERY large cast!
John Poruks, Chair
Pat Hancock, Co-Chair
As of the time of writing this in early September, we have 24 people registered for the LA and San Diego Tour in October and 20 for the New York Tour in April 2018. Genny Maclean will be the Guild tour leader on the LA tour and Heather Clarke will be the tour leader for the NY tour.
Following our very successful tour to Italy in October 2016 and following many requests, we have another tour to Italy planned for August 2018. This is in preparation as I write but when you read these NOTES you will likely have the brochure. We plan to visit three of the smaller Italian festivals–Puccini, Rossini and Macareta– then one very large festival, Verona. At the moment the dates are August 8-20, 2018. We will stay in, or near, Lucca (Puccini), somewhere between Pesaro on the Adriatic Coast and Macareta, a little inland, to visit both of those festivals; then we will travel by comfortable coach to our hotel outside Verona, close to the Italian Lakes. With the exception of Verona, these festivals are small and very popular with Italians and other Europeans. The towns are located in the hilly areas of Umbria and Marche and in areas less familiar to North Americans, and therefore less touristy. Where necessary we will have coaches to take us to performances. However, as we have found that in these old towns large coaches are forced to park outside the centres, as they are too big to navigate the narrow streets, tour participants should be prepared to walk for 10 minutes if necessary.
This is really a very special tour – once in a lifetime really! It will be high season and hot, so we have requested good hotels with A/C and swimming pools so we can be comfortable during the hot afternoons and enjoy the Italian siestas! Please do tell Great Expeditions when you book if you need a walk-in shower. We have requested 30 tickets for all the performances but in Lucca and Pesaro some of the theatres are small and we shall be very lucky if we manage to acquire all 30 tickets! Lucca is near to Florence, where there is an airport (Pisa which is closer to Lucca has limited flights), and Verona has an airport too. We shall have the services of an Italian Tour Director throughout and the Guild leaders will be myself and Genny Maclean.
Our last tour to Berlin, Prague and Vienna was most enjoyable! See Past Tours for the report.
Lis Dawson, Chair
Ellen Doise, Co- Chair