City of Richmond presents Minoru Chapel Opera

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. performances

Giveaway: Two tickets to either the 2:00 pm or 7:00 pm Wednesday, April 2 performance will be given away to one lucky winner. Enter here

Vancouver Opera returns to showcase two operas seldom seen or heard: Iphigénie en Tauride by Gluck, and Savitri, by Holst, two mythical stories connected by compelling themes of life and death.

Based on Euripides’ ancient Greek tragedy, Iphigénie en Tauride tells of the Agamemnon family in the aftermath of the Trojan War. This presentation of Acts III and IV, will be an advance celebration of the 300th anniversary of Gluck’s birth. Holst’s one-act opera, Savitri, is an evocative 30-minute piece based upon the Mahabharata theology. Savitri, wife of Satyavan, contemplates life after she is confronted by Death.

Here is what the March Minoru Chapel Opera winner had to say:

I had a wonderful night attending the Burnaby Lyric Opera’s production of La Boheme in the beautiful Minoru Chapel Opera. A wonderful 4 act piece about love, friendship, hardships in life. Even though the opera wasn’t in English, there was a narrator who gave a brief overview of each act. The venue was small enough to allow for audience interaction, which made it quite unique. A wonderful production overall. Even seasoned opera attendees were moved by the performance. Thank you for organizing this, Burnaby Lyric Opera and City of Richmond – local government! And thank you, My Van City for refueling my interest in opera. Such a wonderful night.

Vancouver Opera is the second largest opera company in Canada and is regarded worldwide for its fine mainstage productions, education programs, award winning community programs and for forging groundbreaking cross-cultural creative partnerships that have brought opera to new generations of Canadians.

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