The Vancouver Concert Opera Society treats audiences to purely musical renditions of beloved works warbled by preeminent opera singers. One of Giuseppe Verdi's most popular pieces, Rigoletto introduces listeners to the tragic story of a womanizing duke, his titular jester, and the jester's beautiful daughter. With classic songs of love, betrayal, and sacrifice, the opera's dark plot tugs on heartstrings and ties them into trick knots. Notable singers include internationally recognized, Vancouver-based tenor Frédérik Robert and Toronto-hailing baritone Keith O'Brien. Jesse Award–winning actor Bernard Cuffling interjects with English narration, preventing mystification in non-Italian speakers and comforting Italians who feel as though they are missing out on the traditional opera experience of language-barrier confusion.
Signature service: Dance studio
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Revolution Dance Wear
Pro Tip: Call ahead for class availability.
Before Jordyn Palmer founded Edge Performing Arts and Dance, she unleashed her powerful pipes on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Hall. These experiences, along with holding starring roles in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Jane Eyre, readied Palmer to lead fledgling singers and actors toward their own performance goals. Along with dance teacher Sanna James, Palmer leads private lessons, group classes, and summer camps that focus on stage presence, self-confidence, and turning every Shakespearean sonnet into a dance number.
The Murder Mystery Company challenges diners to exercise detective skills and fledgling telepathic abilities in a comedic evening of mock murder and faux fatalities that unfolds during a three-course meal. Between an introductory salad and a mystery-dessert epilogue, guests nosh on one of three of the Empress Tea Room & Bistro's main-course munchables, including options with fish, chicken, or vegetables fashioned to spell out a ransom note. As mouths occupy themselves, the mystery begins with a murder, and a detective soon arrives on the scene to locate the perpetrator in the audience. Tablemates work together to clear their good names, slyly sleuthing and sorting out clues, flexing critical-thinking skills, and preparing for futures in real-life crime. All patrons will receive a photo slideshow from the performance as a way to fondly remember light-hearted death-themed evenings.
Opera Pro Cantanti, Canada's inaugural repertory opera company, stages original productions of classics by renowned composers such as Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi. This season, guests may choose from three performances of Verdi's La Traviata (September 11, October 10, and October 17), a musical tragedy about a courtesan who trades her happiness for love and a star quarterback for her fantasy-football team. The company will also present Verdi's Rigoletto, the tale of a cursed court jester, on September 25 before regifting it during the holiday season. On October 2, 9, 16, 30, and 31, the opera will tackle I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini's retelling of Romeo and Juliet, with powerful arias and brawny libretti. Cambrian Hall's small, intimate theatre helps visitors connect with the singers on an emotional level without having to velcro themselves to the stage. Audiences can check the online schedule for additional productions later in the season.