Future opera singers are easily identified at birth due to their multi-octave crying and graceful bows as they emerge from the womb. Check out how far these toddling tenors have come with today’s GrouponLive deal to see Opera Pro Cantanti perform at the Vancouver Welsh Society's Cambrian Hall. For $18, you get two general-admission tickets to any upcoming performance (up to a $36 value). Performances take place most Sundays at 7 p.m.
As one of Canada's only repertory opera companies, Opera Pro Cantanti is the pride and joy of founder, artistic director, and occasional soloist Richard Williams––a man who has led choirs performing for the Royal Family. The company's aria-belters consistently rehearse a collection of staple operas, allowing them to perform a rotating schedule of classics year-round. In anticipation of Verdi's 200th birthday in 2013, the singers are rolling out some of the composer's finest works, including La Traviata, the inspiration for Moulin Rouge, and Rigoletto, the source of the light and dancing "La donna è mobile," which has become the theme for stately scenes in pop culture and particularly fancy frisbee tournaments. Opera Pro Cantanti rounds out the season with cornerstone works from Bellini, such as I Capuleti e i Montecchi, a re-telling of Romeo and Juliet set amid the viciously warring factions of Venetian politics. Though the operas are big and the voices bigger, the performance space is quite intimate, with a homey atmosphere underlined by the singers' traditional, handmade costumes.