- $15 for one general-admission ticket (up to $26.16 value)
Dates and Times
- At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 19 or 26
- At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 20 or 27
- At 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 21 or 28
It’s not easy to make great art—especially great art about great artists. But Terrence McNally did just that with Master Class, his Tony-winning play-with-music about the life of soprano Maria Callas. The drama peers into a Juilliard classroom near the end of the opera diva’s career as she attempts to teach, reflects on the good and bad of her life, and looks at the things one must sacrifice for one’s art: love, comfort, and the freedom to inhale helium right before singing an aria. Throughout, stark humor and powerful moments weave through music by the likes of Puccini and Verdi. The resulting tapestry, according to the Hollywood Reporter, “will be talked about for years to come whenever people point to theater experiences that genuinely deserve to be labeled by the overused word ‘great.’” Master Class is the first production for the Mariposa Theatre Wing, a new branch of Opera Mariposa that will present plays and musicals with operatic elements.
Opera Mariposa and the Mariposa Theatre Wing
Opera Mariposa's mission is in its name. Taking its title from the Spanish word for "butterfly," the company aims to inspire talented and promising young performers to shed their literal cocoons and morph into the stars of tomorrow. It's the vision of soprano Jacqueline Ko, who set out to spotlight up-and-coming talent from throughout North America. Under her artistic direction, artists share both original and time-honoured pieces, ranging from revues of Broadway numbers to stagings of eighteenth-century works. It's an approach that has won acclaim from audiences and critics alike—Glass City remarked, "perhaps one of the most charming aspects of Opera Mariposa, is the sincere desire of those involved to break their audience’s preconceived notions, and to share their passion" and one of the young company's productions was hailed as "a masterpiece" by Review Vancouver, while The Voice called another "a stroke of genius."