Nuit d'Amour

Last night’s Bard on the Beach Opera & Arias performance was a chance to see the combined talents of the UBC Opera Ensemble and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Together on the Bard on the Beach Mainstage, they showcased highlights of several Verdi operas, this year’s chosen theme. For the 10th year in a row, this popular summer tradition returns with two more performances on September 2, at 1 and 7 pm.

Several opera stars young and old sang from Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Nabuco, Un Ballo in Maschera and Falstaff in a two-hour performance hosted by Bard director Christopher Gaze. This is a wonderful opportunity to sample many operas in one evening. With Gaze hosting, we were in for a treat as each opera was briefly introduced beforehand, giving background and meaning to what we were about to hear.

UBC’s Nancy Hermiston directs the in-concert staging as conductor Leslie Dala leads the musicians.

Standout performances included Rhosyln Jones as Lenora in Il Trovatore’s Tacea la note placid, Taylor Pardell as Gilda in Rigoletto’s Caro none, and Tony Caruso performing as the Duke in well-known and loved Rigoletto’s La donne e mobile. The evening culminated with the final scene from Falstaff, with key performers and a full chorus decked out in an array of masks, enveloping Dala and musicians. It was a beautiful site to behold, rounding out Viva Verdi!

Whether you’re an opera buff or just opera-curious, this is a great way to enjoy an evening with a beautiful backdrop of the waterfront at Kits Point.

Visit the Bard on the Beach website for tickets to both remaining performances, priced at $43 (evening) and $30 (afternoon). Youth (ages 6 to 25) tickets are $25.


  • Comment by Sand In My Suitcase — August 27, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    Just wanted to say what a great Vancouver blog! Nice to see (Vancouver is our hometown too).

  • Comment by arianec — August 27, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

    Thanks, Janice!

  • Comment by Dr Schoen — August 30, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    I was at the evening performance no August 26 and it was truly unbelievable that the performers were mere students… the quality of their voices and professionalism of their presentation was astounding. I’m going back September 2 to hear the other cast!

  • Comment by arianec — August 30, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    Dr. Schoen, I too was amazed with the quality and vocal range of the group. What a fun and talented evening to round out the summer on Bard!

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