Our annual performances at Bard on the Beach begin this Monday, August 26 with more performances on Monday, September 2. We perform at 1pm and 7pm on each of those dates so you’ve got FOUR chances to hear us perform Viva Verdi! a tribute to opera’s greatest composer with excerpts from many of his operas […]
This certainly never occurred during OUR production of Carmen (either in Vancouver or the Czech Republic)! The stalwart, respected tenor Alexei Steblianko went toe-to-toe with a visibly swaying Dragana Jugović del Monaco. Steblianko looks like he knows he’s in trouble but sees it through like a good professional. As for his leading lady, well, you […]
Thank you to Milena Janda for providing a brief translation of a review of our UBC Opera Ensemble Cunning Little Vixen performed in the Czech Republic. This review is for the performance that took place in Benesov. The Cunning Little Vixen Canadian Style. Jan Dehner (musicologist) Janacek’s (and Tesnohlidek’s) Vixen had already long time ago left […]
Thank you to Milena Janda for summarizing these Czech reviews. Sensual Francesca Corrado and captivating Weilong Tao It would be difficult to compete with the recent performances of Carmen in Teplice. The velvety mezzo-soprano of Francesca Corrado representing the fiery and untamable heroine and Tao’s love-torn and finally defeated and suffering Don Jose were both […]
Here are some pictures of the production of Carmen we’re performing in the Czech Republic, taken by the UBC Opera Ensemble performers themselves! Follow this link to view more photos!
After a recent rehearsal of Carmen, the T‑shirt-clad UBC singers played volleyball in the meadow. “I love the country, everything, including the barns,” says Francesca Corrado, who plays the provocative gypsy with a thing for matadors. She often visited her grandfather in rural Italy as a child and says Campbellford reminds her of those happy days. […]
Those talented UBC Opera Ensemble performers found time during their current performance schedule of The Cunning Little Vixen to recreate the official artwork for the upcoming 2014 performances in Vancouver using actual performers in costume from their Czech Republic performances. What can’t the UBC Opera Ensemble members do? Such talent and imagination.