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Strathcona Symphony Orchestra’s Opera Night
December 10, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 2:00 pm, repeating until December 11, 2022
The Strathcona Symphony Orchestra (“SSO”) is proud to present music from the world’s most beloved opera works by classical composers, Mozart, Bizet, and Rossini.
Vancouver Island opera singers, Jennifer Rasor (soprano), Shanté Van Horlick (mezzo-soprano), and Michael MacKinnon (bass-baritone), will be performing with the symphony selections from The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così Fan Tutte (Mozart), Carmen (Bizet), and The Barber of Seville (Rossini). The soloists have graced Canadian, American, and European stages, and the SSO is honoured to accompany their voices for “Opera Night”.
The SSO musicians are thrilled to expand their musical abilities by tackling some of the world’s opera favourites alongside three renowned guest soloists. The experience will give Comox Valley concertgoers the opportunity to enjoy such a wonderful genre without traveling too far from home.
Although a complete opera would include elaborate makeup, set, and costume designs, attendees will get to enjoy well-known pieces and hopefully be inspired to attend a full opera by companies such as Pacific Opera Victoria or the Vancouver Opera.
While many music lovers today associate opera as a historical style linked to the aristocracy, the form was originally created and developed as a musical spectacle for the masses.
Historically, royalty commissioned an opera, and it was considered a crowning achievement for the composer. At the time, this style of music was often viewed as the pinnacle of a composer’s career.
Tickets for the Symphony’s “Opera Night” can be purchased at https://strathcona-symphony-orchestra.tickit.ca/, or at the door, if available. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 years and under.
Performances are on December 10th at 7:00 pm and December 11 at 2:00 pm. The concerts will be held at the Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay.
For more information about the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra, please visit the website, www.strathconasymphony.ca.