This weekend City Opera Vancouver will offer a unique open-air preview of two arias from the company’s next new opera, “Pauline”, based on the life and final days of Canadian writer, poet, and actress Pauline Johnson.
Join the company at Lost Lagoon (Chilco at Alberni) and hear mezzo Rose-Ellen Nichols and pianist David Boothroyd present two arias, with music by Tobin Stokes and libretto by Margaret Atwood. Mohawk poet Janet Rogers will give a talk on the significance of Johnson.
This weekend’s four free performances take place Saturday and Sunday (August 24 and 25) at 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. both days.
“Pauline” is set at Vancouver in March 1913. Haunted by failure, torn by her dual identity as both Mohawk and white, Pauline Johnson fights to confront her past before the end, as her doctor tries to control the pain and her sister tries to control the story that will be told.
“Pauline” was conceived by Ms. Atwood, and will be her first opera.
Tobin Stokes is one of Canada’s most distinguished composers. His work is widely published, recorded and performed, and has earned numerous prizes. Pauline will be his fifth opera.
“Pauline”, the second commission made by City Opera Vancouver will premiere in 2014 and will be directed by Norman Armour.