There are sharp, shiny things coming to the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre April 25 through May 3, when the Vancouver Opera debuts its first-ever production of Stephen Sondheim’s complex musical drama Sweeney Todd.
Constructing harpsichords has been Craig Tomlinson’s passion for the past 35 years, but the instrument long precedes him. The harpsichord’s plucked strings and exterior embellishments typify the sound and opulence of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
From the Powell Street markets to the shacks of Slocan City, Naomi’s Road tells the story of nine-year-old Naomi, her Japanese-Canadian family, and their journey from their home in Vancouver to an internment camp during the Second World War.
Vancouver Opera’s infamous Carmen performance at Expo 86 was a controversial reinterpretation of Bizet’s classic. Lively and funny, it seemed designed to wake people up and shake them out of their expectations of seeing yet another standard Carmen, almost a cultural cliché.