Photo by Frank Soos

Next Concert: Night at the Opera

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, andCosì 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”.

“I am so excited that the SSO is able to expand their musical abilities by tackling some of the world’s opera favourites”, said Ms. Helena Jung, the SSO’s Music Director.

“We are thrilled to have three renowned guest soloists share their talent, giving the Comox Valley concertgoers the opportunity to experience such a wonderful genre without traveling too far from home”, said Ms. Jung.

“Although a complete opera would include elaborate makeup, set, and costume designs, I hope that attendees will enjoy our concert selections and be inspired to explore this genre and attend a full opera by companies such as Pacific Opera Victoria or the Vancouver Opera”, said Ms. Jung.

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 great achievement for the composer.  At the time, this style of music was often viewed as the pinnacle of a composer’s career and even more so than a symphony”, added Ms. Jung.

Location: The concerts will be held at the Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay.

Dates: December 10th at 7.00 pm and December 11th at 2.00 pm. 

$25 for adults, $15 for children ages 12 and under.

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Make sure to bring a printout of your ticket (or the app showing your ticket). Arrive at least a half-hour before showtime to allow us time to process all this information.

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