Music by Brian Current
Libretto by Marie Clements
November 17, 21, 23, 25, 2017, at 7 pm
Sunday, November 19, at 4 pm
The Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road
Sung in English and Gitxsan, with English surtitles
Co-commissioned and co-produced with City Opera Vancouver
A story everyone knows,
from the vantage of a woman no one remembers.
A new chamber opera by Métis playwright Marie Clements and Juno-winning composer Brian Current, Missing gives voice, in English and Gitxsan, to the story of Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women. Set in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and along the Highway of Tears, Missing is a poetic expression of loss and hope, its creation led by aboriginal theatre and opera artists.
Pacific Opera Victoria is collaborating with City Opera Vancouver to create and produce this new opera. The world première performances are planned in Vancouver and Victoria in November 2017.
The creation and première of Missing is led by aboriginal theatre and opera artists. The creative process integrates extensive consultation with First Nations and residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside community via workshops that invite friends and family of missing women, advocates, artists, and academic consultants to share their responses to the work in progress.
In concert with the opera's first performances, a suite of engagement activities – forums, panels, exhibits, and performances – will further explore the opera's social, historic, and cultural context and the intersection of classical and aboriginal music traditions.
Missing will première on November 1, 2017, at a free, invitation-only, private event for the families. Its public run will be at Vancouver's York Theatre November 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11, immediately followed by performances at the Baumann Centre for Pacific Opera Victoria on November 17, 19, 21, 23, and 25.
Pacific Opera Victoria and City Opera Vancouver are deeply grateful for the support of the following:
This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts' New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.
Ce projet est l'un des 200 projets exceptionnels soutenus par le programme Nouveau chapitre du Conseil des arts du Canada. Avec cet investissement 35 M$, le Conseil des arts appuie la création et le partage des arts au coeur de nos vies et dans l'ensemble du Canada.
The Vancouver Foundation is supporting the creation and workshopping of Missing with a Commissioning Grant.
The Community Fund for Canada's 150th, a collaboration between the Victoria Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast, is supporting Dialogues, POV's community engagement program for Missing.