Missing by Marie Clements and Brian Current, November 2017


Music by Brian Current
Libretto by Marie Clements

New performance added
Sunday, November 26, at 4 pm

Tickets: 250-385-0222

Sold out performances
November 17, 21, 22, 23, 25 at 7 pm
November 19 at 4 pm

The Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road

Sung in English and Gitxsan, with English surtitles

World Première Production
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.

World Première Performances
York Theatre, Vancouver, November 3 to 11
Baumann Centre, Victoria, November 17 to 25


Cast and Creative Team

  • Librettist: Marie Clements
  • Composer: Brian Current
  • Conductor: Timothy Long
  • Director: Peter Hinton
  • Designer: Andy Moro
  • Costume Designer: Carmen Thompson
  • Lighting Designer: John Webber
  • Dramaturg: Paula Danckert

  • Native Girl: Melody Courage
  • Ava: Caitlin Wood
  • Dr. Wilson: Marion Newman
  • Native Mother: Rose-Ellen Nichols
  • Jess: Heather Molloy
  • Devon: Kaden Forsberg
  • Angus Wilds: Clarence Logan


Librettist Marie ClementsThe 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.

Composer Brian Current


Pacific Opera Victoria and City Opera Vancouver are deeply grateful for the support of the following:

  • The Canada Council for the Arts is supporting the creation, development, and co-production of Missing through the New Chapter Program.

    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.

  • Creative BC is supporting POV's Festival of Canadian Opera, featuring the première stagings of Rattenbury and Missing through a grant from the BC Music Fund.

    Creative BC is an independent society created and supported by the Province of BC to sustain and help grow BC's creative sector (motion picture; digital and interactive media; music and sound recording; and magazine and book publishing industries). The society delivers a wide range of programs and services to expand BC's creative economy. The society acts as an industry catalyst and ambassador to help BC's creative sector reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.

  • 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.




2017/18 Season Subscriptions


Canada Council for the Arts: New Chapter - 2017 and beyond


Vancouver Foundation


Creative BC, Supported by the Province of British Columbia


Victoria Foundation

Government of Canada

Community Fund for Canada's 150th

Community Foundations of Canada


Production Underwriters

Koerner Foundation