Première: November, 2017
A story everyone knows,
from the vantage of a woman no one remembers.
Pacific Opera Victoria is collaborating with City Opera Vancouver to create and produce a new chamber opera, Missing. The world première performances are planned in Vancouver and Victoria in November 2017.
Set in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and along the Highway of Tears, Missing gives voice, in English and Gitxsan, to the story of Canada's missing and murdered indigenous women.
The libretto is by distinguished Métis playwright and filmmaker Marie Clements, with music by Juno-award winning composer Brian Current.
The project 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 will 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:
A Commissioning Grant from the Vancouver Foundation is supporting the creation and workshopping of Missing
The Canada Council for the Arts has awarded a grant through the New Chapter Program to support the creation, development, and production of Missing
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.
November 3 to 11
November 17 to 25
Ticket Information available February 16, 2017
A New Opera Partnership: POV and City Opera Vancouver Media Release, June, 2016