Opera Kelowna is a registered, non-profit, charitable status society and member of the Canadian Association of Professional Opera Companies. Opera Kelowna is dedicated to equipping, educating, enlightening, enriching and entertaining diverse audiences through professional operatic performing arts and programming. Founding Artistic Director, Alexandra Babbel, is committed to building an opera company that continues to transform the musical and cultural landscape of our region.
The performing season is focused on one fully staged and orchestrated professional opera each season with plans to add a second main-stage production in future seasons. Additional operatic expressions including concerts and outdoor presentations round out the season.
The society offers high-level education and outreach. Opera Kelowna’s Summer Intensive Training Program transitions vocal artists and collaborative pianists from their academic to professional careers. Internships in directing, conducting, costume design and accompanying are offered each season.
Donations allow us to continue developing talented local artists and to bring world-class opera to the local stage, as well as to continue offering programs that enrich the lives of our community, making the art of opera more accessible to all.
Opera Kelowna’s upcoming summer production features a heart-wrenching story of fiery passions and desperate acts.
The opera company presents its 2018 summer production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, running Aug. 16 to 19, at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
The production’s illustrious cast and creative team were announced at a special event at Kelowna’s new Porsche dealership, Porsche Centre Kelowna, Feb. 14 and features the anticipated return of conductor Bernard McDonald and the Opera Kelowna debut of award-winning theatre and opera director Amiel Gladstone.
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Leon De La Guardia talks about Puccini’s La bohème and his role as Rodolfo in Opera Kelowna’s upcoming performances of the show this August.
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We are delighted that Bernard will be once again joining us in Kelowna, he conducted Magic Flute for us in 2016 and La Boheme in 2017. For a full bio, check out our website: https://t.co/94j0MIIwYP#operakelowna #kelownanow #okanagan #carmen #okcarmen #explorekelowna pic.twitter.com/yYaoqybCAG— Opera Kelowna (@operakelowna) May 23, 2018
This year’s theme is Carmen. Our performing season is focused on one full mainstage opera each year with several operatic productions to round out the year. In addition, our Young Artist Vocal Education and outreach programs – In-Class Opera Productions and School Tours – takes opera to schools, engaging youth in our community in the cultural experience that is opera.