Throughout May, June and July, our Opera Kelowna team worked with our colleagues at UBC Okanagan to reframe our popular annual event, Opera Under the Stars. Typically, this community performance featuring some of Canada’s most renowned opera singers will draw an audience of 1,500 people. This year, we had planned an event that could include an extremely small number of people on site and an unlimited number of live streamed “watch parties”.
Just as we were about to announce the details publicly, (after a teaser in our July newsletter), the outbreak of Covid-19 hit Kelowna hard. After consultation and deliberation with our planning team from both organizations, we made the very difficult decision to withdraw OPUS from our offerings for this season. This was especially heartbreaking given that it has grown to be a favourite cultural happening each summer here in the Okanagan and would have been the one remaining live music offering that we could share with you from our original plans.
We remain resilient, even in the face of these many cancellations, and with your continued support we are busy planning for the future of this very special live experience. We look forward to welcoming you to experience Opera Under the Stars on the beautiful UBC Okanagan campus next year.