The Book of my Shames

Presented in Partnership with the Living Things Festival

Postponed due to COVID-19 Restrictions

Ticket sales postponed due to Public Health announcements January 8th.

About the Show

Opera Kelowna is proud to introduce its new Studio Production series with a groundbreaking Canadian work.

The original solo show The Book of My Shames is thoughtful, raw and honest, with achingly funny turns. It is powered by the glowing vocals of Canadian opera star Isaiah Bell, following him through the challenges of growing up in a restrictive fundamentalist commune, making bad choices in men, and pursuing a life on the stage. Combining rapid-fire monologues and personal stories with an unorthodox array of music old and new, this “comic, wrenching, and personal tour-de-force” reminds us that desire, rejection, and acceptance are themes common to us all… Isaiah just does it with a bit of glitz, some operatic pathos, and a campy wink.

The Book of My Shames premiered at Tapestry Opera in 2019 and has been developed with the support of Pacific Opera Victoria and Intrepid Theatre.



Isaiah Bell

Creator, Composer & Principal performer

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Sean Guist

Creator & Director

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Rosemary Thomson

Music Director & Piano

Kolby Zinger-Harris


Nicole Malcolm

Lighting Design


Featuring a chamber orchestral ensemble

Photo: Dahlia Katz

COVID Safety Protocols

  • All tickets will be sold in pairs and seating will be at tables for 2, spaced 10′ apart
  • Performers will be minimum 15′ distance from patrons
  • There will be no intermission and no re-entry (performance time is estimated at 75 minutes)
  • All patrons will wear masks unless seated
  • Additional measures will be introduced as needed, based on public health guidelines.
  • All COVID safety instructions will be available with tickets

Please contact us for more information.

This Production is made possible by a Project Grant from the BC Arts Council

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

Opera Kelowna is a non-profit society made possible by these generous sponsors. Please view our support page if you would like to learn more about how you can help support the Arts in our community.