Opera Kelowna welcomes back Colin Ainsworth!

Renowned Canadian tenor, Colin Ainsworth has “thrilled audiences with remarkable power and expressivity” all over the world. Opera Kelowna is excited to welcome back to the Okanagan Mr. Ainsworth, with collaborative pianist Laura Lowen, for “Transformations” – a solo vocal recital of poignant and lighthearted music. Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Hymns for Tenor and Jeffrey Ryan’s Length of a Day take listeners on a soul searching journey while Louis Andriessen’s “Beatles Songs” and Peter Tiefenbach’s humorous “Songs from my Cupboard” will lift our spirits with quirky humour.

Please join us for a stunning evening of live singing with one of Canada’s musical treasures.


We are pleased to offer this program in the North, Central, and South Okanagan.

Colin Ainsworth has been praised for his “exquisite control and emotional directness” and has long distinguished himself internationally as a specialist not only with his interpretations of the major Classical and Baroque tenor roles but also by his performances in contemporary opera. He has performed multiple roles with opera companies across Canada and internationally, including appearances with the Royal Opera (London),, Chicago Opera Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera, L’Opéra de Français, and the Greek National Opera. This past season, he made three debuts; one with Opera Columbus in Lully’s Armide; Seattle Opera as the Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer; and with Teatro Nacional São Carlos as Pylades in Iphigénie en Tauride.

Also a prolific concert singer, Mr. Ainsworth’s vast concert and recital repertoire includes Bach’s Mass in B Minor and St. John’s Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Dichterliebe and Janácek’s Diary of One Who Vanished. He has appeared with the symphony orchestras in Calgary, Cincinnati, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and with leading baroque ensembles including Ensemble Pygmalion, , Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco, Music of the Baroque in Chicago, Mercury Baroque in Houston, Les Violons du Roy in Montreal, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Grand Philharmonic Choir. He has also appeared at the Lanaudiere, Montreal Baroque, Elora and the Aldeburgh Connection festivals, and has toured throughout Germany. Mr. Ainsworth’s new disc, A Play of Passion, featuring the music of Derek Holman with Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata has just been released, adding to his impressive discography.

For more details please visit http://www.colinainsworth.ca

Laura Loewen

Laura Loewen

Praised for expressivity, virtuosity, and committed playing, Canadian collaborative pianist Laura Loewen has appeared in concerts throughout North America and in Europe, Asia and South America. Dedicated to sharing her passion for ensemble playing and coaching, she is a professor of Collaborative Piano and the Vocal Coach at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music. She is a founding faculty artist of VISI (Vancouver International Song Institute), and is also on the faculties of the NUOVA opera training program in Edmonton, Alberta, the Contemporary Opera Lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and RICE (Rio International Cello Encounter) in Brazil.

For more information, visit http://lauraloewenmusic.com/



Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Trinity United Church

7:30 pm


Friday, October 1st, 2021

St. Michael’s Cathedral

7:30 pm


October 3rd, 2021

Sold out!

COVID Safety


Opera Kelowna abides by all PHO guidelines. For this performance that will mean:

  • Distancing between artists and audience
  • Reduced capacity (50 tickets available for Vernon performance, 100 tickets available for Kelowna performance)
  • Distancing between groups of audience members
  • Masks required while indoors
  • Proof of double vaccination will be required for entry as per provincial guidelines for large events


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