Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for our Bohemian Christmas celebration. It was an exciting start to a big season for Opera Kelowna. You were all extremely gracious hosts to our gorgeous guest singers from Vancouver, tenor Sunny Shams and soprano Shadan Saul, who delivered unforgettable performances. We were thrilled to see a full house both nights and so many members of our audience interested in becoming involved with our chorus and with the opera more generally.
This main stage performance was the biggest production of the season and boasted a professional lead cast and orchestra as well as a 30 voice chorus of young aspiring opera students and members of the community. The Canadian School of Ballet animated the stage lending an exquisite touch to an enchanting fairy-tale, full of excitement and drama.
Opera Kelowna hosted their annual fundraiser on May 13, 2016 at the Laurel Packinghouse. Guests were charmed at this ‘Enchanted Evening’ as Opera Kelowna’s extraordinary artists surprised and delighted them with entertainment and dancing while they enjoying a plated dinner with wine. An exciting live and silent auction was also a highlight of the event, with net proceeds going towards funding the 2016 summer intensive training program and full mainstage opera performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute.
Opera Kelowna commissioned one of Canada’s most renowned composers, Imant Raminsh, along with Kelowna-based artist Jane Everett, to create an art installation that came to life with an opera to the libretto of Lesley-Anne Evans. This exciting new opera was performed at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna on February 20, 22, and 23, 2016.
On October 11, 2014, Opera Kelowna held their Opening Season Gala Concert, Masters of Eastern Europe. This black-tie and full-gown affair included a pre-concert cocktail reception and dinner, intermission caviar and drinks, and an after concert party. The evening celebrated some of Eastern Europe’s best composers including Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Rubenstein and Chopin through song, ballet, piano and strings performed by several talented guest artists. The event also featured artistic rendered sets, themed food and caterers, signature drinks and a 90-minute concert.
On Saturday August 2, 2014, Opera Kelowna hosted an intimate garden party located at the beautiful Sanctuary Gardens overlooking Okanagan Lake. Guests spent the afternoon enjoying brunch and wine followed by a short recital featuring singers from the Opera Kelowna resident and young artist programs. The afternoon even included a friendly game of croquet for those who really wanted to get into the spirit of a Hampton style affair.
Rococo Sun + Snow took place on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Lake Country, BC. This fashion fundraiser was held to benefit Opera Kelowna’s Summer Opera Program while promoting local couture designers, boutiques, artists and costumers. The show featured stylists who used apparel from existing and emerging designers and fashions from various local boutiques to create each unique runway look celebrating sun and snow elements with a splash of Rococo! The evening showcased some of Opera Kelowna’s resident artists in a unique blend of song and sound combining unlikely instruments and unusual rhythms.
On Valentines’ Day 2014, Opera Kelowna held their fundraising event, Belle Nuit D’Amour (‘Beautiful Night of Love’) at the beautiful Bottega Farm Inn and Studio in partnership with the Karis Support Society. Guests entered into an era of Neo-Mozartian Designs, Cirque De Soleil talent and world-class opera singing as they delighted in custom cocktails, designer sweets, hors d’oeuvres and mingling at the after party. This ‘beautiful night of love’ showcased some of Opera Kelowna’s resident artists along with selected singers from the Opera Kelowna Young Artists Program including Candesca.
A Classical Christmas was Opera Kelowna’s well-anticipated 2013 Christmas Concert. This beautiful performance featured an exciting collection of classical and seasonal favourites, celebrating the Okanagan’s talented local youth performing Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” sung by The Okanagan Youth Choir and ensembles along with members of our community. A Classical Christmas was performed on Saturday, December 13, at the Rotary Centre for the Arts Mary Irwin Theatre.