The Vancouver Opera has announced its 2012-2013 season and once again there is no shortage of surprises in the choices the company and its general director, James W. Wright, have come up with.
No surprise is a Bohème, a staple of opera houses worldwide, but much more intriguing is the inclusion of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance in the lineup. This will not be the the first time an opera house is presenting something outside of the standard repertoire (indeed, VO has already done that this year with its West Side Story) nor the first time a G&S piece is presented (Edmonton Opera's next production is Mikado) - but it does underline the eclecticism of VO's year which also includes Tan Dun's Tea: A Mirror of Soul and Mozart's Magic Flute (a remount from 2007). (GLC)
Read the VO's press release (pdf) here.