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Bravo!

The History of Opera in British Columbia

by Rosemary Cunningham

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list price: $34.95
edition:Hardcover
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published: Oct 2009
ISBN:9781550174861
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Those who think arts and culture in British Columbia is a recent development might be surprised to learn that opera has been flourishing in the province for well over a hundred years. The first full performance in Victoria took place in 1877 and in Vancouver in 1891. This first-ever history of opera in BC celebrates important milestones for BC's two major companies: Vancouver Opera's 50th anniversary, with the 30th anniversary of Pacific Opera Victoria following in 2010. It also marks the recent upsurge in the popularity of the venerable art form, with new opera groups and simul-cast venues proliferating across the province.

Illustrated with more than 100 exquisite photographs and rare archival images, Bravo! traces the history of opera in the province from its colourful origins in touring companies, to the determined efforts of BC's opera pioneers who laid the foundations for two of Canada's most renowned opera companies, culminating with in-depth reporting on recent developments at Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria.

Special features include behind-the-scenes accounts of contemporary productions, full listings of Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria and Modern Baroque Opera productions and detailed information on BC opera singers, composers and opera training in the province.

About the Author
Rosemary Cunningham has held season's tickets to Vancouver Opera for many years and is a loyal fan of Pacific Opera Victoria. Following retirement from her career as a librarian, she began a second career as a writer. Bravo! is her first published book. She lives in Vancouver BC Canada.
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Bravo! The History of Opera in British Columbia

This detailed and sumptuous history outlines the origins of opera in BC and the formation of an arts community. By including anecdotes of early and later notable opera productions, the historical narrative provides insight into all the career opportunities that a vibrant arts community entails. Parts of the book read like a laundry list of productions but interesting details are included, about how charitable arts organizations operate and how egos always become part of the decision-making process. Interesting archival photographs of early opera houses, sets and costumed performers provide a window into the recent past in Vancouver and Victoria.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2010-2011.

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