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UBC Opera Ensemble

UBC Opera Ensemble

The University of British Columbia Opera Ensemble was founded by Canadian lyric coloratura Nancy Hermiston in 1995. Beginning with a core of seven performers, Miss Hermiston has built the program to a 90-member company, performing three main productions at UBC every season, seven Opera Tea Concerts, and several engagements with local community partners. The Ensemble’s mission is to educate young, gifted opera singers, preparing them for international careers.

Past main stage productions have included Die Zauberflöte, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Suor Angelica, Dido and Aeneas, The Merry Widow, Manon, Eugene Onegin, Falstaff, Don Giovanni, Cendrillon, Albert Herring, the Western Canadian premiere of Harry Somers’ Louis Riel, Rusalka, Dialogues des Carmélites, Eine nacht in Venedig and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Ensemble's 2016/17 Season includes productions of Menotti’s The Consul (November 3-6), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (February 3-5) and Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos (June 22-25). In celebration of UBC’s Centennial, The Ensemble presented concerts in China, Czech Republic and Germany. In recent years, the UBC Opera Ensemble has been involved in several collaborations with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Bramwell Tovey, as well as the VSO’s guest conductors. Many of its young soloists have been featured guests for cameo appearance in concerts, and the organization appreciates its frequent performances opportunities with the VSO.

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