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2016 News and Information

Minoru Chapel Opera is back

March 9, 2016

Calling all opera lovers: the Minoru Chapel Opera series is returning this spring with three professional companies performing classical favourites.

The series opens on Wednesday, April 6 with Aïda, a story of jealousy, treachery, death, love and transformation presented by Opera di Concertisti, a dynamic opera company dedicated to developing new interpretations of old works.

On Wednesday, May 4, City Opera Vancouver, one of the region’s most acclaimed companies, will be presenting Great Arias and Duets for Soprano and Baritone. This concert will delight audiences with performances ranging from comedy to drama, revelation to fantasy, and from times past to today. 

On Wednesday, June 1, the series will conclude with Opera Opulenza presenting the story of Cavalleria Rusticana, a journey through Old World beauty, brutality, love, betrayal and death. Composer Pietro Mascagni composed this opera over an eight-day period in 1889, ushering in the era of verismo.

All events will be held at Minoru Chapel located at 6540 Gilbert Road (beside the Gateway Theatre) at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited and tickets can be purchased at the door or, as recommended, in advance by calling 604-276-4300. Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors.

Richmond’s historic Minoru Chapel was built in 1891 by a Methodist congregation and was once an important place of worship for pioneering residents. Strong community support led to its move in 1967 to the current location in Minoru Park from its original location at what is now the corner of Cambie Road and River Road. The Minoru Chapel is one of Richmond’s treasured heritage buildings and makes a beautiful setting to enjoy opera music.

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