Maria Chapdelaine - Opera
Music by Jim Leonard
Story by Louse Hémon
Sung in English
‘Maria Chapdelaine’, an opera created by Vernon’s own Jim Leonard, is a coming of age story set in 1920s rural Quebec. The opera is fully staged with Cvetozar Vutev music director; Lana O’Brien - director, set design; Susan Schaffer-concertmaster; Rylee Block-light design; Keren Huyter and Anna Solyanyk - costumes; Sets - Stagecraft class, Seaton Secondary; Sally Bassett - chorus administrator; Natalia Polchenko - producer.
The production celebrates Canadian history and Canadian music.
Synopsis: The Chapdelaine family lives a rugged life on the 1920s Quebec frontier, deeply faithful to both God and the land. Not one but three young suitors vie for the attention of daughter Maria: a logger, a shop keeper and a city man. True to tradition, she falls for the wild boy. However, tragedy enters her life and Maria is deeply shaken. Ultimately, she has to re-evaluate her life, her beliefs and her future.
Hear exciting young and upcoming singers in leading roles – from Lethbridge, Penticton, Vancouver, and some of your local favourites (click on the names for the bios):
Maria - Christine Robinson, soprano;
Francois - Morgan Fraser, tenor;
Papa - Alex Wedensky, bass-baritone;
Maman - Dana Hudson, mezzo-soprano;
Priest - Vince Walzak, bass;
Eutrope - Antony Knight, baritone;
Lorenzo - Jax Dolman, tenor, and
Wonderful community chorus.
Tickets: $40 regular; $35 senior; 5$ for the first 37 students, and $15 after.
This concert is a part of the 4th Annual Vernon Proms Classical Music Festival.
Multi-concert discounts can be purchased by calling the Ticketseller at 250-549-7469 (SHOW)