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City Opera Vancouver - Sumidagawa & Curlew River

 Two Great Traditions. One Great Story.


May 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 – May 30 at 2:30

Frederic Wood Theatre at UBC – $40.00 general – $26.00 student

Vancouver audiences will be treated to a unique double bill as City Opera Vancouver presents the immortal story Sumidagawa, from the 15th Century, together with its 20th Century twin, Curlew River, a Canadian first.

We are building great bridges, crossing five centuries and two cultures in one narrative. We tell the story of a woman driven mad by the loss of her child. It is agonizing, and beautiful. Japanese theatre. Western opera.

Sumidagawa will be told by the legendary butoh artist Denise Fujiwara, coming from Toronto, in a choreography made for her by Natsu Nakajima.

Then, the same story will be told again from a Western perspective. In this telling, Britten’s chamber opera Curlew River will be given. It offers the same plot and characters, and the same dramatic arc – but from a Western vantage.

Consider Rashomon. Just when we think we understand, we are called upon to think again.

Our production is endorsed by explorASIAN, the Japanese Language School and Hall, the National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre, the Powell Street Festival, Sikora’s Classical Records, and the UBC Department of Asian Studies, and is supported by Accent Inns Vancouver Hotel, Tom Lee Music, the Michael O’Brian Foundation for the Arts, Yoshiko Karasawa, and the McLean Foundation of Toronto.

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Out of town? Special rates at the Accent Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel available 

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 Starring as Madwoman in Curlew River is the remarkable young Canadian tenor, Isaiah Bell (Audio link)

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