Event Details


Time: November 11, 2017 at 7pm to June 30, 2018 at 10pm
Location: Victoria at the Baumann Centre, Vancouver's York Theatre
Street: 925 Balmoral Road, Victoria and 639 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
City/Town: Vancouver and Victoria, BC
Website or Map: http://www.pov.bc.ca/missing.…
Event Type: opera
Organized By: Co-commissioned and co-produced with City Opera Vancouver
Latest Activity: Nov 11, 2017

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Event Description


Music by Brian Current
Libretto by Marie Clements

November 17, 21, 23, 25, 2017, at 7 pm
Sunday, November 19, at 4 pm

The Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road

Sung in English and Gitxsan, with English surtitles

Co-commissioned and co-produced with City Opera Vancouver

A story everyone knows,
   from the vantage of a woman no one remembers.

A new chamber opera by Métis playwright Marie Clements and Juno-winning composer Brian Current, Missing gives voice, in English and Gitxsan, to the story of Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women. Set in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and along the Highway of Tears, Missing is a poetic expression of loss and hope, its creation led by aboriginal theatre and opera artists.

Pacific Opera Victoria is collaborating with City Opera Vancouver to create and produce this new opera. The world première performances are planned in Vancouver and Victoria in November 2017.
Cast and Creative Team
    Librettist: Marie Clements
    Composer: Brian Current
    Conductor: Timothy Long
    Director: Peter Hinton
    Dramaturg: Paula Danckert
    Dr. Wilson: Marion Newman

Librettist Marie Clements

The creation and première of Missing is led by aboriginal theatre and opera artists. The creative process integrates extensive consultation with First Nations and residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside community via workshops that invite friends and family of missing women, advocates, artists, and academic consultants to share their responses to the work in progress.

In concert with the opera's first performances, a suite of engagement activities – forums, panels, exhibits, and performances – will further explore the opera's social, historic, and cultural context and the intersection of classical and aboriginal music traditions.

Missing will première on November 1, 2017, at a free, invitation-only, private event for the families. Its public run will be at Vancouver's York Theatre November 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11, immediately followed by performances at the Baumann Centre for Pacific Opera Victoria on November 17, 19, 21, 23, and 25.

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Comment by ROSE on November 11, 2017 at 4:02pm


A BC tour is being planned in 2018 along The Highway of Tears, from Prince Rupert to Prince George. A subsequent national tour is being examined.

As heard on CBC's North by Northwest with Eileen Power, CBC Radio / October 29 2017 - North by Northwest, Oct. 27, 2017 edition

“City Opera Vancouver has a reputation, and a well-deserved one, for innovative programming…”

Listen to the entire 18:00 preview, recorded live in rehearsal, and interview.

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