Sondra Radvanovsky: A Tribute Concert to Maria Callas

We are thrilled to announce a truly special event, one night only: Sondra Radvanovsky, the premiere soprano of our time, will present a tribute concert to the legendary diva, Maria Callas on Thursday, January 18th, 2024. The concert will take place in Vancouver at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts. This exclusive Callas centenary tribute performance will be Ms. Radvanovsky’s only North American date. 
 
Ms. Radvanovsky, whose vocal brilliance and dramatic presence have often been compared to Callas, is considered one of the premiere Verdi sopranos of our time and a leading interpreter of  bel canto and verismo. This will be an unprecedented opportunity to hear her in the repertoire most associated with the late diva, Maria Callas.
Ms. Radvanovsky’s one night only Callas tribute concert is already sold out at the Paris Opera, but she has most graciously agreed to perform a second concert with Opera West in Vancouver.
 
Ms. Radvanovsky will be accompanied by the Festival Orchestra of Vancouver under the direction of maestro, Tania Miller. Vancouver audiences will not want to miss the chance to hear this incomparable artist, in what will surely be one of the musical highlights of 2024. 
 
The legacy and magnificence of opera divas lives on and we invite you to be a part of it.

An Evening of Enchantment!

Last night’s Maria Callas Tribute was pure magic! Sondra Radvanovsky’s breathtaking performance earned two standing ovations, and Maestro Tania Miller’s conductor skills added an extra layer of enchantment. Big applause to the dedicated Festival Orchestra of Vancouver, Nancy Hermiston, and the UBC Opera Ensemble for their stellar contribution.

Special thanks to the Chan Centre staff for enabling this special concert to proceed in challenging weather conditions.

Heartfelt thanks to all attendees who braved the weather to catch the magic on stage! Your unwavering support transforms our concerts into unforgettable celebrations of opera.

Here’s to the power of music, community, and shared passion!

 

Previous Concert

Tosca

This performance marked the debut of the collaboration between Opera West and the UBC Ensemble.

It was a magnificent debut and audience showed their appreciation with an enthusiastic 10-minute standing ovation.

Thank you to our dedicated singers, our conductor, and our orchestra for an outstanding performance and to you, our audience, for your support.

Photos credit: Emily Cooper

Opera West Society and the UBC Opera Ensemble were thrilled to present a semi-staged concert version of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca on November 26, 2022, to a sold-out audience at the UBC Old Aud Concert Hall. Rhoslyn Jones stepped in for Sondra Radvanovsky to perform the role of Tosca as Ms. Radvanovsky, unfortunately, was ill and unable to sing.

Rhoslyn Jones, originally from Vancouver, flew up from San Francisco Thursday afternoon just in time for the Dress Rehearsal and saved the day. Rhoslyn Jones is described as “a superb singer and artistic presence and has established herself on the operatic and concert stages of the world” Hailed as “The delicious Diva, Ms. Jones captivated the audience with her unforgettably powerful voice in her role debut as the Countess in Vancouver Opera ‘s production of Le nozze di Figaro”.

Korean tenor, Yonghoon Lee, who has established himself as one of the leading dramatic tenors of his generation, sang Cavaradossi, while Gregory Dahl, one of Canada’s most in-demand performers, took on the role of the villainous Baron Scarpia. Canadian conductor, Jacques Lacombe, recently heralded in The New York Times as “gifted and ambitious”, led this distinguished cast, members of the Vancouver Festival Orchestra and UBC Opera Ensemble.

This performance marked the debut of the collaboration between Opera West and the UBC Ensemble.

Opera West Society

The recently-formed Opera West is a new, non-profit, operatic venture for western Canada. It seeks to bring together acclaimed international opera stars and emergent and developing Canadian operatic talent in open collaboration and performance. Opera West Society will present Vancouver performances as well as touring productions within Western Canada.

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