A taste of Glyndebourne in Kelowna

Summer Opera Series brings all of your big arias you know and love to an al fresco venue

KELOWNA — Enjoy a truly Okanagan experience of nature and beauty as Opera Kelowna and UBC Centennial kick off the Summer Opera Series in style!

Opera lovers and those who want to get to know opera will enjoy a memorable evening, Opera Under the Stars at UBC Okanagan today at 7 p.m. Opera Kelowna will present a charming program of arias, duets and chorus favourites.

The program for Opera Under the Stars includes favourites such as the The Flower Duet, The Pearl Fishers Duet, O Mio Babbino Caro, and excerpts from The Marriage of Figaro, which will be performed fully staged and orchestrated during the Summer Opera Series Aug. 14 and 15 at the Mary Irwin Theatre. Dr. Kinza Tyrrell, Vancouver Opera’s top vocal coach, will accompany our singers and Scottish conductor Bernard McDonald will bring his point of view.

“The Okanagan is fast becoming the summer destination for music and art lovers,” says Opera Kelowna’s artistic director Alexandra Babbel. “We’re very excited to present this extraordinary concert at the university and invite the community — be they residents of the Okanagan or visitors to our region — to be part of a very special evening!”

Babbel will co-host the evening together with UBC’s deputy vice-chancellor and principal Deborah Buzzard.

Imagine a bit of Mozart cascading across the lawn under the evening sky while you enjoy a glass of wine and delicious food with guests. Bring your picnic wares, blankets, pillows and create your very own romantic evening under the stars. Or merely purchase a VIP ticket and all will be done for you. The concert is free for those wishing to enjoy listening on the lawn. Pre-registration for seating within the licensed area is required online. Attendees can also order preferred seating, plus food and wine options. Win prizes for expressing your chic Okanagan style including special UBC Centennial paraphernalia.

Opera Under the Stars takes place for free today at 7 p.m. at the UBC Okanagan outdoor amphitheatre, 3333 University Way, Kelowna. It’s free to sit in the outdoor licensed area. Tickets to sit inside the licensed area lawn are $5 per person; theatre seating is $5 per person, VIP tables of six are $55 per person. For tickets and more information, see www.operakelowna.com


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