Tickets for the highly anticipated World Premiere of Pauline, Margaret Atwood’s first opera, on sale today!
City Opera Vancouver presents the world premiere of Pauline, a chamber opera about Canadian writer-actress Pauline Johnson, with libretto by acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood and music by Tobin Stokes.
The first performance at the York Theatre on May 23, 2014 will be celebrated with a gala attended by Ms. Atwood and Mr. Stokes. Four additional presentations of the opera will be offered over the following eight days.
Pauline is Margaret Atwood’s first opera, and will be directed by Norman Armour. It stars dramatic mezzo Rose-Ellen Nichols as Pauline Johnson.
Pauline Johnson (1861-1913) traveled through North America and Great Britain giving readings of her own work during a time when such independence for women was rare and remarkable. The child of a Mohawk chief and a Quaker Englishwoman, Pauline was driven toward paradoxical goals of loyalty to both of her cultures and to her own ambition.
Pauline is set at Vancouver in March 1913. Pauline is dying of breast cancer, and views her life through the fog of morphine. Torn by dual identity as both Mohawk and white, she confronts her past as her doctor tries to control her pain and her sister tries to control the story that will be told.
Dates: May 23 – May 31
Venue: The York Theatre
Tickets Available Online or at Cultch box office