The 2014 Vocal Arts Festival

Canada's Largest Opera Festival - Celebrating Emerging Artists


re you ready for six weeks of tragic drama, satire and fairy tale? The 2014 Vocal Arts Festival will have it all, plus more!

This season we offer you the opportunity to indulge in three iconic characters as they journey through the challenges life presents and make decisions that prove to be comic, tragic and classic:

Thumbnail image of CandideJoin Voltaire’s eternal optimist, Candide, as he journeys with his companions to discover “the best of all possible worlds”, set to the music of Bernstein’s spectacular score.

Thumbnail image of CarmenWitness the tragic tale of a Spanish soldier consumed by passion for a seductive and fiery gypsy in Bizet’s Carmen.

Thumbnail image of CendrillonTravel to the ball with Lucette to find out if a glass slipper and a steadfast heart will help this Cinderella find happiness in Massenet’s Cendrillon.


Join us for insightful pre-show presentations by Stephen Bonfield before every Mainstage performance. These 20 minute talks will explore the history of our three Mainstage shows and give insight into Opera NUOVA’s productions of them. Pre-show talks are free of charge and take place in the lobby of the Eva O. Howard theatre beginning at 12:50 pm for 1:30 pm performances, and 6:50 pm for 7:30 pm performances.

Our brand new, exciting family opera series is an excellent chance to introduce children to the operatic art form. This double bill of one-acts has been created specifically for young audiences (ages 5-14) and will impress even the most critical opera lover.

Thumbnail image of the Brothers GrimmDean Burry’s The Brothers Grimm is a wonderful 45 minute opera that tells the tale of how the two famous brothers happened upon writing fairy tales rather than dictionaries. This opera has been performed for over 90,000 school children and adults across Canada and is believed to be the most performed Canadian opera in history.

Thumbnail image of The Lives of Lesser ThingsIsaiah Bell’s The Lives of Lesser Things is a delightful 35 minute opera about a caterpillar who must go through the chrysalis stage to become a beautiful butterfly, but discovers a changed world when she emerges due to impacts on the environment.

We look forward to our Mainstage operas being presented in their new theatrical home, the Eva O. Howard Theatre at the Victoria School of the Arts, which affords us room to grow and extend our reach into the community.

With our special $5 Mainstage Tickets for High School and University students, we hope to entice this new generation to come and experience opera and have the chance to win a $250 door prize (at each performance) to support their dreams!

As always there will be a buffet of delightful concerts, showcasing the exceptional talents of the elite emerging artists from across Canada. Come celebrate!

Kim Mattice Wanat

Artistic & Managing Director, Opera NUOVA