Overflowing crowd gathers for Opera Under the Stars – Kelowna News
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An overflowing crowd packed into the central courtyard of the UBC Okanagan on Wednesday night for Opera Under the Stars.
It was the first major gathering for the free event since the pandemic. Last year it was a reduced production.
“I think we have a capacity of 1,200 people here and even though they are free tickets you have to register. When we announced tickets were available, I think they sold out within 48 hours,” said a delighted Rosemary Thomson, Artistic Director of Opera Kelowna.
“We haven’t been able to perform on the main stage since 2019, so we’re thrilled to return to the theater with the orchestra and our audience to share with them a full production of an opera,” adds Thomson.
Among the tracks that the public could hear, there was a taste of the next production of Beatrice and Benoitwhich opens August 18 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
French composer Hector Berlioz’s opera is inspired by Shakespeare.
“It’s the story of Much Ado About Nothing but more happy times, I guess that’s fair to say,” says director Brian Deedrick.
“I guess what really thrills me about all of this is that I’ve just finished a production in the 1950s where everyone is dying, everyone is unhappy, nothing is going right. And all of a sudden , I’m in the middle of a show where everyone’s happy and lovely, and there’s more balloons than you’ve had hot dinners on this stage.
pay what you want tickets are available for Béatrice and Benoît.