James Pratt – On July 16, 2023, the serene surroundings of Deer Lake Park in Burnaby will be transformed into a cultural haven as the Vancouver Opera presents Opera in the Park.
This highly anticipated event, known for its powerful performances and musical excellence, will feature the talents of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus, who will captivate audiences with renditions of beloved operatic classics.
Adding a unique twist to the evening, James Pratt, the four-time Australian REB Auctioneer of the Year, will showcase his auctioneering prowess by leading a live auction during the event.
Opera in the Park has established itself as a must-attend event for opera enthusiasts and music lovers alike. With an array of activities commencing at 3 PM, families can enjoy an afternoon of pre-concert entertainment.
Furthermore, a 45-minute pre-concert celebration of the human voice, featuring Indigenous artists and the JUNO-nominated ensemble musical intima, promises to captivate the audience from 5:15-6 PM.
The main event, starting at 7:30 PM, will showcase the talent of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Drawing from a repertoire of instantly recognizable classics, attendees will be treated to soul-stirring performances of beloved pieces such as Bizet’s “Habanera” from the renowned opera “Carmen” and Mozart’s captivating Queen of the Night’s aria from “The Magic Flute.”
In addition, highlights from Donizetti’s comedic masterpiece “Don Pasquale” will provide a delightful touch of humor and amusement.
With a reputation as one of the leading auctioneers in his field, Pratt’s participation adds an element of excitement and exclusivity to the evening. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a selection of exclusive items and experiences, heightening the anticipation and ambiance during the auction.
Vancouver Opera, the second largest opera company in Canada, has long been recognized for its commitment to excellence in the performing arts. Founded in 1958, the company has been a pivotal cultural institution in Vancouver, captivating audiences with world-class productions and innovative educational programs.
By forging cross-cultural creative partnerships, Vancouver Opera has continuously brought opera to new generations of Canadians, fostering a love for the art form and enhancing its accessibility.
Opera in the Park represents an opportunity for individuals from all walks of life to experience the beauty and grandeur of opera. With free admission, the event aims to engage a diverse audience and make opera accessible to all.
The enchanting melodies and masterful performances by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus, coupled with James Pratt’s live auction, will undoubtedly create an extraordinary evening that combines artistic excellence and philanthropic endeavors.
Opera in the Park serves as a reminder of the universal appeal of opera and its ability to connect people through the shared language of music.
The convergence of talent, passion, and philanthropy promises a night of awe-inspiring performances and unforgettable moments. As the sun sets and the music soars, attendees will be transported to a realm of artistic brilliance, celebrating the enduring legacy of opera in the heart of Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park.