Opera Mariposa is a dynamic new company dedicated to bringing audiences beautiful music and compelling drama while showcasing some of Vancouver’s most talented emerging performers. Run by young artists, for young artists, we provide a supportive platform for singers to gain valuable role experience and challenge their artistic boundaries while working with other dedicated performers in a collaborative environment.
Opera Mariposa was conceived by Artistic Director Jacqueline Ko as a way of bringing audiences unique concert experiences and seldom-staged operas and musicals while creating performance opportunities for the talented singers she has encountered on the Vancouver music scene. Since its inception, the vision for the company has grown to include creating spectacular concert events for charity (such as Dreamscape, 2009 and The Singer, coming May 2013), writing and producing musical revue shows from the ground up (I Always Get My Man!, 2008), and even livestreaming full performances online for those unable to attend them in person (Witches, Waifs & Wives: the Great Women of Opera and Mozart’s The Impresario, 2012).
With Opera Mariposa’s next show (The Singer, May 12th) we will highlight our commitment to the community by partnering with the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation to raise funds for the new Complex Disease Program; meanwhile, our second fully staged opera production (Pergolesi’s La serva padrona, coming June 2013) will allow both audiences and singers to enjoy one of the hidden treasures of the operatic genre. All the while we remain dedicated to bringing audiences rich, high-quality productions, now and for seasons to come.
Opera Mariposa is committed to offering performers a unique range of artistic opportunities, from the chance to perform in rarely staged operas to the freedom to explore a wide variety of musical styles in concert and recital settings. We strive to serve the careers of new talents and emerging professionals while pursuing the highest standards of operatic excellence with each performance. By presenting a diverse and exciting program, from forgotten gems to beloved classics, we seek to showcase the breadth of the repertoire and inspire audiences with the expressive power of opera.
What’s In A Name?
Opera Mariposa takes its name from the Spanish word for “butterfly”. Butterflies are a symbol of beauty and inspiration, and Opera Mariposa’s goal is to capture the imagination through the beauty of music. The butterfly’s metamorphosis has come to represent transformation, so we feel it’s the perfect symbol for our commitment to helping young artists spread their wings.
Artistic Director – Jacqueline Ko
Managing Director – Robin Eder-Warren
Publicity & Communications – Stephanie Ko