Opera Mariposa is a dynamic new company dedicated to bringing audiences fresh faces, beautiful music and compelling drama. Run by young artists, for young artists, we are committed to creating a stage for emerging talent, showcasing Vancouver’s most promising performers in a diverse program of gala concerts, original shows and fully staged opera productions.
Now in our second full season, our performances have been hailed as “a stroke of genius” (The Voice), “an extraordinary feat” (North Shore News), “an evening of delight” and “a masterpiece” (Review Vancouver). Our innovative programming presents classic works alongside rarely-staged gems, allowing us to offer singers a unique range of artistic opportunities while creating shows that engage opera aficionados and new audiences alike.
Opera Mariposa was conceived by Artistic Director Jacqueline Ko as a way of bringing audiences unique concert experiences and seldom-staged musical works while creating a new platform for the exceptional talent 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, 2013), writing and producing musical revue shows from the ground up (I Always Get My Man!, 2008), staging wonderful but rarely-seen operas (The Impresario, 2012 and La serva padrona, 2013) and even livestreaming full performances online for those unable to attend them in person.
Opera Mariposa is committed to presenting high-calibre productions and creating meaningful artistic opportunities for emerging performers. Whether adding to their role experience, exploring rare musical works or seeking collaborations with other dedicated professionals, we strive to support the careers of outstanding local artists while pursuing the highest standards of operatic excellence. By presenting a varied and exciting program, we seek to explore the breadth of the repertoire, and to inspire people with the expressive power of opera. Above all, we remain dedicated to bringing our audience rich, riveting productions, now and for seasons to come.
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 tomorrow’s opera stars spread their wings.
Artistic Director – Jacqueline Ko
Managing Director – Robin Eder-Warren
Publicity & Communications – Stephanie Ko