Upcoming Events

Voices in the Vineyard


This year’s Voices in the Vineyard event promises to be another fabulous garden party.

It will take place outdoors on the beautiful Millstone Estate Winery patio located at 2300 Wellington Road E. in Nanaimo on August 12th beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The concert will feature selections from Europe and Canadian opera and musical theatre, and the audience can once again expect high-quality and memorable performances.

Tickets are $25.00 and are available for purchase on The Port Theatre site.

As no tickets will be sold at the door, we recommend purchasing your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Another exciting and new element that has been added to this year’s event is Opera Nanaimo’s Garden Art exhibit. This year’s resident artist will be sculptor Joel Prevost, who has just moved to Nanaimo from Montreal.

Food and beverages will also be available for purchase on site. So…

With all of the above, everybody can look forward to a wonderful afternoon of music, fun, and enjoyment.

Here’s hoping you and your family will join us.

All at Opera Nanaimo look forward to seeing you all soon.

Music in the Vineyard


On Sunday, August 13th, at 2:00 p.m., Opera Nanaimo will hold its first 2017 summer opera and musical theatre event, Voices in the Vineyard.

Voices in the Vineyard will be a wonderful garden party opportunity. It will take place outdoors on the patio of the beautiful Millstone Winery, 2300 Wellington Road E in Nanaimo.

The concert will feature selections from Canadian and European opera and musical theatre sung by local soloists and members of the Opera Nanaimo chorus.

Tickets are $25.00 ($20.00 for Opera Nanaimo members) and includes a fabulous selection of food appetizers. Children’s tickets are $10.00 for the first child and $5.00 for each additional child. Tickets may be purchased through the Port Theatre box office or at the door.

Wine will be available for purchase from the winery, and light snacks will be provided to guests thanks to the generosity of Thrifty Foods

Hansel and Gretel

Composed by Englebert Humperdinck  


The adventure story of two mischievous children who find delicious treats and also discover a dark secret in the woods.

This adaptation of the well known Grimm fairy tale has been a favourite opera since its premiere in 1893.  With delightful folk tunes and skilful orchestration, the tale explores universal themes of poverty, peril and bravery resulting in the triumph of good over evil and a happy ending for all.  Well except for the witch!!  Join Opera Nanaimo as it celebrates the richness of imagination and offers an insight into the fear and bravery of children all the while entwined in dreamy fairy-tale melodies. 

Musical Director: Carol Fetherston
Stage Director: Marilyn Kelly
Producer: Arlene Blundell

Dates:      Friday, October 28th at 7:30 p.m. AND
                Saturday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m.

Where:    Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre
               6234 Spartan Rd, Nanaimo

Tickets:   $28 for adults and $5 for children 16 and under.
               Tickets may be purchased through the Port Theatre Box Office, 125 Front St, Nanaimo  
               250 754-8550 (+ applicable order fees)

PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY:  City of Nanaimo, Nanaimo News Bulletin


Join Us

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 Intrigued? Interested in opera, musical theatre and the arts?

Volunteering with Opera Nanaimo may be for you.

Opera Nanaimo is seeking people for Board membership and for volunteers to guide and support our organization. We have need for people with experience in:

•  publicity & marketing

•  communications and social media

•  fund raising

•  volunteer coordination

•  educational program development

•  just doing it!

We are preparing for our 2015-2016 performance season. To join our non-profit society, please express your interest and send your qualifications to communications@operananaimo.ca.

So get ON it! We would love to hear from you. Opera – its not at all scary!


A musical fund raiser for Opera Nanaimo
After a successful season culminating in our acclaimed performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors last Christmas, ON is presenting our 2016 spring fundraiser courtesy of BMW Nanaimo.
This event will feature some of the best vocal talent from the mid-island region. Some of these performers will become star entertainers for Opera Nanaimo and elsewhere.
When:              Sunday 1st May starting at 2:00 pm
Where:             BMW Nanaimo
                        2470 Kenworth Road, Nanaimo
Admission:      by donation
Parking:           available on Kenworth Road
Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and canapes will be provided, thanks to Thrifty Foods, AND there will be an opportunity to meet the performers after the concert.
Funds raised will support the work of Opera Nanaimo who is dedicated to bringing quality Opera entertainment to your community.
Open your hearts to these aspiring young performers and show your support for their future by supporting Opera Nanaimo. Help make opera once again part of Nanaimo’s rich cultural history as we revitalize the enthusiasm of our forebears for Opera in the community which began over a century ago with the construction of the Opera House on Commercial Street.
Opera Nanaimo is supported by Cultural Heritage funding from the City of Nanaimo

Amahl and the Night Visitors

By arrangement with Schirmer Inc. publisher

by Gian Carlo Menotti

Amahl and the Night Visitors, the joyful one act opera composed in 1951 by Gian Carlo Menotti is coming to Nanaimo!  Opera Nanaimo is pleased to announce that this beloved holiday season opera sung in English will be the company’s first fully in-house produced opera.  Keeping with the mandate of Opera Nanaimo, the principal professional cast hails from BC and the chorus will be local singers and dancers from the Nanaimo area. 

Amahl and the Night Visitors was the first opera ever to be shown on television. Composer Menotti directing the first production himself stated the  inspiration came to him from a picture of the “ The Adoration of the Magi” by the artist Hieronymus Bosch hanging at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Menotti wrote the opera especially for children as he tried to capture his own childhood dream of “seeing the three wise men” on their way to bring gifts to the Christ child in Bethlehem.   In Europe the tradition was that the Magi brought gifts to children but they were always unseen. This tradition is echoed today in North America as Santa Claus arrives secretly in the night to young ones here. 

Amahl is a story of a young boy growing up. While capturing the enchantment and magic of the holiday season it also tells of the relationship between a young boy and his mother. 

Wonderful music, dancing and singing by a shepherd’s chorus, magic and humour from the Kings and a lovable boy standing by his mother’s side as she fights poverty makes for an enjoyable holiday season’s entertainment for the entire family.  Join Opera Nanaimo in celebrating the holiday season by attending Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Ecumenical Church of Nanaimo on Dec. 29th, and 30th with a 7:30 p.m. curtain time.  Tickets are available now in good time for holiday season gift giving from the Port Theatre. 

Read synopsis
Amahl is a poor, disabled shepherd boy who is constantly telling tall tales. He is sitting outside playing his shepherd’s pipe and after much persuasion from his mother to come inside he tells her there is an amazing star “as big as a window” outside over their roof. Of course his mother does not believe him. After bedtime there is a knock at the door and the mother tells Amahl to see who it is. He is surprised to see three splendidly dressed kings (the Magi) and tells his mother but she does not believe him. When she goes to the door to see for herself, she is stunned. The Three Kings tell the mother and Amahl they are on a long journey to give gifts to a wondrous Child and they would like to rest at their house. The mother agrees saying that all she can offer is a cold fireplace and a bed of straw. While she is fetching firewood, Amahl seizes the opportunity to speak with the kings. Balthazar answers Amahl’s questions about his life as a king and asks Amahl what he does. Amahl responds that he was once a shepherd, but his mother had to sell his sheep. Now he and his mother have to go begging. Amahl then talks with King Kaspar, who is childlike, eccentric, and a bit deaf. Kaspar shows Amahl his box of magic stones, beads, and liquorice, and offers Amahl some of the candy. The mother returns and Amahl is told to fetch the neighbours so that the kings may be fed and entertained properly. After the neighbours leave and the kings are resting, the mother attempts to steal some of the kings’ gold that was meant for the Christ Child. She is thwarted by the kings’ page. When Amahl wakes up he finds the page grabbing his mother, so he attacks him. Seeing Amahl’s weak defence of his mother and understanding the motives for the attempted theft, King Melchior says she may keep the gold as the Holy Child will not need earthly power or wealth to build his kingdom. The mother says she has waited all her life for such a king. She asks the three kings to take back the gold and says she wishes to send a gift but has nothing. Amahl, too, has nothing to give the Christ Child except his crutch. When he offers it to the kings, his leg is miraculously healed. With his mother’s permission, he leaves with the kings to offer his crutch to the Christ Child in thanks for being healed.

Two performances only: December 29 & 30, 2015 7:30 pm

Ecumenical Centre, 6234 Spartan Rd, Nanaimo (off Metral drive)

Lots of free parking on-site