4 Tenors Concert

Sunday, August 14th

2pm

Free!

Oak Park -7575 Fremlin St, Vancouver

Dae Hyun Justin Cho, tenor

Mark Pepe, tenor

Matej Kockovsky, tenor

Brent MacKenzie, tenor

Roger Parton, piano

Outside in the park – weather permitting

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Workshops 

Please note that if it’s raining we’ll move from Connaught Park to inside Kits Neighbourhood House 2305 W 7th Ave, Vancouver.

Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 at 2pm-3pm in Connaught Park 

Breathe, Move, Sing Workshops for Seniors with Trudy Chalmers

Light singing, speaking, breathing, relaxation, movement, vocal exploration, vocal games. 

Free!

Connaught Park, 2390 West 10th Ave, Vancouver in Kitsilano 

(If it’s raining we’ll be at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House 2305 W 7th Ave, Vancouver)

Wear comfortable clothing.

More details here: https://www.kitshouse.org/seniors-summer-outdoors/

Hosted by the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House

Perch Outdoor Concert

Friday, July 22nd at 12pm-1:30pm at Lot 19 Downtown

Perch Outdoor Concert

Free!

Leila Kirves, soprano

Yenny Lee, mezzo-soprano

Dae Hyun Justin Cho, tenor

Andrew Greenwood, bass-baritone

Roger Parton, piano

No reservations necessary

There are places to sit at Lot 19 or you can bring your own chair.

Outdoors, 855 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Heritage Salon Social Concert & Chat

Saturday, July 16th at 3pm in Oak Park
Special Multiple-Singer Salon Social (concert & chat)
Songs from Korea, Ukraine, Mexico, Philippines, and China!  
Free!
Featuring:
Catherine Thornsley, soprano
Dae Hyun Justin Cho, tenor
Alyssa Samson, mezzo-soprano
Taryn Plater, mezzo-soprano
Roger Parton, piano
Also featuring singers from our Community Opera Chorus
Bring a chair/blanket or email to reserve a chair from us: operaopulenza@gmail.com
Outside in the park, weather permitting – 7575 Fremlin St, Vancouver

Summer Concert & Workshop Series 2022

Saturday, July 9th at 1:30pm at Oak Park

Our Summer Concert/Workshop Series is finally here! 

Saturday, July 9th at 1:30pm in Oak Park – New date and time!

Summer Concert Series Opener

Free!

Madison Craig, soprano

Matej Kockovsky, tenor

Yenny Lee, mezzo-soprano

Roger Parton, piano

Bring a chair/blanket or email to reserve a chair from us: operaopulenza@gmail.com

Outside in the park – 7575 Fremlin St, Vancouver

If it’s raining again, I will announce an indoor venue.

Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 at 2pm-3pm in Connaught Park 

Breathe, Move, Sing Workshops for Seniors with Trudy Chalmers

Light singing, humming, speaking, breathing, relaxation, movement, vocal exploration, vocal games. Connect with your body and breath, gain confidence, and have fun.

Free!

Connaught Park, 2390 West 10th Ave, Vancouver in Kitsilano 

Wear comfortable clothing.

More details here: https://www.kitshouse.org/seniors-summer-outdoors/

Hosted by the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House

Saturday, July 16th at 3pm in Oak Park

Special Multiple-Singer Salon Social (concert & chat)

Songs from Korea, the Ukraine, Mexico, the Philippines, and more!  

Free!

Featuring:

Catherine Thornsley, soprano

Dae Hyun Justin Cho, tenor

Alyssa Samson, mezzo-soprano

Taryn Plater, mezzo-soprano

Roger Parton, piano

Also featuring singers from our Community Opera Chorus

Bring a chair/blanket or email to reserve a chair from us: operaopulenza@gmail.com

Outside in the park – 7575 Fremlin St, Vancouver

Friday, July 22nd at 12pm-1:30pm at Lot 19 Downtown

Perch Outdoor Concert

Free!

Leila Kirves, soprano

Yenny Lee, mezzo-soprano

Dae Hyun Justin Cho, tenor

Andrew Greenwood, bass-baritone

Roger Parton, piano

No reservations necessary

There are places to sit at Lot 19 or you can bring your own chair.

Outdoors, 855 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tuesday, July 26th at 7pm at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church in Marpole

Benefit for the Marpole Community Food Hub

Ticket prices and link to buy tickets – TBA

Catherine Thornsley, soprano

Matej Kockovsky, tenor

Roger Parton, piano

Money will go towards The Food Ministry and Renovation Project

Indoor concert

More information to come!

Sunday, August 14th at Oak Park 

4 Tenors Concert

Free!

Outside in the park – 7575 Fremlin St, Vancouver

More information to come!

There will be a few more concerts and workshops announced soon including the end of season Opera Gala!

Exciting News – We are in the middle of a rebrand, rename, and expansion, which all will be launched very soon! 

We hope to see you again at some of our concerts and workshops this Summer! Bring your friends!

Best, 

Trudy

Marpole/Oakridge Community Centre Seniors Luncheon & Concert February 3, 2022

Soprano Sodam Lee and pianist Roger Parton performed a selection of opera arias and one Korean art song for the seniors luncheon group at the community centre. Sodam sang from a distance and from behind plexiglass. She gave a description of each piece and after the concert stayed to answer questions from the group about opera singing and how she got into this profession.

Soprano Sodam Lee singing for the seniors at Marpole/Oakridge Community Centre.

Community Opera Chorus Rehearsals

Throughout COVID the Community Opera Chorus has been rehearsing online via Zoom, outside the fieldhouse at Oak Park, and inside the church and hall of St. Augustines Anglican Church in Marpole. They have also been attending online singing lessons and masterclasses as well as storytelling sessions. To help the singers through this isolating time, music director Roger Parton has been recording each vocal line for them to listen and practice to at home and artistic director Trudy Chalmers has been helping by recording the pronunciation of the words. We sang rain or shine, shaded by the big walnut trees next to the fieldhouse.

“It has been a wonderful and fruitful year for Katie and I to participate in the Community Chorus by Opera Opulenza in the Fieldhouse. This is perhaps the best course we ever taken since our retirement. We have learned not only how to sing, but also the technique of breathing and how to relax. We must thank you and Roger for your dedications and professionalism in your teaching. You took such patience and care to teach and coach us the beginners. Your excellent teaching deserved a 5 star ovation.” K. Cheung

“It is almost a year since attending the Community Opera Chorus program. I would like to express my deep appreciations in the following comments.

  • this program offers good opportunity to meet people of like minds
  • with the hard work by both of you, I learn a lot about music & able to have better appreciation for opera
  • it is very enjoyable and is a class I try not to miss
    The additional activities organized are all well done. I & friends love the Salon Social arrangements and enjoy all parts of it – performers are great and good selection of fine refreshments. Learn a lot about opera & lives of people in this field.
    I brought friends to the Rigoletto Read-through which was a fun evening. After the hard work by all, the chorus group shine. Of course, all the singers did wonderfully.
    All summarized, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from you. Thank you for all your hard work and organization of all events & activities.
    Best Regards,”
    Agnes & Tom

Seniors Christmas Lunch & Concert at Kits Neighbourhood House December 21, 2021

As COVID restrictions eased once again, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House invited us to sing at their seniors Christmas lunch. Soprano Catherine Thornsley, mezzo-soprano Alyssa Samson and pianist Roger Parton sang a selection of Christmas carols, opera arias and duets. Alyssa also sang a Filipino carol similar to silent night: Payapang Daigdig (Peaceful World).

Members of the seniors lunch program remarked how much they enjoyed the show and the beautiful voices. One said how the songs brought back memories and really touched her and her friend since they were both widows and have been feeling lonely throughout the COVID isolation.

Popup Concerts from 2021

Opera in the Parks Popup Tour – August 28

Soprano Catherine Thornsley, tenor Dae Hyun Justin Cho, and accompanist Roger Parton performed short popup mini concerts at Oak Park, the Arbutus Greenway at 57th Ave, and Memorial West Park.

Marpole Neighbourhood House BBQ – August 27

Popup concert at Marpole Neighbourhood House BBQ and reopening after eased COVID restrictions.

Please join us at the Marpole Neighbourhood House BBQ with soprano Julie Duerichen and mezzo-soprano Alyssa Nicole Samson, with accompaniment by Roger Parton. 

Free admission

Friday, August 27th 

Time: BBQ and activities from 3pm-6pm, Opera Opulenza at 4:30pm

8585 Hudson Street at W 70th Ave, Vancouver

Student Popup Recital – August 21

Tenor Wassym Zaz sang his first opera recital in Vancouver outside the fieldhouse at Oak Park.

Wassym Zaz, tenor

Free admission

Saturday, August 21st

Time: 12:30pm (weather permitting)

Oak Park – 7575 Fremlin St, Vancouver

Popup mini concert with soprano Shadan Saul – July 3, 2021 at Oak Park

Christmas in Song! December 18, 2021

Everyone was so excited to be singing indoors again after such a long time due to COVID-19 restrictions. We prepared a concert of Christmas favourites, opera and oratorio arias, and the Opulenza Community Opera chorus sang a Christmas piece by Franz Liszt. We sang to a small audience in St. Augustines Anglican Church. The weeks prior to the concert our Community Opera chorus collected clothing for St. Augustine’s popup thrift shop and canned food for their Christmas food delivery.

A concert of seasonal favourites!

Soprano Catherine Thornsley, soprano Tamar Simon, tenor Justin Cho, tenor Mark Pepe, bass-baritone Andrew Greenwood, pianist Roger Parton, and the Opulenza Community Opera Chorus

Free admission

Saturday, December 18

7pm-8:30pm

Please email to reserve a seat: operaopulenza@gmail.com

St Augustine’s Anglican Church – 8680 Hudson St in Marpole

Masks & vaccine passports required