Opera Opulenza

Opera Opulenza is a Vancouver-based opera company founded in 2014 by artistic director Trudy Chalmers. Together with music director Roger Parton, Trudy has created a company that is dedicated to providing singers with opportunities to sing in concerts, fully-staged operas, and opera scenes.

In January 2019, Opera Opulenza joined chART: Public Art and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in the fieldhouse at Oak Park – an initiative made possible by the Vancouver Parks Board. This opportunity has given Opera Opulenza the ability to broaden their programming to include a wide range of community engagement events and activities for the communities of Marpole and Oakridge.

We are bringing opera to the community by way of free concerts, workshops, opera screenings, masterclasses, a community opera chorus, and more! We hope to bring people together, to help people build confidence through singing and movement, to break social isolation, to be inclusive and accessible for all, to spark creativity, and to break the perceived social and financial barriers of this art form.

Contact Opera Opulenza: operaopulenza@gmail.com

chART: Public Art

chART: Public Art is an art team and research group led by Dr. Cameron Cartiere, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Since 2011, chART has coordinated interdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations that create public art and community engagement projects stemming from the community of Marpole.

chART is working from the Oak Park Fieldhouse as part of the Artist Fieldhouse Studio Program. This amazing opportunity is made possible by the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation, the Marpole Oakridge Community Centre, and Emily Carr University of Art + Design. During our time at the Oak Park Fieldhouse, the focus of our public art and community engagement will be environmental issues (particularly wild pollinators) and the social and cultural connections to art within the community of Marpole.

We are looking forward to continuing our collaborations with the Marpole BIA, local schools, the Vancouver Public Library, and many of the other amazing community and cultural groups in Marpole.

Contact chART at: chart@ecuad.ca


The Vancouver Park Board’s Field House Activation Program provides project space and access to parks to foster community-engaged activity that focuses: arts, culture, sport,  environment, local food and social encounters.