Vancouver Opera

Butterfly In Baghdad And Other U.S. Dramas: A Night At The Pre-Election Opera

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Hadani Ditmars

I can imagine a production of Butterfly where a variety of dictators in the vein of "the only thing worse than being an enemy of the U.S. is being a former ally" -- from the Shah of Iran to Saddam Hussein to Noriega to Bashar Assad- sing that poignant second act aria.

Supporting the Arts, One Point at a Time

Sonny Wong | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sonny Wong

If loyalty programs helped turn around an ailing airline industry, why couldn't it do the same for the arts?

Stephen Harper and the Death of Canadian Culture

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 10.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Hadani Ditmars

In light of recent announcements that the current government plans to sell off the CBC buildings across this land -- the very art of cultural commentary might not be long for this nation. As Harper slowly dismantles every political and cultural institution intrinsic to the Canadian way of life I wonder -- will the future Joni Mitchells, Leonard Cohens and Neil Youngs be left to fend for themselves?

Vancouver Opera's La Boheme Reminds me of My Paris Days

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 12.27.2012 | Canada Living
Hadani Ditmars

Warning: before you take in the final performance of Vancouver Opera's La Boheme, some Prozac may be required. It helped me drift back to my own bohemian existence, many moons ago, when I lived in a Parisian garret in St Germain des pres. I had almost no possessions, no telephone -- I also busked on weekends in le Marais, singing gypsy songs and Leonard Cohen ballads.