Canada's most ambitious student opera company

Under the direction of Professor Nancy Hermiston, UBC Opera educates and promotes gifted young opera singers while preparing them for international careers.

The UBC Opera Ensemble was founded in 1995, with the appointment of Canadian lyric coloratura Nancy Hermiston as Chair of the Voice and Opera Divisions. Beginning with a core of seven performers, Ms. Hermiston has built the program to a 90-member company, now performing three main productions at UBC every season, six Opera Tea Concerts, and several engagements with local community partners, including Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bard on the Beach, and Vancouver Bach Choir. 


2018/19 Season Overview

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The Singer Behind the Song | Renée Fleming | Sept. 18, 2018 (New Time: 5:00pm)

Silent Night | Nov. 3, 4, 8 & 9, 2018

The Singer Behind the Song | Angela Meade | Dec. 5, 2018

Die Zauberflöte | Jan. 31, Feb. 1–3, 2019
The Singer Behind the Song | Eric Owens | Feb. 19, 2019

Opera Ball FundraiserMar. 1, 2019

Don Giovanni | Jun. 20–23, 2019

Opera Tea Series | Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Nov. 18, Feb. 7 (moved from Feb. 10), Mar. 10, Apr. 7

Download the 2018/19 Season Brochure (pdf)




WATCH: Highlights from UBC Opera's 2014 production of "The Cunning Little Vixen" 


Training tomorrow's opera professionals today

The mission at UBC Opera is to educate and promote gifted, young opera singers, while preparing them for international careers.

Past productions have included Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, La Bohème, Dido and AeneasThe Merry Widow, The Bartered Bride, Manon, Eugene Onegin, Florence Lady with the LampFalstaff, Don Giovanni, Cendrillon, Albert Herring, Rusalka, Robert Ward’s The Crucible, and the Western Canadian Premiere of Harry Somer’s Louis Riel. (See our full performance archive here.)

The ensemble has performed with Canadian Heldentenor Ben Heppner at the Chan Centre of the Performing Arts, for a special broadcast on CBC Radio. They also produced the world premiere of the new Canadian opera The Dream Healer, by West Vancouver composer Lloyd Burritt, based on Timothy Findley’s novel Pilgrim.



WATCH: Highlights from our Summer Voice Institute

Performance: Voice & Opera program



WATCH: Kallie Clayton (Master's student), Sheldon Baxter (BMus'14, MMus'15), and Alireza Mojibian (BMus'15, Master's student) describe the amazing opportunities afforded to students in the UBC Opera Program.


An award-winning, touring opera company

The Opera Ensemble tours regularly to the Czech Republic, Germany, Ontario, and throughout British Columbia. They have performed at the Usti nad Labem City Theatre, and The Teplice Opera House, as well as in neighbouring cities in the Czech Republic.

Past productions include: Die Gärtnerin aus LiebeXersesIl Barbiere di SivigliaThe Cunning Little VixenFaustManonDie FledermausCarmen, La BohèmeDon GiovanniGiulio CesareCosì fan tutteDie ZauberflöteLe nozze di Figaro, and Rusalka. The ensemble has had the privilege of performing Die Gärtnerin aus LiebeCosì fan tutte, and Die Zauberflöte, in Prague’s Estates Theatre where Mozart premiered his Don Giovanni.








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