The Georgia Straight - - Arts -

BAROQUE BEAU­TIES The Van­cou­ver Opera Fes­ti­val has pro­vided a sweep­ing Rus­sian theme for its events this year, with one of the rarest oc­ca­sions hap­pen­ing Sun­day (May 6), away from ground zero at the Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre plaza and out at the Chan Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts. Early Mu­sic Van­cou­ver is co­p­re­sent­ing this trip into an era when the two “greats”— Cather­ine and Peter—held sway. It was also a pe­riod of rich Baroque mu­sic, as ev­i­denced in the show Rus­sian White Nights: Opera Arias From 18th Cen­tury St. Peters­burg. Alexan­der Weimann con­ducts the Pa­cific Baroque Orches­tra in this metic­u­lously re­searched pro­gram. Su­per­star Cana­dian so­prano Karen Gau­vin is on hand to give voice to com­posers like Araia, Berezovsky, and Fomin—names you might never have heard of, but might never for­get after this con­cert.

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