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Vancouver Opera Offstage

Vancouver Opera Offstage is an audio podcast with host Les Dala, chorus director and associate conductor with Vancouver Opera. Join Les for this podcast as he chats with opera experts, artists, Vancouver Opera staff and others to explore the world of opera on and off the stage. This podcast offers an insider’s glimpse into the artistry, experiences, and perspectives of the talent involved in taking breathtaking opera productions from the page to the stage. For more information and to access each episode's special features such as guest Spotify lists, visit . Continue the conversation on social media with hashtag #VOffstage.


Episode 30 | Season Finale: Magic in the Music with Order of Canada, Order of BC member and Vancouver Recital Society founder and Artistic Director Leila Getz 37:58 08/04/2021
Episode 29 | The Power of Heroes with Canadian Sports Icon and Opera Fan Valerie Jerome 45:10 07/08/2021
Episode 28 | Musical Excellence with Early Music Vancouver's Suzie LeBlanc, C.M. 29:16 06/02/2021
Episode 27 | Behind the Camera Lens on the Digital Season with Mike Southworth 31:35 05/05/2021
Episode 26 | Up Close and Personal about Carmen with stage director Brenna Corner 35:20 04/07/2021
Episode 25 | The Music Shop Pre-Show, with Composer & Librettist Richard Wargo 42:18 03/02/2021
Episode 24 | Bringing it home with prolific Canadian Stage Director Michael Cavanagh, Artistic Director of the Royal Swedish Opera 49:02 02/03/2021
Episode 23 | A Storied Career with Canadian baritone Brett Polegato 37:24 01/13/2021
Episode 22 | A Holiday Treat for our Listeners! 65:17 12/16/2020
Episode 21 | Special Guests from Vancouver Opera's Amahl and the Night Visitors 29:19 12/02/2020
Episode 20 | Adventures in Stage Management: Behind the Scenes with Theresa Tsang & Marijka Asbeek Brusse 46:20 11/18/2020
Episode 19 | Highlights of two decades with former VO General Director Jim Wright 46:46 11/04/2020
Episode 18 | An inspirational journey with mezzo-soprano and star of La Voix humaine, Mirelle Lebel 30:50 10/21/2020
Episode 17 | Singing with the Greats with Tenor and UBC Voice and Opera Professor J. Patrick Raftery 47:20 10/07/2020
Episode 16 | Introductions from the 2020-2021 Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists! 31:51 09/23/2020
Episode 15 | Transforming adversity to creative inspiration with The Kettle Society and the Can You Hear Me? Project's Lesley Sutherland, Jerry LaFaery, and Coreen Douglas 32:27 09/09/2020
Episode 14 | Sharing the love of performance with Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó 31:31 08/26/2020
Episode 13 | Keeping pace with internationally respected conductor and former VO Music Director David Agler 27:58 08/12/2020
Episode 12 | Imagining the future for opera with soprano and multidisciplinary performer Teiya Kasahara & tenor Asitha Tennekoon, co-founders of Amplified Opera 44:12 07/29/2020
Episode 11 | Shaping the voices of tomorrow with UBC Opera's legendary Nancy Hermiston 51:33 07/15/2020
Episode 10 | Canadian Visions with Tapestry Opera's Michael Hidetoshi Mori and First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman of Amplified Opera 46:23 07/01/2020
Episode 9 | Coaches in Conversation: Demystifying the role of the répétiteur with Kinza Tyrrell and Tina Chang 49:23 06/24/2020
Episode 8 | From the Countertenor to Executive Director: Matthew White of Early Music Vancouver 37:04 06/17/2020
Episode 7 | Breaking barriers in the digital world with Vancouver Island's own Rachel Fenlon 28:32 06/10/2020
Episode 6 | In the spotlight with Vancouver-born lyric soprano Simone Osborne 50:32 06/03/2020
Episode 5 | Perspectives on performance with Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch 38:52 05/27/2020
Episode 4 | Sharing stories from legendary Canadian mezzo-soprano Judith Forst 34:26 05/20/2020
Episode 3 | A Chat with Canadian Stage Director Rachel Peake | On her process and vision as a director from theatre to opera 28:57 05/13/2020
Episode 2 | Catching up with Jonathan Darlington, Music Director Emeritus of Vancouver Opera 31:17 05/06/2020
Episode 1 | An Interview with Tom Wright, General Director of Vancouver Opera 40:24 04/29/2020