Photo Credit: Michelle Koebke of Diamond’s Edge Photography.
Opera Mariposa presents
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Costume & prop sale: 12pm – 6pm | Costumed concert: 3pm
St. Faith’s Anglican Church (7284 Cypress St. Vancouver @ W. 57th Ave.)
My Review of Opera Bazaar
As a fashionista who loves opera music is there anything better than a fistful of baubles and an earful of arias on a lazy sunny afternoon? Most Saturdays I’m usually happily strolling along the sea walk but if you send me an invitation to a costume and prop sale and an opera performance, how can I possible say no.
I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve never been to a costume and prop sale and thought to myself, hmm, do I need a big puffy cover-everything-up-to-your-eyelids-to-down-to-your-ankle dress for Halloween? Or how about a fake guillotine which could be used as a means to get rid of unwanted boyfriends who can’t take no as an answer?
Well, to my surprise, none of these fanciful costumes/props were for sale, although I did spy with my slanted eye a couple of kimonos, corsets and parasols. But there was plenty of “regular” stuff such as purses, clothes, shoes, dresses and of course, bling bling fashion accessories that managed to entice some of my hard-earned coins to run out of my wallet screaming “OMG want want want!”
Seriously, how could I say no to these eye blinding bling bling necklaces for $4 and $8. There were also two vendors – one sold greeting cards and the other fashion chain jewellery (Donald’s Eye Chainmail Jewellery ) like this minute bikini which I struggled to get into, although it did create quite the titter from quite a few people who pointed their fingers in my direction and said, “Nice bikini, too bad she can’t get it in her size.” But I scored a gold and purple star earrings for only $25 from this vendor.
Then at 3 pm, it was time for the opera performance to begin. From Robin Hahn, who looked like a reincarnation of Lana Turner (did I just age myself) who sang In quali eccessi… Mi tradi quell’alma ingrata (from Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart) and Qual fiamma avea nel guardo… Stridono lassù (from Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo) in her sweet sopranic voice to Barry Honda ultra low low low bass voice in O Isis und Osiris (from The Magic Flute by W. A. Mozart) and I rage, I melt, I burn… O ruddier than the cherry (from Acis and Galatea by George Frideric Handel), it was an eclectic operatic journey which took us through the whole gamut of such well-known operas by well-known composers.
But this opera concert was more than just eight opera singers who each sang two songs which only filled my auditory senses with their wondrous voices, but they all immersed themselves in their roles as we felt the stage over brimming with emotion. And the auditory sense was not the only sense being overwhelmed but the costumes for each aria were selected carefully and ranged from the simple nun’s habit worn by Libby Donald who sang Senza mamma (from Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini) to the visually stunning silver and black shimmering sequin body hugging dress wore by Jacqueline Ko while she wooed us with her tale of Doretta’s true love’s kiss in Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (from La rondine by Giacomo Puccini). Listening to Jacqueline’s voice is akin to watching the sun set on the horizon with its glorious hues of pinks and oranges – no matter how many times you witness it, it still has the same magical effect each and every time.
My next favorite costume was the deep sultry purple damask gown and elaborate black butterfly mask worn by Michelle Herrewynen, who sang Csárdás: Klänge der Heimat (from Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II) who also sang The Trees on the Mountain from Susannah by Carlisle Floyd which gave me the chills.
And I would be remiss if I did not mention Maria Hwa Yeong_Jung who played each aria effortlessly on the piano, pausing ever so slightly to turn the pages of her sheet music without even blinking an eye.
But I think the most amazing thing of all is that the price of a ticket for this concert was only $18 to $22 which basically means it was only approximately $1.29 per song and that to me is a small price to pay to hear the angels sing.
Opera Mariposa’s next performance is Puccini’s Gianni Schichi which will from November 15-23, 2019. Like Opera Mariposa Facebook Page to find out about all their upcoming performances.
About the Opera Bazaar
Join Opera Mariposa for an opera-themed summer extravaganza! This August, the company that “stands at the forefront of Vancouver’s opera scene” (The Vancouver Project) is fundraising for their 2019-2020 season with a sumptuous costumed concert, presented alongside their first-ever costume and prop sale.
The sale starts at noon, and the concert is at 3pm. Take in a dazzling performance of operatic highlights, including hits from Carmen, La bohème, The Magic Flute and many more. Then stick around to shop Mariposa’s award-winning costume and prop collection, as well as beautiful collectibles and curiosities from other vendors such as Donald’s Eye Chainmail Jewellery. The costume sale includes lots of contemporary outfits and accessories (perfect for the bargain-hunting fashionista), as well as elaborate dance costumes, traditional and vintage garments, and opera outfits that truly belong centre stage. Follow Mariposa on Facebook and Instagram for sneak peeks of some of the items that will be available – then join the fun on Saturday, August 24th to revel in an afternoon of beautiful music, and to shop ‘til you drop!
Please note: Mariposa will be accepting both cash and credit card during the sale, but the concession stand will be cash only. If you are a vendor who would like to sell clothing, accessories, props, set decor or collectibles at our event, please get in touch at email@example.com.
Admission to the sale itself is FREE!
Libby Donald, soprano
Robin Hahn, soprano
Michelle Herrewynen, soprano
Jacqueline Ko, soprano
Janessa Shae O’Hearn, mezzo-soprano
Lauren Solomon, mezzo-soprano
Kimani Troy Iba, tenor
Barry Honda, bass
Maria Hwa Yeong Jung, piano
ACCESSIBILITY: The venue is wheelchair-accessible and animal-friendly. We ask that patrons help us to maintain a scent-reduced space by avoiding the use of fragrances and scented products.