New Vancouver opera company to put on first show tomorrow night in Marpole

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Operatic duo Jacqueline Ko (left) and Robin Eder-Warren will sing some of Western music's greatest arias in Opera Mariposa's debut show tomorrow night at Marpole United Church. Photo courtesy of Opera Mariposa.

By SHAWN GILL

A brand new Vancouver-based opera company will be debuting in Marpole on Saturday night. The performance Witches, Waifs and Wives will feature an arrangement of some of the greatest arias from the operatic repertoire sung by two prominent locally based soprano vocalists.

Robin Eder-Warren and Jacqueline Ko will head Opera Mariposa’s debut show, accompanied by Michael Onwood on piano. In their advertising, the show’s creators promise a colourful demonstration of “strong women, lavish costumes and beautiful music.”

For years, Opera Mariposa artistic director Jacqueline Ko, has wanted to start her own opera company to give opportunities to “fantastic” young local talent to showcase their skills, said colleague and friend Robin Eder-Warren.

Eder-Warren, who’s just returned from several months of singing and coaching in Germany and Luxembourg, says she and Ko are excited that “finally [Ko’s] dream is coming to fruition.”

“Some of the greatest singers you can encounter in town may only get the opportunity to sing one role a year or maybe two,” said Eder-Warren. “We’d love to present some of the greatest singers that we know and love to [local] audiences.”

The show will take place at Marpole United Church this Saturday starting at 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $13 and $15 and are available at the door, online at www.operamariposa.com or by phone at 778-918-9498.

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