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UBC Opera: Shadow Catch
March 13, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CHAMBER OPERA IN FOUR ACTS
SUNG IN ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
Dorothy Chang, Benton Roark, Jennifer Butler, Farshid Samandari | Composers
Daphne Marlatt | Librettist
UBC Opera Ensemble
Jonathan Girard | Conductor
Nancy Hermiston | Director
Shadow Catch recounts the dreams of a young runaway, newly arrived in Vancouver. As the night progresses, he is visited in turn by the spirits of four troubled souls who once inhabited the area: the spirit of an old maple tree whose grove was decimated by loggers, a member of the brilliant Asahi baseball team whose players were sent off to Japanese internment camps, the Madame of a 1920s brothel who is haunted by her tragic past and the murder of one of her young girls, and a roughneck policeman from the 1930s who fell to corruption. This is a story not only about characters from Vancouver’s historical and cultural background, but about the journey and transformation that must take place in order to confront one’s greatest fears and regrets.
Description adapted from http://shadowcatch.blogspot.com