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for the Ears!

Audio Dramas

Theatre for the Ears is a series of fictional audio-dramas that 'sound an alarm' on our environmental and sociological challenges and their effects on human experience.

Each episode will be an independent story created through the diverse lenses of our cultural landscape and will be unique immersive audio experiences for the listener.  
November 3, 2021

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Pilgrimage to Bach:  
A Reclamation of Spirit

A exciting collaboration with Early Music Vancouver and Baritone Jonathon Adams in our theatrical look at two of Bach's greatest cantata's - BWV 82 "Ich Habe Genug" and BWV 56 "Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen"

Digital Release:
October 13, 2021

Alarm:  Mental Health

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Angel's Bone


2017 Pulizer Prize
winning opera

by composer Du Yun &
Canadian librettist Royce Vavrek

Helping to address Human Trafficking and the exploitation of youth in our communities.

Planned to make its
Canadian debut in 2022!

Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre re:Naissance Opera
Loose Tea Music Theatre
Image by Shahzia Sikander; Uprooted Order Series 3 no 1, 1997

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Light Killed
the Beasts

A new commission by Chinese Canadian playwright, Gary Mok.  

This new text and sound theatre hybrid is set in a speculative present where electronic lights have vanished, leaving behind six billion souls trying to find their way in the dark. It is set in a small, fictional BC town that experiences a catastrophic event that threatens everyone’s livelihood. The youth of the town take it upon themselves to seek out the truth and bring justice to light. This project is inspired by various works of science fiction, speculative fiction, and magic realism that deal with questions of the natural and unnatural. It also explores our individual comfort levels with certainty versus uncertainty, and how these themes may impact the ongoing efforts to combat the climate crisis.

Production planned for 2023/24

Supported by BC Arts Council

The Last Cabaret

Produced by City Opera Vancouver
in association with Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre

Presented at the
2020 PuSh
International Performing Arts Festival

This cabaret celebrates the subversive power of art and offers a warning to those who would take freedom for granted.
1934: As Nazism tightens its grip on Germany, a satirical cabaret troupe faces physical danger and a moral crisis. Members have disappeared under suspicious circumstances; the five that remain have to decide whether to bend to intimidation or perform their work uncensored. With death looming in the air, the risks couldn’t be higher—and yet the desperate need for expression is still there...

Vancouver, 2020.

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of the Night

The Concert Tour

This celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 70th birthday includes all his most iconic theatrical music. The tour visited 18 BC cities in 2019 and will visiting another 20 cities in BC and Alberta in 2020. We hope to see you there!

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Acis + Galatea

an opera by G. F. Handel

Presented in September 2017, this co-production with re:Naissance Opera was named one of "Vancouver's Best Operas of 2017" Directed by Alan Corbishley

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Dragging Piaf

A Cinematic Theatrical Concert

This cinematic concert in 2014 and 2016 featured the music of Edith Piaf, performed by Frederik Robert, and integrated an accompanied silent film about a Vancouver drag queen whose alter ego resembled the life of the iconic French chanteuse.

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Acis + Galatea, 2017

Named "Vancouver's Best Opera"

 "...this retelling of Handel’s story was refreshing, making perfect sense of music and libretto, doing a fine job of presenting them, and introducing a concept of the opera more dramatically compelling than the original."

Webley aWaits, 2012

"Comedy walked - OK, staggered at times - arm in arm with tragedy... The front seat? That was Kris Ruston driving the energy from behind the grille of an '80s Ford pickup, part of a junk-strewn set that included a kitchen-utensil rhythm section.

Mike Youds, The Daily News

Dragging Piaf, 2016

"On its own, ninety minutes of Frederik Robert’s singing could’ve been interesting and fully entertaining … I was excited to see if the silent film could use the urgency and intensity of Robert’s live voice to spin a powerful narrative… And it did."

Satie de Paris, 2009

"Satie de Paris was poetry on stage!"

Mike Youds, The Daily News

We would like to thank our supporters!

It is with great honour that we have received funding support
from the following organizations.

Vancouver Foundation

Various Grants

In support of
Angel's Bone ('18-'21)
Acis + Galatea ('17)
Sign & Flow ('15)

Canada Council for the Arts

Digital Now
Explore & Create

In Support of
Theatre for the Ears​ ('21)​
Pilgrimage to Bach ('21)​

of BC

Community Gaming 

In support of
Performance Programming

Creative BC/
Amplify BC

Various Grants

In support of
Music of the Night:
The Concert Tour ('19)
COVID Org Support ('20)

BC Arts Council

Various Grants

In support of
'Expanded Arts and Culture Resilience' ('21)
Light Killed the Beasts ('20)
Acis + Galatea ('17)
Sign & Flow ('15)
Canadian Cabaret ('09-'12)
Satie de Paris ('08)

City of Vancouver

CASC Grant

In Support of
Theatre for the Ears ('21)

Sound the Alarm:  Music/Theatre is a registered Canadian charity.

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