Angel's Bone

2017 Pulizer Prize
winning opera

by composer Du Yun
& Canadian librettist Royce Vavrek

Addressing human trafficking
and the exploitation of youth
in our communities.

Cover Image: by Shahzia Sikander;
Uprooted Order Series 3 no 1, 1997

Five of the country’s most innovative music and opera organizations are coming together to present the Canadian premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary opera Angel’s Bone from November 25–27, 2022 at The Annex Theatre.

The production follows two young angels who fall to earth, and aims to generate conversation and awareness around child and youth trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Angel’s Bone features bold multimedia design and music that blends medieval chant, electronic sound design, dance music, punk-inspired arias, and standard classical new music.

The Vancouver production was developed in collaboration with a social context committee of youth workers, survivors, lawyers, human rights activists, sex workers, and opera artists. Each performance will include a 30-minute pre-show chat and a post-show Q&A.  

Presented by Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre, re:Naissance Opera, Turning Point Ensemble, Arraymusic, and Loose Tea Music Theatre, the work brings to light the urgency of the issue in cities across Canada. 

For further project details
please see this

Making its
Canadian debut

NOV 25 & 26, 2022:
7:30pm Performance
Post-Performance Q&A

NOV 27, 2022
2:00pm Performance
Post-Performance Q&A 

The Annex Theatre
823 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4

For Full information,
Digital Program,
and Educational Resources,
please visit the projects website.


Take a deeper look at our work and our artists!

Review:  Schmopera

"Angels Bone:
Disturbing the Comfortable."

Review 1:
Vancouver Arts Review

"inspires social education and emotional awareness through bold and creatively charged storytelling."

Review 2:
Vancouver Arts Review

"Angel’s Bone steps up to this challenge admirably, using nuanced, inclusive storytelling as a creative lens to generate conversation, empathy, and visibility around human trafficking in Canada."

The Pulitzer Prize Goes To...

2016 Prize Profile.

Vancouver Sun

Interview with Brenda Lochhead & Alan Corbishley

Co-Producing Organizations with
Sound the Alarm:  Music/Theatre

Sound the Alarm:  Music/Theatre


reNaissance Opera


Array Music


Loose Tea Music Theatre


Our Cross-Lateral Leadership Team

This production brings together social workers, survivors, lawyers, human rights activists and opera artists to collaborate on producing this opera depicting this complex issue around the human trafficking of youth.

For a deeper look at who is involved, including our Social Context Committee,please click here.

Our leadership team is a non-hierarchical structure to allow equal sharing of roles in creative process and project management. This production features a Directing Three Member Team + Music Director + Team of Human Trafficking Advisors

Co-Producing Leadership:
Debi Wong - Artistic Director of re:Naissance Opera (reN)
Alan Corbishley - Artistic Director of Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre (STA)
Alaina Viau - Artistic Director of Loose Tea- Loose Tea Music Theatre (LTMT)
David Schotzko - Artistic Director of Arraymusic

Renee Fajardo - Artistic Producer of STA
Jacqueline Wax - Project Coordinator
Tim Crouch - Loose Tea Music Theatre
Mark Wilson - Chair of Arraymusic
Stephanie Wong - Artistic Producer of reN
Owen Underhill - Artistic Director of Turning Point Ensemble


Co-Producer/Dramaturg (re:Naissance)


Co-Producer (Sound the Alarm)


Co-Producer (Loose Tea)


Music Director


Human Trafficking Context and Committee Manager


Co-Producer (Arraymusic)

Artistic Team & Cast

Artistic/Production Leadership:

Debi Wong - Project Design/Dramaturgy
Brenda Lochhead - Project Design/Social Context Manager/Dramaturgy
Alan Corbishley - Co-Stage Director
Alaina Viau - Co-Stage Director
Naomi Woo - Music Director/Conductor

Perri Lo - Assistant Music Director
Tina Chang - Production Repetiteur
Joline Rath - Costume Designer
Holly Myer-Dymny - Set & Lighting Designer
James Nesbitt - Projection Designer
Rachel E. Ross - Stage Manager
Blake Kriedemann - Production Manager

Alexander Dobson

Mr. XE

Alyssa Samson

Mrs XE

Asitha Tennekoon

Boy Angel

Eliza Bagg

Girl Angel (performances TBD)

Winona Myles

Girl Angel (performances TBD)

Sarah Jo Kirsch

Male Soprano/Victim

Emma Parkinson


Vocal Ensemble

Sarah Jo Kirsch

Soprano 1

Chloe Hurst

Soprano 2

Renee Fajardo

Alto 1/Victim Understudy

Emma Parkinson

Alto 2/Mrs XE Understudy

Sergio Augusto

Tenor 1

Turgut Akmete

Tenor 2

Yuhui Wang

Bass 1

Luka Kawabata

Bass 2/Mr XE Understudy

This project is generously supported by the following community enablers:

We are thrilled to announce multi-year funding from the Vancouver Foundation for this upcoming production. We have an incredible team collaborating on this production that will help us examine this opera and how it’s story about human trafficking relates to our community. We hope you will join us on this two-year journey and our deepest thanks to the Vancouver Foundation for believing in this project.

If you would like to support this project,
please contact us and we can send along further information.

The Vancouver Foundation

Multi-year support

The Hamber Foundation

Project Grant

Creative BC &
The Province of BC

Live Music

BC Arts Council

Music Project

City of Vancouver

via reNaissance Opera

Canada Council for the Arts

via reNaissance & Array