East Van Opera Presents

Beauty's Beast

Location Creekside Theatre, 10241 Bottom Wood Lake Road, Lake Country
DescriptionTime: 7:30PM
Price: $29 (including fees)

East Van Opera is delighted to bring our original opera 'Beauty's Beast' to the stage at the Creekside Theatre in Lake Country B.C. Written and performed by local composer and soprano, Allison Cociani (Belle), alongside baritone Jason Cook (Beast), this new opera explores the themes of empowerment, healthy relationships and consent. Suitable for all ages, our new take on the classic fairytale 'Beauty and the Beast’, will be sure to inspire, entertain, and enchant its audience. We look forward to sharing this music with you and bringing our story to life for the community of Lake Country.

Allison Cociani was born in Vancouver and grew up in the Okanagan Valley, where she studied piano and then voice with her early mentor Aurora Hamill. At the Victoria Conservatory of Music under Karen Smith, she completed a teaching and performing diploma. Allison moved to Italy to perform and study, working on Italian repertoire and language with baritone Nicolo Ceriani. In concert Allison has performed in Ancona, Pesaro, Trieste, Montreal, Vancouver and other cities across British Columbia. In 2005 she was awarded second place in the Canadian National Voice Competition. Recently she appeared onstage with Opera Mariposa in La Serva Padrona, where she was hailed as “a delight to watch and hear” (Review Vancouver), and in Menotti’s The Telephone. Other notable roles include Susanna - Marriage of Figaro, and the Queen of the Night - The Magic Flute. Her passion for singing is clear in her work as a composer, appearing in the title role for her first opera, Alma in June of 2017 at the Metro Theatre in Vancouver. Along with new music compositions, she has written several scores for video games, and has been a busy artist in the electronic genre. As East Van Opera’s artistic director, she continually creates opportunities for young composers and performers to pursue their musical dreams.

A native of Vancouver, “lovely lyric baritone” (Georgia Straight) Jason Cook holds an undergraduate degree from the UBC School of Music with a major in Voice Performance, is a member of the Vancouver Opera Ensemble and a piano graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music. With his roots in traditional choral performance and musical theatre, the marriage of these two styles led Jason to the operatic stage. Notable roles include Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Don Giovanni, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Gianni Schicchi, Danilo (Die lustige Witwe), Reverend Olin Blitch (Susannah), Marcello (La Bohème) and Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro). Opera Canada claims his recent portrayal of Escamillo in Burnaby Lyric Opera’s production of Carmen was “brilliantly sung and pricelessly acted”. Following his “delightful” and “on point” (Vancouver Presents) performance as Prince Charming and the Wolf in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, he received a Community Theatre Coalition award for ‘Lead Actor in a Musical’. This young artist is also well versed in oratorio, chamber music and art song - now broadening his repertoire by engaging in the world of original Canadian compositions. Jason has had the privilege of performing across Canada, Europe, China and Australia representing Canadian opera singers in a variety of styles and languages.

Pianist Perri Lo has established herself as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist equally in Montréal and Toronto. She recently completed an Artist Diploma at the University of Toronto in Opera Repetiteuring (’18) and began working as musical staff for the International Vocal Arts Institute (Montreal), Opera Atelier, and Long Reach Opera Workshop (Toronto). Perri has extensive training at various summer institutes including Music Academy of the West, the Vancouver International Song Institute, and l’Accademia dell’opera, and has been awarded several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. She frequently performs as a recitalist and in chamber music ensembles including her trio, Panecorde, and recently appeared as a guest artist in Centric Musicfest (Lethbridge, AB).

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July 2019

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