Libretto by MARIE CLEMENTS, Music by Brian Current
Presented by Vancouver City Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria
Missing gives voice, in English and Gitksan, to the stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Set in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and along the Highway of Tears, Missing is a poetic expression of loss and hope.
Co-commissioned and co-produced by Pacific Opera Victoria and City Opera Vancouver, the opera, developed over two and a half years, had its world première in Vancouver and Victoria in November 2017.
In 2019, Pacific Opera partnered with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Prince George Native Friendship Centre, Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services, Regina Symphony Orchestra, and Prince George Symphony Orchestra, to remount Missing for performances at the Baumann Centre in Victoria, at the Regina Performing Arts Centre, and at the House of Ancestors “Uda Dune Baiyoh,” in Prince George.
Composer: Brian Current, Librettist: Marie Clements, Conductor: Timothy Long, Director: Peter Hinton, Scenic and Projection Designer: Andy Moro, Costume Designer: Carmen Thompson, Lighting Designer: John Webber, Assistant Lighting Designer: Alia Stephen, Sound Designer: Sandy Scofield, Additional Sound Design: Troy Slocum, Dramaturg: Paula Danckert, Gitksan Translations and Diction Coach: Vincent Gogag, Gitksan IPA Transcriptions: Michael David Schwan, Surtitles: Anika Vervecken, Teresa Turgeon, Stage Manager: Chris Porter, Assistant Stage Manager: Bradley Dunn
2019 Cast, in order of vocal appearance
Ava: Caitlin Wood, Native Girl: Joanna Diindiisikwe Simmons, Jess: Heather Molloy, Devon: Jan van der Hooft, Dr. Wilson: Marion Newman, Native Student / Angus Wilds: Kyle Lehmann, Native Mother: Rose-Ellen Nichols
REVIEW: Victoria Times Colonist