Image A-04632 courtesy of the Royal BC Museum, BC Archives.  From original photograph

Opera Nanaimo is dedicated to bringing professional opera and operatic events to Nanaimo. Opera Nanaimo plans a series of concerts, and eventually full length operas for Nanaimo audiences with performers of international calibre to create opera experiences you won’t want to miss.




A musical fund raiser for Opera Nanaimo
After a successful season culminating in our acclaimed performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors last Christmas, ON is presenting our 2016 spring fundraiser courtesy of BMW Nanaimo.
This event will feature some of the best vocal talent from the mid-island region. Some of these performers will become star entertainers for Opera Nanaimo and elsewhere.
When:              Sunday 1st May starting at 2:00 pm
Where:             BMW Nanaimo
                        2470 Kenworth Road, Nanaimo
Admission:      by donation
Parking:           available on Kenworth Road
Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and canapes will be provided, thanks to Thrifty Foods, AND there will be an opportunity to meet the performers after the concert.
Funds raised will support the work of Opera Nanaimo who is dedicated to bringing quality Opera entertainment to your community.
Open your hearts to these aspiring young performers and show your support for their future by supporting Opera Nanaimo. Help make opera once again part of Nanaimo’s rich cultural history as we revitalize the enthusiasm of our forebears for Opera in the community which began over a century ago with the construction of the Opera House on Commercial Street.
Opera Nanaimo is supported by Cultural Heritage funding from the City of Nanaimo


Winter 2016

Having successfully produced and presented the wonderful one act opera Amahl & the Night Visitors by Carl Menotti, Opera Nanaimo is looking forward to the forthcoming winter / spring season.   Keeping to the vision and mandate of ON, Amahl was cast with professional local talent for the lead roles and was fortunate to discover the impressive young boy soprano voice of Jack Mace to sing the role of Amahl.  Drawing on local talent, as well as inviting students of the Opera Workshop class at the Conservatory of Music of Nanaimo to participate made the chorus of shepherds and shepherdesses a delight to hear and watch.  Opera Nanaimo is proud that this production was so well received by audiences. 


Turning their attention to the winter / spring season the ON board is pleased to present another “JAM” afternoon of opera selections sung by local talent and partnered with a silent auction that is sure to entice people to dip into their pockets to purchase the wealth of items to be auctioned.  This is a great way for audiences to hear a little opera, enjoy a small repast and bid on donated auction items.  Watch for details coming soon. 


Opera Nanaimo  continues to pursue opportunities to bring opera to the Nanaimo community so stay tuned to be the first to know what is coming next. 


Mari Lyn Kelly

President, Opera Nanaimo Board