New company mounts rare Mozart opera

Jacqueline Ko is Madame Herz and Robin Eder-Warren is Mademoiselle Silberklang in  ‘The Impresario.’  - Kathryn Nickford photo
Jacqueline Ko is Madame Herz and Robin Eder-Warren is Mademoiselle Silberklang in ‘The Impresario.’
— image credit: Kathryn Nickford photo

Richmond opera singer Robin Eder-Warren will be on stage Nov. 16 and 17 to help revive one of opera’s forgotten treasures.

Opera Mariposa, a new opera company for local and emerging performers, will launch its first season by presenting Mozart’s rarely staged opera The Impresario at Marpole United Church.

The cast of young artists includes 21-year-old Eder-Warren and fellow soprano Jacqueline Ko.

The Impresario follows the trials and tribulations of an opera director struggling to stage a show. Performers will sing in German, but dialogue will be in English and subtitles are offered.

Also performing: tenor Sergio Augusto Flores, baritone William Liu and actor Kazz Leskard.

The performance will be preceded by a short concert of opera favourites from works like Don Giovanni and La Bohème.

Eder-Warren is also managing director of the fledgling Opera Mariposa company. She said premiering with a lesser-known opera was deliberate.

“Many companies choose to stage the most popular and familiar shows, but we really want to showcase the diversity of the operatic genre,” she said in an e-mail. “Since our mission is to create unique performance opportunities for local singers, we decided to find an amazing but little-known work and give both performers and audiences a chance to appreciate it.”

Eder-Warren began developing her soprano voice a decade ago. After graduating high school, she studied opera at University of Manitoba and later honed her craft in Europe. Her company aims to create performance opportunities for emerging artists in need of experience.

“In the Lower Mainland that’s not the easiest thing to do, so we’re very very glad that we’re able to create a couple more [opportunities] through Opera Mariposa,” she said in an earlier interview with The Richmond Review.

The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. at Marpole United Church, 1296 West 67 Ave. in Vancouver. Tickets, $18 to $24, available at operamariposa.com, 778-918-9498 or at the door.

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