My wife and I enjoy visiting the Parksville Qualicum Beach area several times each year since we bought our vacation property at The Beach Club when it opened.
We live in Vancouver where we have enjoyed the Vancouver Opera for many years. Even though I had been aware that the Vancouver Island Opera Company existed, I had not interrupted our vacations to attend until one recent Sunday. My wife and her visiting sister had plans that left me free and since the weather was “iffy” I thought an afternoon of music would be enjoyable. What an understatement.
I was fully expecting a charming but woefully amateurish production. What a surprise. The organization is to be commended for the efforts it has made to nourish the area’s need for cultural enrichment. Every aspect was beyond my expectations, from the principal singers to the chorus, from the musicians to the stage crafting and the surprise of surtitles perfected the whole experience. Add to this the comfortable seating and generous legroom, one could have no complaints.
Congratulations. I will not miss another of your programs.