The Young People's Opera Society of BC was created in 2005 after several singing students complained that there were no opportunities for young people to sing and perform opera. Founder Patricia Dahlquist took on starting the society, gathering a strong and well-connected board, establishing provincial non-profit status and writing an opera for youth. Thus YPOSBC and The King Who Wouldn't Sing were born. read more
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Young People's Opera Society of BC
The Young People's Opera Society of BC (YPOSBC) is a Registered Charity, founded by Patricia Dahlquist in 2005. Since the society entered its second decade in 2015, significant progress has continued under the guidance of the new Artistic Director, Dolores Scott. YPOSBC offers affordable opportunities for youth (both young in age and young at heart) to learn about, participate in, and sing opera at a community level. With weekly rehearsals and several performances a year, the YPOSBC program incorporates singing, dancing and acting as well as learning various aspects of stagecraft and offering positions in production.
YPOSBC has worked with hundreds of singers from age 8 to 80, engaged many musicians, enrolled eager parents, and delighted thousands of audience members, young and old alike. Society members have gone on to study and perform in major cities across Canada and the U.S., including Victoria, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Oklahoma.Read More
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The YPOSBC program runs year-round, with reduced activity over the summer months and Christmas holidays. Rehearsals are led by a team of highly qualified music educators, including three vocal coaches and a professional accompanist. The production team is made up of the artistic director, stage director, stage manager and assistant stage manager, all mentored and supported by the production manager. Dance and stage fight choreographers are hired as needed. read more
Since 2017, YPOS singers have donated their time and talents to the Little Black Dress Gala, an annual event put on by Help Change My City, a Vancouver-based charity that provides mentorship to troubled and underprivileged youth. This video doesn't identify YPOSBC specifically but two YPOS singers, Markus Ferrari and Brenna Goodwin-McCabe, are featured in it. YPOS singers at the 2018 event were Carmen Faivre-Duboz and Eryka Alanna. The 2019 gala was held on November 8. watch video
In these days of Covid pandemic restrictions YPOSBC is keeping calm and singing on! We continue to rehearse online and in person according to latest Health BC Guidelines and have continued to present virtual concerts throughout the season. Be sure to check out our Video section for all these latest releases.
Be on stage singing and acting! YPOSBC gives performance opportunities to singers of all ages on stage, in recording and in virtual concerts. For Audition Requirements, please download and read our 2021-2022 Audition Notice. Download
Travel the globe and explore Christmas in different countries through music, poetry and an internationally themed Christmas market this year. Even though the pandemic has made travelling difficult, we can still share glad tidings and good will to places afar when we take in this beautiful event! December 3-5, 2021. More information coming soon!
Past | Performances
YPOSBC has been entertaining audiences since 2005. Here are a few of the shows bills along with performance photos.
Watch our videos
Videos from YPOSBC's latest productions. YPOSBC Box of Chocolates (virtual), YPOSBC Chistmas at Home (virtual) and YPOSBC Gratefulness Concert (virtual). Please also check out our YouTube Channel where you will find more great videos and past productions from YPOSBC.