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Mozart in Teplice: UBC Opera Ensemble’s Journey to the Czech Republic

Mozart in Teplice: UBC Opera Ensemble’s Journey to the Czech Republic

Opera is a truly European art form; its origins are strongly rooted in European history, language and culture. That is why the UBC Opera Ensemble has produced at least one fully staged opera every summer in the Czech Republic. Intimate theatres, world-class musicians, captivated audiences - there are many reasons for a young singer to make the pilgrimage to Europe. The quaint spa town of Teplice has become accustomed to the yearly influx of eager singers looking to immerse themselves in Czech culture.

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5 Reasons to Love Opera & Arias

5 Reasons to Love Opera & Arias

Whether you’re a first-time opera-goer or a true aficionado, Opera & Arias at Bard on the Beach is the perfect opportunity to take in beautiful surroundings and beautiful music in one delicious experience. This year the UBC Opera Ensemble, led by Nancy Hermiston, and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, under Maestro Leslie Dala, will be presenting Mozart's most famous opera, The Magic Flute (sung in German).

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Green Spaces

Green Spaces

One of the best parts of Bard on the Beach is its physical location. The picturesque view — captured as the stunning backdrop to the BMO Mainstage set — makes the Festival unique. But this beauty is only part of the landscape. For the last four years it's been enhanced by on-site greenery, maintained by Jennifer Gaze and her Green Team

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4 Ways to Celebrate Shakespeare

4 Ways to Celebrate Shakespeare

You've no doubt heard that this year is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s passing on April 23, 1616. His legacy and the timeless quality of his works is being celebrated around the world, and so of course it’s a special year for us at Bard. Read on for some of our favourite ways to honour William Shakespeare - this Saturday and always…

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Sharing Shakespeare through Bard Education

Sharing Shakespeare through Bard Education

This year for Giving Tuesday, Bard on the Beach has decided to raise funds for the Bard Education Bursary Fund. Director of Education, Mary Hartman, shared her thoughts on the importance of arts education and the relevance of Shakespeare even in a modern age. Read on for more…

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Donor Stories: Dedicating a Chair

Donor Stories: Dedicating a Chair

Our patrons support Bard on the Beach in many different ways - from buying tickets, to volunteering, to becoming a Member. We are grateful that so many have made Bard a part of their lives.  A tangible way of supporting Bard is to dedicate a chair in one of our theatres, affixed with a plaque engraved with a special message on the selected chair.  Patrons choose to dedicate their chairs for many reasons - remembering a loved one, celebrating an anniversary or honouring a specific person.

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Alison Knight talks Riotous Youth and Coming Home

Alison Knight talks Riotous Youth and Coming Home

This year marks my 10th season with Bard on the Beach education programs. I did my first Young Shakespeareans Workshop in 2005 when I was 12, taught by Andrew Wheeler. We performed Romeo and Juliet and I played the Nurse. I participated in 10 workshops over the next six years, until I aged out of the program.

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Top 3 Reasons for Bard in September!

Top 3 Reasons for Bard in September!

The September long weekend has passed, but at Bard on the Beach, we're still going strong. If you've missed some of our plays, or want to revisit a favourite, now is the time to act. The clock is ticking towards our last performances...

Here are three reasons why September is perfect for a trip to Bard:

Our four plays have been maturing all summer and are now at their peak - and even if you've seen them once, now is the time to come and savour them again!

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Spotlight: Ben Elliott

Spotlight: Ben Elliott

Ben Elliott is a man of many talents. Not only has he acted with us for five seasons, but once again, he has taken on the role of Musical Director - this time for Daryl Cloran's adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost.

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Get to Know BuenoStyle

Get to Know BuenoStyle

If you’ve visited us in Vanier Park before, you know that the Bard Boutique in the Village is home to a collection of unique items – Shakespearean themed and not – including beautiful handmade jewellery from local designers. New to the Bard Boutique this year is a line of jewellery from BuenoStyle.

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Spotlight: Nathan Schmidt

Spotlight: Nathan Schmidt

If you're a fan of Shakespeare, you won't want to miss this season's production of King Lear. As a co-production with Theatre Calgary, the Company is comprised of the best of the best from Vancouver, Calgary and beyond. While you'll likely recognize Bard favourites such as Colleen Wheeler and Jennifer Lines, there are some new faces on the BMO Mainstage, including Nathan Schmidt.

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Spotlight: Josh Epstein

Spotlight: Josh Epstein

This season we're lucky to have a fantastic Company of actors, both returning and new. Bard is a unique experience for any actor, as both casts perform two shows at the same time - not to mention it all happens to be outside in a tent!

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