Karina Gauvin with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra

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One of the world’s reigning sopranos in Baroque and Classical repertoire, Karina Gauvin, and Vancouver’s exciting and innovative specialists in performing “early music for modern ears,” bring you a concert entitled “Russian White Nights: Opera arias from 18th century St. Petersburg.”

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At the turn of the 18th century, Peter the Great began to drag Russia, often kicking and screaming, toward the rest of Europe. His new capital, St. Petersburg, was to be a window to the West, and to that end, Peter imported Germans, Czechs, Italians, and other nationalities in his quest to modernize his native land. He and his successors, especially Anna Ivanovna, Elizabeth, and Catherine the Great, saw the opera house as an opportunity to show off their cultural wealth as a modern European nation.

“Karina Gauvin has proved herself one of the most delightful of Baroque sopranos. Her pellucid tone is now flecked with deeper, richer colourings, and precise, nimble coloratura.” (Gramophone)

Karina Gauvin, soprano
Alexander Weimann, Music Director
Pacific Baroque Orchestra


Yevstigney Ipat’yevich Fomin: Overture (Allegro) from The Coachmen at the Relay Station

Dmitri Stepanovich Bortniansky: from Alcide
“Mi sorprende”
“In qual mar”
“Dei clementi”

Domenico Dall’Oglio: Sinfonia Cossaca

I.     Allegro
II.    Andante
III.   Allegro

Johann Adolph Hasse: Sinfonia from La clemenza di Tito

Maxim Sozontovich Berezovsky: from Demofoonte
“Misero pargoletto”
Violin Sonata in C Major (Grave)
“Mentre il cor”


Dmitri Stepanovich Bortniansky: from Le Faucon
Ouverture (Allegro spiritoso)
Air d’Elvire: “Ne parlez pas”

Giovanni Paisiello: Divertimento
VI.     Largo
IV.     Amabile
V.      Allegretto

Christoph Willibald Gluck: from Armide
“Enfin, il est en ma puissance”
“Ah! Si la liberté”
“O ciel! Quelle horrible menace”
“Le perfid Renaud me fuit”

Date(s) - 01/11/2019
8:00 pm

Koerner Hall

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