Pride in Art is applying for funding for Canada's first lesbian opera: When the Sun Comes Out, by Leslie Uyeda and Rachel Rose. Directed by Robert McQueen, of the Vancouver Opera's acclaimed First Nations Magic Flute, this chamber opera stars soprano Teiya Kasahara, starring as Queen of the Night in the Vancouver Opera's upcoming Magic Flute remount, mezzo-soprano Shirin Eskandani, and baritone Joel Klein. Commissioned through the Canada Council and the BC Arts Council, the opera received a first workshop at QAF 2012, receiving a sold-out house and a standing ovation. The artists have outdone themselves, and created an exceptional work that is passionate, moving, troubling and thought-provoking, aligned perfectly with both the social and the artistic facets of our mandate.
We ask the Vancouver Foundation to help fund the second stage of workshopping, the fully staged premiere at QAF 2013. With the help of our partners, we are planning significant community outreach programs through public discussions and an online memory project to raise awareness about homophobia around the world.