The Music Shop

Richard Wargo


In this brilliant comedy, a meek husband desperately searches a music shop for a song requested by his wife. But if only he could remember the title or the tune of the song! His Wagnerian wife appears in a series of hilarious hallucinations during his mad scramble through the ill-fated music shop.

A Canadian premiere. Performed and directed by the Vancouver Opera
Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program participants.

Digital Premiere:

Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:30PM, PST


45 minutes

Sung in:

English with English Subtitles





Ms. Martha Lou Henley, C.M.

Alan and Gwendoline Pyatt Foundation

Yoshiko Karasawa


Signe Jurcic


Mike & Kathy Gallagher


The Vancouver Opera Guild


A mild-mannered man comes to the music shop on an urgent mission–to purchase music for a song that his wife has been requested to sing at the wedding of the prince. Unfortunately, he cannot remember the title or the tune. What ensues are hallucinations of the rage of his Wagnerian soprano wife, his own unhappy fate when he returns empty-handed and a mad scramble through the entire stock of ‘the largest collection of music in all of Russia’ in a desperate attempt to recognise the requested melody in the ill-fated music shop.


Music and Libretto by Richard Wargo
From A Chekhov Trilogy

Richard Wargo is a native of Scranton, PA and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. His opera Ballymore, based on Brian Friel’s play “Lovers”, was premiered in 1999 while he was serving as composer-in-residence at Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee and was recorded for PBS. Wargo’s A Chekhov Trilogy consisting of three one-act operas was premiered by Chautauqua Opera in 1993 and since then has received numerous performances, including a recent production of the Trilogy’s third segment “The Music Shop” at Juilliard, conducted by Maestro Osgood. Wargo serves as Artistic Director of the Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing on Lake George, NY.

Cast & Creative

Featuring the 2020–2021 Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists


TD Bank


Dr. George Luciuk

Alan and Gwendoline Pyatt Foundation

Patricia Charles

The Edwina and Paul Heller Memorial Fund

       Held at the Vancouver Foundation

Moh Faris & Family

Jonelle Sills

Yulanda M. Faris Young
Artists Program Participant

Amanda Weatherall

“The Wife”
Yulanda M. Faris Young
Artists Program Participant

Ian Cleary

Yulanda M. Faris Young
Artists Program Participant

Luka Kawabata

Yulanda M. Faris Young
Artists Program Participant

Amy Seulky Lee

Amy Seulky Lee

Yulanda M. Faris Young
Artists Program Participant

Dana Fradkin

Stage Director
Yulanda M. Faris Young
Artists Program Participant

House Programme

The Music Shop

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Meet the Cast and Characters of The Music Shop

The cast of The Music Shop is here to introduce you to this delightful comedy and its characters.
You’ll meet a music shop owner, a shopkeeper, a forgetful husband, and his opera singer wife.

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Meet Director Dana Fradkin

Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program member and stage director Dana Fradkin leads you through what to expect from Richard Wargo’s The Music Shop.

Dana discusses the relevance of the work, slapstick comedy, as well as the similarities and differences between theatre, film, and opera.

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Highlights from the Music with Pianist Amy Seulky Lee

Listen to some of the musical highlights from this opera in this video with Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program member Amy Seulky Lee, Pianist of The Music Shop.

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Preshow Podcast with Richard Wargo

Listen to the Pre-Show Talk

Vancouver Opera Offstage host Les Dala talks with composer & librettist Richard Wargo in this podcast, about Richard’s process and his inspirations in creating The Music Shop.

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