Wagner for Valentine’s

A free special digital performance on February 13

Wagner for Valentines


Let Vancouver Opera sweep you off your feet (and onto your couch) for a Valentine’s date night with a special digital performance of Wagner! To show our love for our supporters, you can view this performance for free by signing up to receive your private viewing link.

Wagner for Valentine’s is a double bill of two of Richard Wagner’s most beautiful chamber music works–Siegfried Idyll and the Wesendonck Lieder. This performance was recorded at the very romantic Christ Church Cathedral and features members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Mezzo-Soprano Krisztina Szabó, conducted by Maestro Leslie Dala. 

Vancouver Opera has not produced Wagner since 2001’s The Flying Dutchman so you don’t want to miss this very special performance.

Digital Premiere:

Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:30PM


45 minutes

Sung in:

German with English Subtitles

Your viewing link will be emailed to you when the performance premieres at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 13, and will remain available to you until the end of the season.

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Ms. Martha Lou Henley, C.M.

Alan and Gwendoline Pyatt Foundation

Yoshiko Karasawa


Ms. Martha Lou Henley, C.M.

About the Performance

Siegfried Idyll. Wagner composed this symphonic poem for chamber orchestra as a birthday present to his wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. It was first performed on Christmas morning, 25 December 1870 at their estate in Lucerne. Cosima awoke that morning to the opening bars of music.

Wesendonck Lieder or Five Poems for a Female Voice. Wagner set five poems by Mathilde Wesendonck while he was working on his opera Tristan und Isolde. The songs, together with the Siegfried Idyll, are the two non-operatic works by Wagner most regularly performed.


Richard Wagner
(22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) 

Richard Wagner was a German composer, theatre director, and conductor. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Wagner revolutionised opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk (“total work of art”), by which he sought to synthesise the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama. Wagner realised these ideas most fully in the first half of the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung).

The Artists

Featuring members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, conducted by Leslie Dala

Krisztina Szabó

Krisztina Szabó


Highly sought after in North America and Europe on both opera stages and concert halls, Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina has an impressive repertoire ranging from Bach to Claude Vivier as well as several world premieres, including George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love and Violence which was nominated for a Grammy award. She last appeared at Vancouver Opera as Donna Elvira in the 2014 production of Don Giovanni. Krisztina was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at the UBC School of Music.

Leslie Dala


Maestro Leslie Dala is Associate Conductor and Chorus Director of Vancouver Opera, and Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. He recently conducted Vancouver Opera productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors, Madama Butterfly, Albert Herring, The Magic Flute, and The Marriage of Figaro, as well as the world premieres of  VO-commissioned operas, Stickboy and The Overcoat – a musical tailoring.

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Our contest is now over, thank you to everyone who participated! A winner will be drawn shortly.
Contest Details

As an added present for our supporters, we’re running a contest and two lucky audience members will win one of our Valentine’s Treat Package prizes!

Sign up for the performance before 11:59PM on February 7 and you will be automatically entered in the draw.

*To be eligible to win the First Place prize, winner must be of legal drinking age
(ID of winner will be verified when picking up Mission Hill Wine Basket). 

No purchase necessary to enter. Prize winners will be drawn on Monday, February 8, 2021.

Contest Prizing



  • $100 Gift Card to Granville Island Delivery Co.

All entries will receive a discount code for $5 off purchases of $50 or more at Granville Island Delivery Co.!
(Orders with Granville Island Delivery Co. must be placed by February 10 in order to arrive by digital premiere date.)