The DREAM HEALER
A New Opera in Two Acts
Music by Lloyd Burritt
Original Adaptation and Libretto by Christopher Allan
Revised Libretto and Additional Material by Don Mowatt
Based on the book PILGRIM by Timothy Findley
WORLD PREMIERE presented by
March 2, 3pm
and 4, 6, 8, 2008 8pm
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
The UBC Opera Ensemble
On the occasion of UBC`s Centenary
Judith Forst, mezzo-soprano, as Lady Sybil
John Avey, baritone, as Carl Jung
Roelof Oostwoud, tenor, as Pilgrim
UBC Opera Ensemble
UBC Symphony Orchestra
David Agler, conductor
Nancy Hermiston, director
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Story The opera is based on Timothy Findley’s PILGRIM and focuses on
Carl Jung at the Burghőlzli Clinic in Zűrich. Early in the opera, Pilgrim’s friend, Lady Sibyl, asks Jung about
disintegration of the psyche as a symptom of schizophrenia and whether reintegration of the fragments
is possible. Replies Jung, “Sometimes we have to accept that things break into pieces.” “And then…?”
she asks. “‘And then'” becomes a journey to integrate the real with the unreal, the supposed with the
unimaginable, so that new understandings of the human condition are possible.
Music The music is melodic and lyrical, approachable, rich and complex.
“The music has a delicate, impressionistic perfume to it – mysterious, with a hint of poison in the air …
and, emerging from the swirl like a shining dagger, [Emma’s aria Orchard] an aria of spectacular beauty.”
Max Wyman, critic.
Symposium The Department of Psychiatry and the UBC Institute of Mental
Health are presenting three lectures during the premiere week. March 3rd, Dr. Wulf Rössler, current
director of the Burghölzli Clinic, Zűrich, will speak on the stigma of mental illness. March 5th, Dr. Thomas
Kirsch will address “C.G. Jung: The man and the myth”. March 7th, “Compassionate approaches to the
challenges of mental ill health” includes presentations by UBC Professor Allan Young, Mr. Bill Wilkerson,
Co-Chair, Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health, and Ms Margaret
Trudeau, celebrated Canadian and mental health advocate.
DON’T MISS IT! Be there for the world premiere!
CREATIVE TEAM AND ARTISTS
Composer Lloyd Burritt is a graduate of UBC in music composition and a student of Jean Coulthard. He is an
Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and has composed in a wide variety of musical idioms, producing
electronic music and numerous choral works as well as major orchestral works. His works have been performed by
eminent orchestras in North America and Europe and by major ensembles in Canada, the USA, Great Britain, and
Sweden. Vancouver born, Burritt enjoyed a lengthy career teaching secondary-school music and theatre in North
Vancouver where he became recognized for his ability to create artistic projects that engaged and created community.
Librettist Don Mowatt was born in Montreal and is a graduate of both the University of Victoria and UBC. For thirty
four years Don was a documentary, drama and music producer for CBC Radio, winning over fifteen international awards
including two Peabody medals in New York. For nine years he was on the Faculty of Creative Writing and Theatre at the
University of BC. He has also written plays and stage works for a number of professional companies and for the CBC and
is currently co-artistic director of Western Gold Theatre, founded in 1994 by veteran actress Joy Coghill. THE DREAM
HEALER is his third opera libretto.
Nancy Hermiston will direct the premiere. A Canadian-born lyric coloratura, in 1995 Nancy joined the UBC School
of Music as Head of the Voice and Opera Divisions, where she established the UBC Opera Ensemble. Recent directing
credits include Die Zauberflöte and Manon at UBC, Rossini’s La Cenerentola for Opera Saskatchewan, Verdi’s La Traviata
and J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus for Vancouver Opera as well as La Bohème and Cosi fan tutte for Usti nad Labem in the
Mezzo-soprano Judith Forst, OC, has been engaged to perform the role of Lady Sybil. Vancouver-born and resident,
she is a UBC graduate. Judith continues to appear in significant roles with opera companies in major North American and
European cities (New York, Chicago, Prague and Milan) and to make recordings for the CBC label. She not only has brilliant
technique, with a voice of wide range and gorgeous, even tone, but also a rare dramatic sense that makes her a
commanding figure in opera.
Baritone John Avey will perform the role of Carl Jung. John has become known for his powerful rich baritone and his
commanding presence on-stage. He debuted at The Met as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and has sung roles for the New
York City Opera, the Arizona Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. He has also sung with the Canadian Opera Company
and most of Canada’s opera companies including the Vancouver Opera.
Tenor Roelof Oostwoud will sing the role of Pilgrim. Roelof began his career with the Canadian Opera Company and
followed it with engagements in San Francisco, Boston and at the Tanglewood Festival. He has appeared with Covent
Garden, La Scala, and Deutsche Staatsoper and has sung under conductors Maazel, Bonynge, Ashkenazy, Thielemann,
Conlon, and Santi. Since 2003 Roelof has taught voice at the UBC School of Music, dividing his time between Vancouver and
Conductor David Agler is also a Vancouver resident with an international career. Currently Artistic Director of the
Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland, David has previously served as Music Director of the Vancouver Opera, Principal
Conductor of the Australian Opera, Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Opera, Principal Guest Conductor of the Oper
der Stadt Köln, Conductor and Administrator of the Spoleto Festival, and Artistic Director of the Opera Festival of New
The DREAM HEALER – an opera based on PILGRIM by Timothy Findley March 2, 4, 6, & 8 The Chan