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BERLIN: The Last Cabaret

Showing on Jan 23–26

Playing at Performance Works

Sebastian Droste in a still from the movie, "The Way"
Photo: ©Francis Bruguière

City Opera Vancouver (Canada) In Association with Sound The Alarm: Music/Theatre


Please note: Advance tickets for BERLIN: The Last Cabaret are SOLD OUT. Some tickets may be released at the venue prior to each performance. The box office opens at Performance Works 1 hour prior to curtain time.

This political cabaret celebrates the subversive power of art and offers a warning to those who would take freedom for granted. 1934: As Nazism tightens its grip on Germany, a satirical cabaret troupe faces physical danger and a moral crisis. Members have disappeared under suspicious circumstances; the five that remain have to decide whether to bend to intimidation or perform their work uncensored. With death looming in the air, the risks couldn’t be higher—and yet the desperate need for expression is still there…

The Weimar era (1918-1933) was a time of cultural ferment in Germany. Steps were taken toward sexual freedom and progressive reform, and there was a spirit of liberation and innovation in the arts. Much of this was connected to the cabaret scene, and in this show, City Opera Vancouver pays loving homage: with five singers and a band, the group takes us back to a time when liberation came in conflict with fascism.

Artist Bio

City Opera Vancouver (Canada)

Founded in 2006, City Opera Vancouver is wide-ranging and adventurous in its practice; from recitals to concerts to theatrical productions, it brings the art form to new audiences every year. The group performs opera from each period of its existence, going all the way back to its beginnings in the 1600s, and it also commissions works from Canadian composers.


Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver


January 23–25
January 26
Post-Show Talkbacks: Jan 23-25
95 mins, no intermission



Single tickets $44.50
Advance tickets are SOLD OUT. Some tickets may be released at the venue prior to each performance. The box office opens at Performance Works 1 hour prior to curtain time.

PuSh Pass Tickets are SOLD OUT.


Content Note: Includes smoke/haze and flashing lights.


ACTOR, SOPRANO Julia Munčs ACTOR, MEZZO Meaghan Chenosky ACTOR, TENOR Alen Dominguez ACTOR, TENOR Brent Hirose ACTOR, BARITONE Dan Deorksen STAGE DIRECTOR Alan Corbishley MUSIC DIRECTOR Charles Barber DRAMATURGE Joanna Garfinkel MUSIC ARRANGER, COACH, PIANIST Roger Parton LIGHTING AND SET DESIGN John Webber COSTUME DESIGN Christopher David Gauthier CHOREOGRAPHER Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg PRODUCTION MANAGER Jayson McLean STAGE MANAGER Melanie Thompson COMPANY MANAGER Trudy Chalmers

SUPPORTED BY Canada Council, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver Cultural Services, Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation, Edwina and Paul Heller Memorial Fund, Edith Lando Charitable Foundation, McLean Foundation, City Opera Vancouver Production Fund, Hamber Foundation, City Opera individual donors