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Coquitlam opera singer in the Okanagan

Coquitlam resident Barbara Towell will appear in The Lake/n-ha-a-itk from Aug. 15 to 17  - PHOTO SUBMITTED
Coquitlam resident Barbara Towell will appear in The Lake/n-ha-a-itk from Aug. 15 to 17
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A Coquitlam mezzo-soprano will take on the role of Marie in the world premiere of a chamber opera being staged at an Okanagan winery next month.

Barbara Towell will appear in The Lake/n-ha-a-itk from Aug. 15 to 17 at Quail's Gate Winery in West Kelowna.

Composed more than 60 years ago by Barbara Pentland with the libretto by poet Dorothy Livesay, The Lake tells the true tale of Susan Allison and her vision of the Ogopogo in 1873. Allison viewed the mythological snake from her home — the same building in which Quail's Gate operates today.

A UBC master's graduate, Towell has worked with the Vancouver Opera and the Vancouver Bach Choir.

 

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