Love, Music and Fantasy

French Ballet and Opera Suites

Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 8 pm

St John the Divine
1611 Quadra Street, Victoria

Directed by Marco Vitale.

The highly-accomplished Italian harpsichordist, Marco Vitale directs his Victoria Baroque debut in a programme of striking orchestral music from the 18th century Paris Opera.

Dance and opera went hand-in-hand in the Baroque Era, and opera scores included an abundance of vibrant instrumental music that set the atmosphere for each act and accompanied the colourful dance scenes.

This captivating programme celebrates the riveting dance rhythms, compelling melodies, and flamboyant orchestral textures written by some of the most celebrated ballet and opera composers of their time: Rameau, Marais, and Rebel.


Marco Vitale – harpsichord/director
Christi Meyers – violin
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith – violin
Tyson Doknjas – violin
Rebecca Ruthven – violin
Paul Luchkow, violin/viola
Kathryn Wiebe – violin/viola
Caroline Nicolas – cello
Natalie Mackie – violone
Soile Stratkauskas – flute
Mikyla Jensen – flute
Katrina Russell – bassoon


Jean-Philippe Rameau: Overture Suite from Les Indes Galantes
Jean-Fery Rebel: Fantasie
Marin Marais: Overture Suite from Alcione

Tickets Can Be Purchased Through

General admission: $32

Youth/Student admission: $17

Victoria Baroque COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Victoria Baroque requests that all patrons wear masks while in the performance venue.

Accessible Seating

St. John’s is wheelchair accessible through the Garden doors on the north side of the church. Accessible seating can be arranged by emailing before noon on Friday, April 22.