Full-scale opera was first performed in Victoria in 1877 and Vancouver in 1891. Joan Sutherland made her North American operatic debut in Vancouver in 1958. Rosemary Cunningham's Bravo! The History of Opera in British Columbia (Harbour $39.95) is the first-ever history of its kind, including more than 100 photos. Born in New Westminster in 1928, Cunningham is a retired librarian and a long-time fan of Pacific Opera Victoria and the Vancouver Opera. She received a BA (UBC) in 1972 and her MLS (UBC) in 1974. The book includes an appendix for all Vancouver productions from 1960 to the present; and all Victoria productions from 1980 to the present. 978-1-55017-486-1

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
BravO! The History of Opera in British Columbia

[Photo by Yukiko Onley]