Tom Durrie

Tom Durrie has a BA in music history and an M.Mus. in opera production and direction. He has directed operas, plays and musical comedy. He served as artistic director of the Hornby Festival on Hornby Island, and, more recently, was manager of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. As a founder of City Opera Vancouver, he was host and commentator for dozens of popular concerts presented by the company.

One of the founders of Vancouver Opera in Schools (VOIS), Tom served as program creator, translator and narrator for many years. A charter member of the B.C. Arts Council, he has sat on juries for both the Canada Council and the B.C. Arts Council. From 2006 to 2008, he led the successful campaign to save the York Theatre.  

A proponent of social change through music, he was chair of the Saint James Music Academy, an El Sistema inspired music school serving children in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Tom teaches music in the elementary school in the small community where he now lives.

Previously taught:

  • British Opera from 1688 to 2011 (55+)   SCFC843
  • Caruso and Friends: Early 20th-Century Opera Recordings (55+)   SCFC903
  • Gilbert and Sullivan and the Savoy Operas (55+)   SCFC839
  • Hidden Treasures from the World of Opera (55+)   PLUS243
  • Opera Since 1900: Love, Death and Violence (55+)   SCFC823
  • Opera and Revolution: 1789–1850 (55+)   SCFC906
  • Puccini: Popular Operatic Genius (55+)   SCFC948
  • Richard Wagner and The Ring of the Nibelung (55+)   PLUS169
  • Saturday Forum | Back to School: School vs. Education  
  • Seldom Heard Operatic Masterworks (55+)   SCFC884
  • Viva Verdi!: Celebrating the Art of Giuseppe Verdi (55+)   SCFC767
  • Words and Music: The Opera and the Libretto (55+)   PLUS103

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