Music Director

“As a music director, I create the structure or scaffolding that holds music, story and visuals together. It’s a structure that’s both strong and flexible, allowing the performers the freedom to fly. I call it earthquake-proof music.” – Marguerite Witvoet

Marguerite Witvoet

2022

Black Horse

Script and Songs by Linz Kenyon
Choral Music by Marguerite Witvoet
Directed by Estelle Shook
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Caravan Farm Theatre, Armstrong, BC

2021

Joyride

Script by Estelle Shook
Adapted from “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern
Composition/Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Caravan Farm Theatre, Armstrong, BC

2020

The Doll’s House Project

Play by Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by Ingmar Bergman
Directed by Laara Sadiq
Composition/Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Studio 58, Langara College, Vancouver, BC

2019

The Coyotes

Script by Peter Anderson
Music by John Millard
Direction by Estelle Shook
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Caravan Farm Theatre, Armstrong, BC

2017/2018

Onegin (Western tour)

Script and direction by Amiel Gladstone
Music and music direction by Veda Hille
Tour music direction by Marguerite Witvoet and Chris Tsujiuchi
Produced by the Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver, BC

2017

Th’Owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish

Script by Joseph Dandurand
Composition/Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Directed by Chris McGregor
Produced by Axis Theatre, Vancouver, BC

2015

White Wines, Radio Play in 3 Acts

Text by Gertrude Stein
Music by Dorothy Chang
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Adam Frank as part of Radio Free Stein

2014

Do You Want What I Have Got: A Craigslist Cantata

Music by Veda Hille
Words by Bill Richardson
Directed by Amiel Gladstone
Tour Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Acting Up Stage Company at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa

The Good Person of Setzuan

Words by Bertolt Brecht
Translation by Tony Kushner
With new songs by Marguerite Witvoet
Directed by Stuart Aikins
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Exit 22 at Capilano University

2013

War, Love & Loss

Concert with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra & Pacific Baroque Orchestra
Music by Mark Armanini, Moshe Denburg, Christina Oorebeek + Farshid Samandari
Conducted by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by VICO at the 2013 Chutzpah! Festival (Vancouver)

Vancouver New Music Opera Retrospective

Concert performance of excerpts from four operas in VNM’s history: The Star Catalogues by Owen Underhill, Elsewhereless by Rodney Sharman, The Gang & 120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade by Peter Hannan.
Narrated by James Fagan Tait
Conducted by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Vancouver New Music at their 40th Anniversary Festival (Vancouver)

2012

Alaska Leavin’ (The Musical)

Book and Lyrics by Michael Golden
Music by Michael Golden
Musical Arrangements by Marguerite Witvoet
Directed by Michael Golden and Sara Judge
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Yeti Boy Productions (San Francisco)

Pierrot Lunaire

Music by Arnold Schoenberg
Poems by Albert Giraud (transl. by Otto Erich Hartleben)
Conducted by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Music on Main (Vancouver)

Hover

Workshop production of a one-act opera
Words by Lindsay Cuff
Music by Benton Roark
Directed by Richard Wolfe
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet

Little Apples

Workshop production of a one-act opera
Words by Alex Ferguson
Music by James Beckwith Maxwell
Directed by Mallory Catlett
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet

2011

Shadow Catch (a new chamber opera)

Words by Daphne Marlatt
Music by Dorothy Chang, Benton Roark, Jennifer Butler + Farshid Samandari
Directed by Colleen Lanki
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Vancouver Pro Musica (Vancouver)

2009

We Were Here

Words by Shane Koyczan
Music by Jordan Nobles
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by The Cultch (Vancouver)

2004

Powers of Two

by Barry Truax
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Directed by Kate Hutchinson
Produced by Modern Baroque Opera Company (Vancouver)

2003

Ino

by Georg Phillip Telemann + Karl Wilhelm Ramler
Directed by Kate Hutchinson
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet and Mark Destrubé
Produced by Modern Baroque Opera Company (Vancouver)

Asylum of the Universe

Book by Camyar Chai
Lyrics and Music by Camyar Chai, James Fagan Tait, and Marguerite Witvoet
Directed by Glynis Leyshon
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Co-produced by the Vancouver Playhouse and NeWorld Theatre (Vancouver)

The Garden

by Baldassare Galuppo + Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Kate Hutchinson Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Modern Baroque Opera Company (Vancouver)

The Diana Cantata

by Peter Hannan + Peter Hinton
Directed by Kate Hutchinson + Peter Hinton
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet and Mark Destrubé
Produced by Modern Baroque Opera Company (Vancouver)

2002

120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade

by Peter Hannan + Peter Hinton
Directed by Kate Hutchinson + Peter Hinton
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet + Mark Destrubé
Co-produced by Modern Baroque Opera Company and Vancouver New Music (Vancouver)

2001

Sleepyhead

by James Beckwith Maxwell
Directed by Mallory Catlett
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Co-produced by SFU and Standing Wave (Vancouver)

2000

The Child, The Book and the Broomstick

by Mark Morris + Mervyn Burtch
Directed by Kate Hutchinson
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Modern Baroque Opera Company (Vancouver)

1998

Scipione

by G.F. Handel + Paolo Antonio Rolli
Directed by Kate Hutchinson
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet + Simon Capet
Produced by Modern Baroque Opera Company (Vancouver)

1997

The Gang

by Peter Hannan + Tom Cone
Directed by Peter Hinton
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Vancouver New Music (Vancouver)

1996

Still Moon on Fire

by Alison McAlpine + Wende Bartley
Directed by Peter Lichtenfels
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Solun Theatre (Toronto)

Cabaret Aperghis

Music by George Aperghis
Directed by Graham Cozzubbo
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff)

1994

Récitations pour voix seule

by Georges Aperghis
Directed by Paul Lampert
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Shaw Festival Academy (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

The Star Catalogues

by Owen Underhill + Mark Diamond
Directed by Mark Diamond, Penelope Stella + Richard Armstrong
Music Direction by Owen Underhill
Assistant Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Vancouver New Music (Vancouver)

1993

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

by Michael Nyman + Christopher Rawlence
Directed by Morris Panych Music
Direction by John Hess
Assistant Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff)

Unrequited Pine

by Bruce Nicol + Richard Sanger
Directed by Graham Cozzubbo
Music Direction by Marguerite Witvoet
Produced by Zebra Shvungk (Toronto)

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