Leslie Dala


Leslie Dala is the Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Associate Conductor and Chorus Director with Vancouver Opera and the Music Director of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. Last year, he stepped down as Music Director of the Prince George Symphony, which he led for eight years and was the longest serving conductor in the organization’s 40 year history. A member of the Vancouver Opera music staff since 1996, he recently conducted their production of La Boheme, in addition toWest Side Story, Rigoletto and The Threepenny Opera, and he has assisted on over 50 mainstage productions and has adapted numerous works for the VOIS program. Later this season, he will conduct Pacific Opera Victoria’s production of Britten’s Albert Herring in February 2013 and Vancouver Opera’s production of The Magic Flute in March 2013.

Leslie has been a member of the music staff at L’Opera National du Rhin, the Santa Fe Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, the Banff Centre and he has been a frequent guest conductor with the UBC Opera Ensemble. Recent performances with the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Symphony include Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust and this December the VBC will present the Canadian premiere of John Adams Nativity Oratorio, El Nino. This past summer, Leslie conducted the Opening Night Gala for MusicFest Vancouver as well as Puccini’s Suor Angelica for the COSI program in Sulmona, Italy. Next spring he will travel to China on tour with Soundstreams, Canada and to the Czech Republic with the UBC Opera Ensemble for performances of Carmen.


When do tickets go on sale for The Nutcracker?

Tickets usually go on sale in the late Summer each year for the following December. You can check the homepage of this website to check if they are currently on sale.

Are there discounted tickets for Seniors, Children, Students or large groups?

There are discounted tickets for Seniors (65 years and up) and Children (0-12 years old) available on the Ticketmaster.ca site. Group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more, please contact us via Nutcracker@GohBallet.com for details.

What is the policy on late seating?

Show policy is latecomers will not be seated until Intermission. Exceptions will be considered in cases of inclement weather, parking issues and/or box office delays. Please try your best to be on time.

Can a small child sit on my lap during the performance?

For fire and building safety reasons the theatre does not allow children in laps, and each person in the theatre must have a ticket. We recommend the show for children 3 years old and up.

I am bringing a child to the ballet and I am afraid that they will have trouble seeing over people’s heads. Is there anything that I can do?

Yes – Booster cushions are available at the theatre for free to help children view the ballet without obstruction.

What should I wear?

Although there is no dress code, it is recommended that you dress out of respect for the dancers. Most patrons wear “business attire” (men: coat and tie, women: dresses or dress pants) or “dressy casual”.

Does the theatre have an elevator?

Yes — the theatre has an elevator and ushers are happy to assist you in finding your section and seats.

Is handicap-accessible seating available?

Yes. There is handicap and wheelchair accessible seating at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre. For more information contact Ticketmaster 1.855.985.5000 for more information and to purchase your tickets.

Right from the curtain rising through the following two hours of the outstanding production, surprise and delight followed one after another.