Integrating music with theatrical elements and audience interactivity

Specializing in the performance of small-scale, musico-dramatic works, Players & Singers is a Vancouver-based company that presents productions ranging from operatic favourites to obscure masterworks. Integrating music with theatrical elements and audience interactivity, the company mounts all of their innovative performances in the intimate setting of Hycroft Manor’s elegant Edwardian ballroom.

Players & Singers was founded in 2017 by Kevin Zakresky, conductor of the National Geographic Symphony For Our World and past conductor of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, and Pacifica Singers.

2019/20 Season

In the Court of Versailles

In the Court of Versailles

Oct 26, 2019, 3pm & 8pm
The Ballroom at Hycroft

Handel's Water Musick

Handel's Water Musick

Feb 15, 2020, 3pm & 8pm
The Ballroom at Hycroft

Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury

Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury

May 10, 2020, 3pm & 8pm
The Ballroom at Hycroft



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The Little Sweep

Set in Victorian England, Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep tells the story of a poor boy who is forced to work as a sweep and finds himself getting stuck in the chimney of a grand mansion. Fortunately for him, there are children in the house who come to his aid. Complete with interactive scenes and […]

The Silver Swan

For 17th-Century England the Madrigal was all the rage. This style of 4- or 5-part vocal music, imported from Italy in the volume Musica Transalpina, became so popular in Britain that they started to write some in their own language. Featuring works by Weelkes, Gibbons, Wilbye, Morley and more.

Dido & Aeneas

The greatest masterpiece of the English Baroque, Dido and Aeneas has some of the most wonderful characters and arias in the operatic repertoire. Based on the Virgil epic, the story recounts the brief courtship between Queen Dido of Carthage and Prince Aeneas of Troy. October 21, 2018, 3pm & 8pm.   Gallery Photo credit: Diamond’s […]


Henry Purcell’s unmannerly masque, Timon of Athens, alongside drinking songs, dance, and wine. June 24, 2018, 3pm and 8pm.

Venus and Adonis

Players and Singers’ Venus and Adonis is a gender-playful production of the earliest surviving British opera. This ground-breaking work was composed in 1683 by John Blow, with Anne Kingsmill as librettist. The opera is rarely performed today, and in keeping with an exploration of unfamiliar territory, our staging features both soloists and chorus members swapping genders. January […]