Canada’s newest opera company in North America’s oldest city.
Debuting in 2009, Opera on the Avalon has become an undisputed leader in the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador, with a diverse and innovative repertoire that pushes the boundaries of opera. Opera on the Avalon has quickly established itself internationally as an extraordinarily rare musical experience, whose annual festivals has been described as “an exciting world class event.” The company has garnered rave reviews for its stunning productions and exciting emerging artists. This commitment to artistic excellence has been supported by generous donors, loyal subscribers and a rapidly growing audience.
Opera on the Avalon brings compelling stories to life through the magic of the singing voice: the most powerful, authentic and expressive instrument of all. Opera on the Avalon is committed to presenting familiar favourites that have stood the test of time, modern works receiving critical acclaim, and new tellings of our own history. Opera on the Avalon is committed to turning our history into art though new commissions, the first of which was Atlantic Canada’s first grand opera, Ours, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel, written by composer John Estacio and librettist Robert Chafe. Ours was celebrated as “a remarkable accomplishment” by Opera News.
Aside from its work onstage, Opera on the Avalon is committed to civic impact though active community participation to raise collective consciousness of our past while contributing to the cultural and civic tapestry of our future. In addition to its productions, concerts and recitals, Opera on the Avalon undertakes a wide variety of specially developed education and outreach programs and events for those in our community, including at risk youth, indigenous communities and new Canadians.
Through the magic and power of music, Opera on the Avalon is a reminder of the primary reason for the inherent value of the creative industries: life-enhancing, entertaining, and defining of our personal, provincial and national identities. Opera on the Avalon is dedicated to investing in the quality of life for the people who live and work in our province. We bring together a marriage of our own talent with some of the world’s most exciting professionals. Opera on the Avalon is committed to the business of the arts, stressing the integral purpose of culture along with the social, educational and economic benefits to our community at large, creating a rich environment for artistic growth and practice in Atlantic Canada.