Bringing the magic of opera to the children of our community; Opera on the Avalon has inspired and delighted students across Newfoundland with operas adapted, or created specifically, for young audiences. The operas are performed by our Festival’s Young and Studio Artists and an informal question-and-answer period with the cast immediately follows each performance.
The mission: To provide a cultural and educational opportunity to our community’s school-aged children, at no cost to them or their schools.
The goals: To expose children to opera, an art form that is often forgotten about in school curricula; to demonstrate the interaction of vocal and instrumental music, storytelling, acting, dance, language arts, and other educational subjects within the context; to encourage children’s love of music and give them the opportunity to expand their minds and view opera as an enjoyable experience, not an intimidating one; and to provide children with an opportunity to experience live opera.
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The number of children we reach each year is contingent on our ability to raise the funds necessary to pay for the programs, thus the generosity of patrons and donors is not only appreciated, but essential to its continuation.
Opera on the Avalon’s Symposium Series provides a forum to explore issues pertaining to our productions and communities. It is designed to highlight issues surrounding the arts within an international context, which we achieve through panel discussions and audience conversation around artistic, social and political issues relating to OOTA’s mainstage productions. Panelists include some of the nation’s leading cultural, social, and political activists and artists.
In 2017, the Symposium Series featured two discussions: Women in the Arts and Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the 21st Century. Women in the Arts addressed a challenge we have grappling through our hiring policy, aimed at achieving gender parity, and Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the 21st Century connected to our Canadian premiere of Dead Man Walking.
Upcoming Symposium topics will include The Beothuks In Newfoundland and Labrador, Social Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention, LGBTQQAI2S+* and Allies, Arts and Our Environment.
In 2020, in partnership with the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, Opera on the Avalon will be starting a new public outreach initiative called Opera Unity. This initiative will consist of emerging and established artists, Opera on the Avalon staff, and local artists who will visit hospitals, nursing homes, treatment centres, and other facilities around St. John’s.
These artists will perform for the residents of the facilities, and repertoire will include classic opera, contemporary musical theatre, and popular music. Opera on the Avalon is dedicated to making opera and musical theatre more accessible, and we understand that music can be a holistic treatment for health and well-being; we want to reach out to those communities because, for many, live performance is not accessible.
Opera on the Avalon
78 O’Leary Avenue
St. John’s, NL, A1B 2C7
(709) 738 1322
We respectfully acknowledge the territory in which we gather as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, and the island of Newfoundland as the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk. We would also like to recognize the Inuit of Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut and the Innu of Nitassinan, and their ancestors, as the original people of Labrador. We strive for respectful relationships with all the peoples of this province as we search for collective healing and true reconciliation and honour this beautiful land together.