Date: 1 and 2 July 2016
Location: St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre
Tickets: On Sale Now
About The Commission:
A New Canadian Opera Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel.
Ours is a two act opera by award winning Canadian composer John Estacio with libretto by renowned Canadian writer Robert Chafe. Ours will be the first full-length opera ever to be set in Atlantic Canada. It is based on the true story of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, who were the best and brightest of their generation and who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of their country.
Ours tracks the social, political and emotional aftermath of the battle of Beaumont Hamel through the story of Regiment Chaplain Thomas Nangle. Ours charts the history of Nangle and of Newfoundland through his attempts to register for the regiment at the beginning of the war, his eventual posting, his time spent on the front, his wounding at the hands of a sniper, his finding of the lost regiment in the mud fields of France after the war, his establishment of the memorial parks and his eventual departure from Newfoundland.
John Estacio, composer
JUNO nominated composer John Estacio has served as Composer in Residence for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, and the Calgary Opera. He is also a recipient of the prestigious NAC Award for Composers. His compositions are programed by orchestras throughout North American and his frequent performances and broadcasts have earned him several SOCAN Concert Music Awards.
In the last decade he has composed numerous symphonic and operatic works including Filumena for Calgary Opera/Banff Centre and Lillian Alling for the Vancouver Opera/Banff Centre. Filumena has received several remounts in Canada and was filmed for television and broadcast on PBS. In 2014, the Cincinnati Ballet commissioned a full length score for King Arthur’s Camelot, with choreography by Victoria Morgan.
The National Arts Centre Orchestra and conductor Pinchas Zukerman recently toured China with his work Brio and will be performing the piece again during their 2014 tour of the UK. The Richard Eaton Singers toured Europe with his new choral work branche in the summer of 2013. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet featured several of Estacio’s orchestral compositions in a new ballet Wonderland with choreography by Shawn Hounsell. He recently completed a song cycle for baritone and violin, premiered by Russell Braun and James Ehnes.
His works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, including performances by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and a performance of his Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in May 2012 by the Edmonton Symphony.
During the past few seasons, the National Youth Orchestra of the Americas toured the US and Canada with Bootlegger’s Tarantella. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, along with acclaimed tenor Ben Heppner, toured Europe with Estacio’s arrangements of Seven Songs of Jean Sibelius. In 2008, his cantata The Houses Stand Not Far Apart was premiered by a number or choirs. His orchestral works have been performed by all the major Canadian orchestras, as well as the Houston Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and orchestras in Europe and South America.
To learn more about John Estacio, please visit him at his website.