Ours, a lyric drama in two acts and Opera on the Avalon’s first critically acclaimed commission, tracks the social, political, and emotional aftermath of the battle of Beaumont Hamel through the story of Thomas Nangle who was chaplain to the Newfoundland Regiment.
Following the war, Nangle was named to the Imperial War Graves Commission where he led efforts to properly bury the remains of much of the lost regiment across Europe. He established the existing five war memorial sites across Europe, including Beaumont Hamel, as well as the Newfoundland National War Memorial in St. John’s.
His story of sacrifice, hardship, and renewal is the perfect human embodiment of Newfoundland’s journey through the war, and through its horrific aftermath.
Ours was composed by Juno-nominated Canadian composer John Estacio with a libretto by Newfoundland Governor General award-winning playwright Robert Chafe. Directed by Glynis Leyshon and conducted by Judith Yan, the all-star cast includes Andrew Love as Thomas Nangle, Gordon Gietz as Archbishop Roche and Lara Ciekiewicz as May.