OOTA presents the best of traditional opera and musical theatre, with engaging and powerful new theatrical productions, that are focused on topics and themes which resonate within our regional and international communities. Through our New Commission Series, OOTA is starting a conversation about how we see ourselves and the world around us, and how those stories are reflected on stage, turning our history into art. 

2018-19 Season

Don’t miss your chance to reserve the best seats in the house for our 2018-19 productions: Tickets on sale now through the St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre Box Office


  • November 9 and 11, 2018
    St. John's Arts & Culture Centre
  • Composed by John Estacio
  • Libretto by Robert Chafe

Coming Soon

Art created by PATRICK HUNTER for Tapestry Opera

Shanawdithit, JUNE 2019

Co-commission with Tapestry Opera in partnership with Native Earth

Music by Dean Burry | Libretto by Yvette Nolan

Featuring mezzo-soprano Marion Newman as Shanawdithit

Shanawdithit, a new opera project commissioned in partnership with Tapestry Opera, starring Marion Newman in the title role. Opening in May 2019 in Toronto before its St. John’s premiere, the work is centered on the life of Shanawdithit (1801-1829), the last recorded surviving member of the Beothuk Nation in Newfoundland.

In 1829, Shawnadithit is taken to St. John’s by William Cormack, a self-styled explorer who is fascinated by Shanawdithit’s people. In the last months of her life, she created a series of coded drawings that speak of the loneliness of survival and lost history.

Collaboratively interpreted by Indigenous artists from across Canada, including Aria Evans, Michelle Olson, Jerry Evans, Jordan Bennett, Meagan Musseau, and Lori Blondeau, led by librettist Yvette Nolan and Newfoundland composer Dean Burry, these drawings asks us to acknowledge the ways that stories are told, who gets to tell them, and how they are heard.  Shanawdithit is a work unlike anything in opera.

Did you know?

All of our productions are available to New Canadians through the Cultural Access Pass. We’re proud to partner with this initiative which allows New Canadians to take in cultural events in their new home free of charge.

"Perhaps it is music that will save the world."

Shinichi Suzuki