Opera on the Avalon, Atlantic Canada’s Opera Company, is thrilled to announce
our 2021 Opera Season!
February is a powerful portrayal of the sinking of the Ocean Ranger off the coast of Newfoundland on Valentine’s Day, 1982. Shifting between the past and present, it tells the story of the fictional Helen O’Mara, who lost her husband in the disaster. February explores the loneliness of grief and the importance of reconciliation with the past.
The Rock Performs 2021
Inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Rock Performs is a digital music festival that brings world-class artists directly to your home.
In these times of isolation, OOTA has continued to produce work that “resonates far beyond the province’s borders” (The Telegram) with our new digital music festival, The Rock Performs.
This innovative video series exposes Newfoundland and Labrador’s natural beauty as we set local performers against some of the province’s most iconic landmarks. Blending classical technique with traditional pieces, The Rock Performs continues to prove that “challenging people’s ideas and perception of the opera is Opera on the Avalon’s forte” (The Telegram).
As an organization, we must now look at how we have operated in the past, how our values have evolved with our growing understanding of racial injustice, and how we can do our part in making the future – both within and outside of the arts – a better and safer place.
We must use our platform to tell new and relevant stories about and by those who have been historically underrepresented and excluded from the opera community.
We encourage artists and community members to please reach out and share ideas about how we can effectively create change in our organization and the performing arts sector. All voices are welcome on this journey to create a fully inclusive environment and demolish oppression in the arts.
We respectfully acknowledge the land on which we gather as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk [bee-oth-uck], whose culture has now been erased forever. We also acknowledge the island of Ktaqmkuk [dah-gmm-gook] (Newfoundland) as the unceded, traditional territory of the Beothuk and the Mi’kmaq [mig-maw]. And we acknowledge Labrador as the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Innu [in-ew] of Nitassinan [ne-tass-eh-nen], the Inuit [in-yoo-eet] of Nunatsiavut [nu-nat-see-ah-vut], and the Inuit of NunatuKavut [nu-nah-tuhk-ah-vut]. We recognize all First Peoples who were here before us, those who live with us now, and the seven generations to come. As First Peoples have done since time immemorial, we strive to be responsible stewards of the land and to respect the cultures, ceremonies, and traditions of all who call it home. As we open our hearts and minds to the past, we commit ourselves to working in a spirit of truth and reconciliation to make a better future for all.
Opera on the Avalon
78 O’Leary Avenue
St. John’s, NL, A1B 2C7
(709) 738 1322
Opera on the Avalon is funded in part by The Government of Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the City of St. John’s, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.