Creation Investment Fund

Some stories beg to be told. A true storyteller transports us to another place and time, engages our intellect and imagination, and touches us on a deep, emotional level. 


OOTA is committed to bringing compelling stories to life through the magic of the singing voice: the most powerful, authentic, and expressive instrument of all. As the only professional opera company in Atlantic Canada, we are mandated to turn our history into art with the development of new work.

With a commitment to asking what stories we want to share, OOTA’s Creation Investment Fund empowers and enables new commissions and funds the development of new Canadian opera that is innovative, groundbreaking, and resonant for all. The first opera commissioned through this fund was the critically acclaimed Ours (music by John Estacio, libretto by Robert Chafe), which premiered in 2016 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel. We aim to program new productions every three to four years. By commissioning these new operatic works, we hope to start important and engaging conversations of how we see ourselves and the world around us, and in turn, how those stories can be reflected on stage.  


John Estacio & Robert Chafe’s OURS (July 2016; November 2018) 

Dean Burry & Yvette Nolan’s SHANAWDITHIT (May 2019)

Laura Kaminsky & Lisa Moore’s FEBRUARY (June 2023)


Help turn our stories into art

Inclusion Statement

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.

Land Acknowledgement

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.

Contact Us

Opera on the Avalon

Suite 311, Terrace on the Square

8-10 Rowan Street

St. John’s, NL, A1B 2X1

Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm

(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.