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 brining 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 history into art

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Opera on the Avalon
78 O’Leary Avenue
St. John’s, NL, A1B 2C7

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

(709) 738 1322

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.

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.

Opera on the Avalon thanks our Generous Sponsors Cahill, Coast 101.1 FM, Cox & Palmer, Fortis, Marco Group, and Gluskin Sheff, Genoa Design International, Toronto Dominion Bank and Travelers.