Opera on the Avalon
Ours
Music by John Estacio
Libretto by Robert Chafe
This Opera was commissioned by Opera on the Avalon

Ours, a fully-staged 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 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 Poppy Design is a registered trademark of The Royal Canadian Legion, Dominion Command and is used under license.”

‘Le motif du coquelicot est une marque déposée de la Direction nationale de La Légion royale canadienne et est employée sous licence.’

CAST

STEPHEN HEGEDUS, Arthur Murray

MATTHEW DALEN, Charlie Whitten

KEITH PHARES, Thomas Nangle

SAMUEL CHAN, Michael

JOHN LINDSEY, Edward

LARA CIEKIEWICZ, May

RYAN DOWNEY, John

TOM GOERZ, Field Marshall Haig/Recruiter

TRACY CANTIN, Thelma

DAVID POMEROY, Archbishop Roche

LESLIE ANN BRADLEY, Elizabeth Crowley

JAMES MCLENNAN, George Crowley

PRODUCTION

GLYNIS LEYSHON, Director

JUDITH YAN, Conductor

MURRAY PALMER, Production Manager

ITAI ERDAL, Lighting Designer

JAMIE NESBITT, Projection Designer

PATRICK CLARK, Set Designer

KEITH ROBERTS, Costume Designer

STEPHANIE MARRS, Stage Manager

 

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.

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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.