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Canadian-Indigenous Opera Shanawdithit
May 16, 2019 @ 8:00 am - May 25, 2019 @ 5:00 pm$35 – $150
Truth and reconciliation is top of mind in Canada. Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon along with Indigenous artists from Nations across the country, present the landmark world premiere of the Canadian-Indigenous opera Shanawdithit. It which sheds a light on a story misrepresented by history.
The real-life story of the title character Shanawdithit (1801-1829). She was believed at the time of her death to be the last known member of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Beothuk Nation. She is vividly brought to life on stage through the voices of six soloists. Plus, a 40-person chorus, an 11-piece orchestra, and spectacular large-scale works of art created by five indigenous visual artists.M5A 1E8
The story and libretto are written and curated by celebrated Algonquin playwright Yvette Nolan. The score, composed by Newfoundlander Dean Burry, with Kwagiulth and Sto:lo mezzo-soprano. Marion Newman acts as Shanawdithit, Canadian baritone Clarence Frazer as Cormack and tenor Asitha Tennekoon as Peyton.