Well, it’s that time of year again! As June progresses, so do the final plans and rehearsals for this year’s Summer Opera Festival. New in 2007 is our tour of Verdi’s La Traviata, the centrepiece of this year’s Festival. We’ll be taking the show to Yarmouth (June 15) and Annapolis Royal (June 17) — two new venues for us. These performances will be without chorus, but will feature all the principals, all the music you love, and projected English translations, our specialty.

You can catch the full production in Shelburne on June 21, or in Lunenburg on June 23. For these we pull out all the stops, and present the opera with the resources of the MCO Chorus.

And on June 22, you can hear some of the most splendid musical theatre ever written as MCO presents An Evening with Richard Rodgers: With a Song in My Heart.

For more information, see the Events Page.

It’s time for MCO’s annual fundraising afternoon!

Saturday May 21st
2-4 p.m.
Central United Church Hall, Lunenburg
(enter off Lincoln)

Featuring Elegant Refreshments, a Silent Auction
& Entertainment (Heather Brill accompanies Nina Scott-Stoddart, Mary Knickle, Yara Mengert and others)
Tickets available from Fulton’s Pharmacy, Lunenburg,
Kinburn Pharmasave, Mahone Bay, Sagor’s Books, Bridgewater.

Our production of Verdi’s La Traviata in June 2007 will feature:

Janna Pardy as Violetta (Janna was last heard as Musetta in La Boheme in 2006); Keith Klassen as Alfredo (Keith made his debut as Rudolfo in La Boheme in 2006); Andrew Tees as Germont (Andrew has sung Figaro in Barber of Seville and Marcello in La Boheme); Robert Milne as Marquis d’Obigny (Basilio in Barber and Colline in La Boheme); Meghan Walsh as Flora (Meghan was The Abbess in Suor Angelica in 2006); and debuting Dalhousie students Andrew Pelrine as Gastone  and Maureen Batt as Annina.
The show will also feature the MCO Chorus prepared by Nina Scott-Stoddart and conducted by Caron Daley, and the irreplaceable Tara Scott at the piano.