In the first weekend of November, Lunenburg will be filled with animals as Noah and his ark take over St John’s Anglican Church for two performances of a special opera written for children!

Noye’s Fludde is a tuneful 60-minute community opera written by English composer Benjamin Britten that tells the story of Noah and his ark in words and music. It’s based on a 15th-century mystery play, and is written for amateur singers and musicians, especially children, with professionals mixed in.
In the Lunenburg production, the professionals will include music director Heather Kristenson, organist Wendy Fraser, stage director Mary Ferguson, with Halifax bass Jon-Paul Décosse in the title role and Lunenburg mezzo Nina Scott-Stoddart as Mrs Noah.  Former Lunenburg mayor Lawrence Mawhinney will be the Voice of God. The show will be fully costumed and accompanied by a small orchestra.

“This will be a true community artistic collaboration among churches, local musicians, choirs, schools, artists and organizations”, says Scott-Stoddart of the project. “We haven’t done a children’s opera since Hansel and Gretel in the fall of 2009 and we wanted to get children involved again in a fun, family-friendly show. We’ve been working on the production behind the scenes for over a year and are now entering the home stretch — casting the children who will be animals and orchestra members!”

MCO is looking for children for the production aged from 4 to 14. No audition is required, just enthusiasm and a commitment to the performances. Children can either play in the orchestra or play animals. All children will sing with the hymns and sing and squeak as required as the animals! We’re also looking for adult singers to join the chorus for the hymns and for adults and teens to work backstage.
Rehearsals will be mostly Sunday afternoons with a few Tuesday evenings. For a fuller rehearsal schedule please see the MCO website at maritimeconcertopera.com
If you or your children would like to get involved, we would love to have you join the fun! Please contact Ruth Reedman at (902) 766-0153 or maritimeconcertopera@gmail.com to express your interest or ask questions.

Our Spring 2016 show is

Gilbert and Sullivan’s
THE MIKADO!

Mikadopostermed

 

June 19, 21, 23 and 25

The Mikado: Jon-Paul Decease
Ko-Ko: Ross Thompson
Pooh-Bah: Andrew Tees
Pish-Tush: Rob O’Quinn
Nanki-Poo: Patrick Simms
Katisha: Nina Scott-Stoddart
Yum-Yum: Maureen Batt
Pitti-Sing: Katie Cochrane
Peep Bo: Esther Ernst

Musical Director: Tara Scott
Chorus Director: Jane Kristenson

SUNDAY JUNE 19, 2:30 pm
Lillian Piercey Concert Hall in Halifax

TUESDAY JUNE 21, 7:30 pm
Osprey Arts Centre, Shelburne

THURSDAY JUNE 23, 7:30 pm
King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal

SATURDAY JUNE 25, 7:30 pm
Central United Church, Lunenburg


 

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Join us for the workshop premiere of a new Canadian opera based on a true Nova Scotian story: the arrival of the Sisters of Charity in Halifax and the founding of Mount St Vincent’s overlooking the Bedford Basin.

The Sisters of Charity describe a period of struggle in the late 1800s as their “time of trouble” — a struggle for power between the order and their superior, Archbishop Michael Hannan, for the right to self determination and the cause of women’s education.

Librettist Rex Deverell had been fascinated by this story for years, and decided to bring it to operatic life with composer Elizabeth Raum (Honorary Doctorate from MSVU) and the assistance of Maritime Concert Opera.

This beautifully-written, melodic, surprisingly funny, and moving story will be sung in this first concert presentation by:

Maureen Batt, soprano (Mary McGuire, later Sister Francis, Mother Francis)
Andrew Pickett, countertenor (Father, later Archbishop Hannan)
Nina Scott-Stoddart, mezzo soprano (Mother Elizabeth)
Robert O’Quinn, baritone (Archbishop Connolly)
Mary Knickle, soprano (Sister De Sales)
Eva Ernst, mezzo soprano (Sister Aloysia)

with the MCO chorus directed by Jane Kristenson
and music director Tara Scott

Maritime Concert Opera Website

FRIDAY OCTOBER 23, 7:30 pm at Central United Church, Lunenburg (TICKETS $25 from Ticket Halifax Online, also Shop on the Corner, Lunenburg, Strings ‘n’ Things, Bridgewater and Kilburn Pharmasave, Mahone Bay. Tickets also available at the door, by phone at 902-634-4280 and email at maritimeconcertopera@gmail.com.  Student tickets $15, children $10, available only at the door.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 24, 2:30 pm at Peggy Corkum Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Road (TICKETS $25 from Ticket Halifax Online, in person at The Coast’s offices 2309 Maynard Street, by phone at 902-422-6278 ext. 500, or at the door (seats very limited in this venue)  You can also email us at maritimeconcertopera@gmail.com and we will reserve tickets for you.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 24, 7:30 pm at Peggy Corkum Music Room (TICKETS $25 from Ticket Halifax Online, in person at The Coast’s offices 2309 Maynard Street, by phone at 902-422-6278 ext. 500, or at the door (seats very limited in this venue) You can also email us at maritimeconcertopera@gmail.com and we will reserve tickets for you. 

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Last week we had the first rehearsal for chorus for Pagliacci, our passionate spring show. If you’d like to join us, rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church Hall, Mahone Bay, under the direction of Jane Kristenson. We have a lot of fun in chorus, especially with a show like this one where there’s lots of interaction with the principals!  We do a lot of coaching with the Italian and it’s a great experience. No audition needed.