Mary Knickle as the Mother and Ruth Ernst as Amahl

Well, we’re starting our final week of rehearsals for MCO’s first Amahl!  Today all the principals meet to review the blocking of the opera, and we have runs, Chorus rehearsals and the dress later this week, for our opening in Bridgewater on Saturday.

It’s going to be a grand show!  Tickets are just $15, $5 for children 12 and under, and are now available at Fultons in Lunenburg, Kinburn Pharmasave in Mahone Bay and Carousel Books in Bridgewater, or you can buy them at the door.

Saturday January 7, 3 pm — Bridgewater United Church
Sunday, January 8, 3 pm — St John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg

We are having a lovely time rehearsing for Amahl and the Night Visitors!  I first encountered this charming opera as a young woman back in Unionville, Ontario, when I was in my church’s production of it.  My husband was the Page, and our cockatiel had a starring role as the parrot!

Having a chance to direct it, about thirty years later, is such a privilege.  We have an outstanding local cast and the most enthusiastic chorus of shepherds imaginable 🙂  We also have a REAL parrot, Nigel, an African Grey, who simply radiates star quality …

More soon, including photos of the stunning costumes by Anne Morison!


Jeunesses Musicales' Carmen

Jeunesses Musicales' Carmen

MCO is very happy to be a co-presenter (with St Cecilia Concerts) of this year’s Jeunesses  Musicales touring production of Bizet’s opera Carmen.

Sat Nov 19, 7:30 pm
St. John’s Church Hall, Lunenburg
Carmen by Georges Bizet
Featuring the young artists of Jeunesses Musicales
Ann Leigh Martin, Luc Robert, Laura Albino, Alexander Dobson, Ellen Wieser, Rachele Tremblay, and Janelle Fung on piano
A St Cecilia by-the-Sea concert

If MCO supporters buy their tickets for this event through MCO, we get to keep $5 for every ticket sold.  Please call us at 902-634-4280 to reserve your ticket through us and help support MCO!


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All About Carmen
Sunday October 30, 4 pm
Cecilia’s Retreat, 1199 Oakland Rd, RR#2, Mahone Bay

MCO Artistic Director Nina Scott-Stoddart, who has sung the role of Carmen several times, will give a light-hearted talk (with musical examples, accompanied by Sharon Gow-Knickle) about the opera Carmen, followed by a delicious light supper.  Proceeds to support both Maritime Concert Opera and St Cecilia’s presentation of  Jeunesse Musicales’ touring production of Carmen.

More information about tickets and how to buy them to come!