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
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reserve tickets for you.