2011 – 2012 season

MORGAN LE FAY

a new Celtic opera
composed by Mary Knickle

Friday, November 4, Pearl Theatre, Lunenburg, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 5, Music Room, Halifax, 7:30 pm


Music director: Andre Haines
Accompanist
: Heather Kristenson

Morgan le Fay: Amber Bishop
Lady One: Amy Smith
Lady Two: Pam Rogers
Lady Three: Karen Runge
Bridget: Claire Jaworski
Kara: Katherine Heim
Evid: Cynthia Meyers
Airien: Kristen Lawlor
Elaine: Amy Reitsma
Norah: Nina Scott-Stoddart
Ryana: Madelyn Chiasson
Captain/Merlan: Reid Campbell
Commander/Druid Priest: Vernon Oickle

Tickets are $15 each, $5 for children 12 and under

Tickets for the Lunenburg performance are available at Fultons in Lunenburg or call 634-4280 to reserve. They will also be available at the door.

Tickets for Morgan Le Fay in Halifax at the Music Room will be available at the door.


Amahl and the Night Visitors
by Gian Carlo Menotti

fully staged and costumed
directed by Nina Scott-Stoddart
accompanist Gus Webb
costume designer Anne Morison
choreographer Pam McDormand
producer Wendy DeMarco

Saturday January 6, 2012, 3 pm, Bridgewater United Church, 87 Hillcrest St, Bridgewater
Sunday January 7, 2012, 3 pm, St John’s Anglican Church, 81 Cumberland St, Lunenburg

Amahl: Ruth Ernst
Mother: Mary Knickle
Kaspar: Ron Frampton
Melchior: Steven Kristenson
Balthazar: Lukus Uhlman
Page: Peter Ernst

with the MCO CHORUS

Amahl, a shepherd, tries to tell his mother about what he has seen outside; an enormous star with a long tail. His mother, used to his habitual lying, grows angry; she is even angrier when Amahl tells her that a knock at the door is three kings come to visit them. The kings enter and tell the two peasants that they have come to find a king, and they show the rich gifts they have brought him. While Amahl’s mother is out gathering wood for the fire, Amahl asks the kings questions about their lives. The mother sends the boy to fetch the neighbors, and the villagers present their gifts to the visitors. That night, Amahl’s mother tries to steal some of the kings’ gold to use to help her child; she is caught, and when the kings offer to let her keep the gold, explaining that the king they seek will need nothing but love to rule his kingdom, she returns it. Amahl offers his staff as an additional gift, and suddenly finds that he can walk. He leaves with the kings to pay homage to the child who has healed him.

MCO would like to thank our concert sponsor, Musique Royale, for their support of Amahl and its Lunenburg performance!

Tickets $15 each, $5 for children 12 and under — available from Fultons in Lunenburg, Kinburn Pharmasave in Mahone Bay and Carousel Books in Bridgewater.


Summer Opera Festival

The Magic Flute
by W.A. Mozart

Tamino: Stephen Bell
Papageno: Justin Welsh
Pamina: Johane Ansell
Sarastro: Robert Milne
Queen of the Night: Jessica Cheung
First Lady: Claire Mallin
Second Lady: Paula Rockwell
Third Lady: Nina Scott-Stoddart
Monostatos: Andrew Pelrine
Papagena: Maureen Batt
Three Spirits: Eva Ernst, Claire Jaworski, Katherine Heim

Music Director: Tara Scott
Costumes: Anne Morison

Sunday, June 10, King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal
Tuesday, June 12, Th’YARC, Yarmouth
Thursday, June 14, The Osprey Arts Centre, Shelburne
Saturday, June 16, Pearl Theatre, Lunenburg — with orchestra