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Opera on the Avalon featuring the NAC Orchestra

July 2020

  1. Jul 16 2020


  2. Jul 17 2020
  3. Jul 18 2020


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Oursa fully-staged lyric drama in two acts and Opera on the Avalon’s first critically-acclaimed commission, tracks the social, political, and emotional aftermath of the battle of Beaumont Hamel through the story of Thomas Nangle who was chaplain to the Newfoundland Regiment. 

Following the war, Nangle was named to the Imperial War Graves Commission where he led efforts to properly bury the remains of the lost Regiment across Europe. He established the existing five war memorial sites across Europe, including Beaumont Hamel, as well as the Newfoundland National War Memorial in St. John’s. 

His story of sacrifice, hardship, and renewal is the perfect human embodiment of Newfoundland’s journey through the war, and through its horrific aftermath. 

Ours was composed by Juno-nominated Canadian composer John Estacio with a libretto by Newfoundland Governor General Award-winning playwright Robert Chafe. Directed by Glynis Leyshon and conducted by Judith Yan.

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  • Production Manager Murray Palmer
  • Lighting Designer Itai Erdal
  • Projection Designer Jamie Nesbitt
  • Set Designer Patrick Clark
  • Costume Designer Keith Roberts
  • Stage Manager Stephanie Marrs
  • Arthur Murray Stephen Hegedus
  • Charlie Whitten Matthew Dalen
  • Thomas Nangle Keith Phares
  • Michael Samuel Chan
  • Edward John Lindsey
  • May Lara Ciekiewicz
  • John Ryan Downey
  • Field Marshall Haig/Recruiter Tom Goerz
  • Thelma Tracy Cantin
  • Archbishop Roche David Pomeroy
  • Elizabeth Crowley Leslie Ann Bradley