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Shanawdithit

Closed May 25, 2019

A landmark Indigenous-led and cast world premiere opera.

Why See Shanawdithit?

Classical & Opera

World Premiere

A Co-production between Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon, Shanawdithit is a landmark Indigenous-led and cast world premiere opera. The story and libretto is written and curated by celebrated Algonquin playwright Yvette Nolan, with a score composed by Newfoundlander Dean Burry.

Centred on the story of Shanawdithit (1801-1829), the opera restores a voice to a story seldom told and told incorrectly. This collaboratively created opera combines soaring orchestration, evocative storytelling, and spectacular, large-scale works of art.

In 1829, Shanawdithit was taken to St. John's, Newfoundland by William Cormack, where she created a series of ten drawings that spoke of the life of her people, their encounters with the European settlers, and loneliness of survival.

Shanawdithit's detailed drawings are the foundation of the opera.

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Additional Information

Dates

Opening night: 16 May 2019

Run time

80 minutes with no intermission

Cast and Creative

Cast

Kwagiulth and Sto:lo mezzo-soprano Marion Newman as Shanawdithit, Canadian baritone Clarence Frazer as William Cormack, and a chorus featuring tenor Asitha Tennekoon, Métis mezzo-soprano Rebecca Cuddy, Inuk soprano Deantha Edmunds, Ojibway baritone Evan Korbut and Mi’kmaq/Black/settler dancer Aria Evans.

Creative

The story and libretto are written and curated by celebrated Algonquin playwright Yvette Nolan. The score is composed by Newfoundlander Dean Burry.

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