Time of Trouble

TIME OF TROUBLE

Time of Trouble, A new opera by Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum and librettist Rex Deverell will be given its first fully staged production with orchestral ensemble Thursday, December 15, 8:00 p.m., and Friday, December 16, at 2:00 p.m , in the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre.

This opera is one of the very few Canadian musical works dealing with an important part of Nova Scotia’s history. It traces the founding and development of the Sisters of Charity-Halifax, from the arrival of the four original sisters from New York at Halifax Pier in 1849, until the granting of Papal jurisdiction by Pope Leo XIII, 1880. Dramatic focus is set upon the contrasting attitudes to the sisters by the successive Archbishops of Halifax, Connolly and Hannan, singling out the self-sacrificing vison and fortitude of Mother Mary Francis which would subsequently create Mount Saint Vincent University.

The Opera Nova Scotia presentation features a strong cast featuring some of the best of Nova Scotia’s vocal talent: soprano Maureen Batt, alto Nina Scott-Stoddart, counter-tenor Andrew Pickett, and baritone Rob O’Quinn. Walter H. Kemp leads a chorus of nine women’s voices and a professional orchestral quintet with pianist Tara Scott.

Director is Laura Vingoe-Cram, who has returned to Halifax having obtained her Masters degree in directing from the Royal Conservatory of Performing Arts, Glasgow, Scotland. The production team o headed up by scenographer Katrin Whitehead, costumes director Marilyn McLaren and lighting designer Matthew Downey.

Composer Elizabeth Raum has close ties with Halifax, having been Principal Oboe with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Mount Saint Vincent University. Rex Deverell, together with his wife Ray, are closely associated with Mount Saint Vincent’s academic life.

Opera Nova Scotia Artistic Director Dr. Walter H. Kemp comments: “We are happy to be associated with Time of Trouble, not only for its intrinsic worth as a new Canadian opera but also for its relevance to an extremely important factor in the development of Nova Scotia’s religious life, educational distinction, and social services. Don’t miss this latest gem celebrating Nova Scotia’s cultural identity.”

Tickets are on sale at the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office

494-3820, toll free 1-800-874-1669

General $35.00, Seniors $30.00, Students $10.00.

Time of Trouble

Time of Trouble

For more information call 425-8586, or 852-5170.

Viva L’amor!

I have the pleasure of performing with Opera Nova Scotia at the annual Opera Valentine this Friday, 6:00 PM. There will be many a love serenade, accompanied by delicious food! Here’s a fun clip of me on CTV Morning Atlantic introducing Viva L’amor!

Opera Valentine CTV Morning Atlantic

Enjoy a 5 course Italian Gourmet Dinner, Serenades, Silent Auction and Songs of Love

Featuring
Maureen Batt, Soprano
Paula Rockwell, Mezzo Soprano
Leander Mendoza, Tenor
Ross Thompson, Bass-Baritone
Matthew McGreer, Baritone
and Tara Scott, Piano

Friday February 12th at 6pm
The Italian-Canadian Cultural Association Club
2629 Agricola St., Halifax

Tickets $85.00 incl. $25.00 tax receipt

By reservation only, 902-445-5768