Opera on the Avalon Announces 2023-24 Season

By David Salazar

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Opera on the Avalon has announced its 15th anniversary season.

The 2023-24 season kicks off with the world premiere of “February” by Laura Kaminsky. The opera will be conducted by Judith Yan and directed by Ruth Lawrence. It will star Katherine Pracht-Phares, Matthew Dalen, Leroy Davis, Pascale Spinney, Michael Kelly, Stephen Hegedus, and Lara Ciekiewicz.

Performance Dates: Oct. 13 & 14, 2023

Next up is “75 x 75,” a multidisciplinary project marking the 75th anniversary of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Confederation with Canada. This groundbreaking initiative, funded by The Commemorate Canada program and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, will feature performances and interviews from over 75 individuals, shining a light on the cultural and historical significance of Confederation.”

The series will be led by director and videographer Roger Maunder of Up Sky Down Films as well as photographer Dave Howells, videographer and photographer Dru Kennedy, and costume designer Keith Roberts.

Performance Dates: March 30, 2024

The company will also introduce its Young Artist Program.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our 15th anniversary season with such remarkable projects and initiatives,” said Cheryl Hickman, General and Artistic Director of Opera on the Avalon in an official press statement. “With the world premiere of ‘February,’ the launch of ‘75 x 75,’ and the introduction of our Young Artist Program, we aim to engage audiences, honor our province’s history, and provide transformative experiences for emerging operatic talents. We invite everyone to join us on this extraordinary journey.”