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World Premiere of Shanawdithit

The world premiere of Shanawdithit, a co-commission between Toronto's Tapestry Opera and Newfoundland's Opera on the Avalon in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts premieres on May 16, 2019 at Tapestry Opera before opening in June at Opera on the Avalon. The opera is based on the story of Shanawdithit, the last living member of Newfoundland’s lost Indigenous tribe, the Beothuks, who died out after Europeans brought violence and disease to the island. Shanawdithit is composed by Newfoundland-born composer Dean Burry with the libretto by Saskatchewan-born Algonquin writer Yvette Nolan. For information on the Toronto performances, click here. For information on the Newfoundland performances, click here.