Nelson Community Opera—in conjunction with the Amy Ferguson Institute—premiered Jorinda at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson, BC on November 12, 2015!

The cast featured some of Nelson finest vocalists, with Bessie Wapp singing the part of The Witch, Allison Girvan singing the part of Jorinda, Roger Ley singing the role of Jaren, and Sydney Black singing the part of Grungella. The Production Team, likewise, was a highly-talented Nelson crew, with Geoff Burns as Stage Director, Marty Horswill as Producer, Slava Doval as Choreographer, Simone Varey as Puppet Master, Dave Ingraham as Lighting Designer and Doug Scott as Set Designer. Composer of the work, Doug Jamieson was Music Director. Graphic Design was by Bryan Webb and here is the poster he designed:

Nelson is a city in BC of only 10,000 residents, but it punches way beyond its weight in the arts. In 2008, Nelson Community Opera commissioned a new opera entitled KHAOS written by Nelson composer Don Macdonald and local librettist Nicola Harwood. KHAOS was premiered in 2012 at Nelson’s Capitol Theatre to sold out houses, standing ovations and rave critical reviews. In 2013, Opera America’s New York-based adjudication panel selected KHAOS as one of only four operas invited to be showcased at their New Works Forum at OA’s annual Opera Conference in Vancouver.

“This opportunity to mount another new opera came as a complete surprise,” said Amy Ferguson Institute president, Dianna Ducs. “We weren’t even aware that another composer of opera lived in Nelson when Doug Jamieson approached us with the offer of his new work, Jorinda. Doug and his wife, art therapist and photographer Elizabeth Cunningham, recently moved to Nelson to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. Doug quickly became involved in the local musical scene, including serving as a director of Selkirk Pro-Musica, and it wasn’t long before he linked up with AFI.”

For the premiere in Nelson, BC in November 2015, Jamieson arranged the accompaniment for a sextet, a scaled-down rendering of the chamber orchestra. The talented sextet was comprised of Nicola Everton, clarinet, Wendy Herbison, violin, Jeff Faragher, cello, Rob Fahie, double-bass, Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, keyboards, and John Galm, drums and percussion.

Links to the recordings from the premiere have been added to this blog.

Stay tuned for updates, to see where Jorinda next takes flight…

One Response to NEWS!

  1. Ron Robinson says:

    Will the Capitol handle ticket sales? When will that be?
    Cheers, Ron

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