Shanawdithit

TAPESTRY OPERA AND OPERA ON THE AVALON PRODUCTION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIVE EARTH

May 2019

Music by Dean Burry
Libretto by Yvette Nolan
Featuring: Marion Newman

A new opera centred on the story of Shanawdithit (1801-1829), the last recorded surviving member of the Beothuk Nation in Newfoundland, and the extinction and erasure of her people. In the last months of her life, she created a series of coded drawings that speak of the loneliness of survival and lost history.

Collaboratively interpreted by Indigenous artists from across Turtle Island, including Aria Evans, Michelle Olson, Jerry Evans, Jordan Bennett, and Lori Blondeau, Shanawdithit is a work unlike anything in opera. For more information: tapestryopera.com.

Art by Patrick Hunter

Tapestry Opera is a professional theatre and opera producer that creates and produces for the heart of the here and now. In addition to producing a concert and chamber opera season, Tapestry has become an international crossroads for diverse musical and dramatic artists inspired to contribute to the creation and evolution of new opera. Learn more here.


Opera on the Avalon is Canada’s newest opera company in the oldest city in North America committed to presenting the best of traditional opera and muscial theatre, with engaging and powerful new theatrical productions. Learn more here.