Honourary Patron
Ben Heppner

Photo by Justin Hall
Photo by Justin Hall

A Chamber Opera...

Ann and Séamus is based on the true story of seventeen-year-old Ann Harvey, who lived on Isle aux Morts on the treacherous southwest coast of Newfoundland. In July 1828, The Brig Despatch, an Irish immigrant ship bound from Londonderry to Quebec City, ran aground on this coast and Ann, along with her father and twelve year old brother, saved 168 of the 211 shipwrecked passengers and crew. In Kevin Major's narrative poem and Stephen Hatfield's words and music, Séamus Ryan is one of the passengers on the ship, and his relationship with Ann makes her face a difficult choice of whether to leave her home and family for a new life or to stay in Newfoundland. This story is a powerful and vivid adventure involving courage and heroism.

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CD Launch May 1
Ann & Séamus - A Chamber Opera will released on Saturday, May 1st at the Arts and Culture Centre, St. John's.
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