Friday, December 09, 2016


Time of Trouble 

An Opera in Two Acts

Composed by Elizabeth Raum, Libretto by Rex Deverell


Premieres December 15 and 16 , 2016

 Opera Nova Scotia will be presenting a fully staged production with chorus, instrumental ensemble, and star vocalists at the Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Performing Arts Centre. 

Time of Trouble traces the history of The Sisters of Charity, Halifax from their arrival on a Halifax Pier, May 11, 1849, to the granting by Pope Leo XIII of autonomy from the Archbishop of Halifax.
Particular dramatic focus is setupon the contrasting attitudes to the sisters by the successive Archbishops of Halifax, Connolly and Hannan,and singles out the self sacrificing vision and fortitude of Mother Mary Francis in her pursuit of independence for her order.
As the opera ends we leave the sisters ready for new tasks of community service in education especially, leading to the establishing of Mount Saint Vincent University and in today’s global concerns for ecology and women’s dignity


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