A New Canadian Opera
 

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Throughout the Great War dozens of Canadian nursing sisters worked at the front in dreadful conditions tending to the wounded and dying. In a time of great darkness, they chose to walk in the light. This is their story.

The Llandovery Castle is a new Canadian opera by composer by Stephanie Martin and librettist Paul Ciufo, created as an act of remembrance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the hospital ship Llandovery Castle on June 27, 1918.

The opera focusses on the lives and service of 14 Canadian Nursing Sisters who died in the tragedy. The calm confidence, skill and selflessness of Canadian nurses during the Great War stand in stark contrast to the chaos and violence that surrounded them. From the horrors inflicted by inhuman trench warfare, the Sisters offered healing and compassion to soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

The work premiered in two workshops performances in Toronto in June, 2018, to enthusiastic audiences and critical praise.

 

THE LLANDOVERY CASTLE IN THE NEWS

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FROM THE CREATIVE TEAM OF THE LLANDOVERY CASTLE

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