"A new opera commissioned and developed by Pacific Opera Victoria, Mary's Wedding is a love letter to the power of memory and innocence, and to a generation of Canadians who were caught in the crucible of the First World War. The story is eternal. Boy meets girl. They fall in love. But the year is 1914, and Mary and Charlie must surrender their love and their fate to the uncertainties of their tumultuous times. The opera explores the fleeting nature of time and the lasting power of love, evoking Prairie thunderstorms and ladies' teas, and, as innocence rides off to war, the horror of the battles of Ypres and Moreuil Wood, in which Canada came of age as a nation. Much of the power of Mary's Wedding comes from its sense of the fluidity of time, the shifting of past and present, here and there, reality and dream. The emotional impact is stunning: everything becomes present for us here and now . . . we are the children of Mary's Wedding. Mary's Wedding is a brilliant, singularly original play ... told in a dream the night before her wedding, two years after the war has ended. The music flowed into my head the first time I read the script."
-Andrew P. MacDonald, Composer
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