April 21, 2001 | Tapestry Opera
Iron Road
Composer:Chan Ka Nin
Librettist:Mark Brownell
Synopsis
In 1886, Chinese workers were hired to build the final and most treacherous stage of the Canadian Pacific Railway. A Chinese bookman and his daughter come to North America to make their fortune. Their lives and dreams intersect with those of Nichol, the project's foreman, whose lifelong ambition has been the union of Canada by a national railway.

As the characters grapple with love and violent death, they discover that they are defined by their culture and their circumstance.

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Tapestry OperaIron Road1/29/2019 - 1/29/2019
Tapestry OperaIron Road4/4/2001 - 4/28/2001


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
Opera Fund/Canadian Opera Creation Fund2003
Opera for a New America 1994

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:30

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Grand opera/musical

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 4 principal roles, 5 secondary roles, SATB chorus; 5 dancers; Orchestra: 37 players, including Erhu, Yangqin, Guzheng

Original Cast
Lai Gwan - Zhu Ge Zeng, James Nichol - Stuart Howe, The Bookman - Zheng Zhou, Ama - Grace Chan, Ah Lum - Jovanni Sy, Ah Charn - Henry Li, Donald Smith - Martin Houtman, Sir John A. - Curtis Sullivan, A Herder - Brian Duyn


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