Wednesday, May 27, 2009

An opera in the making ...inspired by the life of Joseph Brant

Opera Hamilton has received a $50,000 grant to be used towards a commissioned work of the life of Joseph Brant - the contemporary opera will be called Tyendinaga and is being written by Toronto composer Tomas Dusakto. It is hoped that Opera Hamilton will have it on the 2010-11 season.

This is not the first time the dramatic life of Joseph Brant has inspired an artistic work about his life. In 1898, author and member of the Ontario Historical Society J.B. MacKenzie, wrote the play "Thayendanegea: an Historico-Military Drama". If you are interested in reading this play, the Burlington Central Library has a copy in the Burlington History Room. Readers can enjoy perusing it in library.