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PREMIERE - MAY 18, 2016


Admission by donation. PWYC (pay what you can) at the door.

Singers of the COSI Connection, Darryl Edwards, Artistic Director

Members of Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra    

HPO’s “What Next Festival”

William Rowson, Resident Conductor

Christ’s Church Cathedral, Hamilton, Ontario

We gratefully acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

We gratefully acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Cast - In Order of Appearance


Roberto - Lyric Tenor           Ryan Downey

Nando - Bass                    Nathan Keoughan

Eugenia - Contralto             Charlotte Burrage

Susy - Soprano                  Andrea Nuñez

Supporting Roles:

Liliana - Soprano               Christina Bell

Carlitos/Roy - Mezzo-Soprano    Ana Paula Malagón

Daniel/Marcelo - Tenor          Matthew Cairns

Tintin/Sergio - Tenor           Jacob Abrahamse 

Gustavo/Javier - Baritone       Lawrence Shirkie

Armando/Police Captain          Quinn Mitchell

Audience Reaction to Miracle Flight 571 Concert Reading June 14, 2015

"….truly beautiful….overwhelming….tears in my eyes early on and throughout. My heart was pulled and stretched, then stretched a little more…then wrenched and battered repeatedly, then, and only then, soothed….a truly operatic experience, a truly wonderful experience."

Mark Kusnir writer

“….moving and so powerful….brilliant…."

Angela Joyce musician

“ Rarely does a performed work unite an audience with the same emotions — beautiful music, suspense and apprehension….an apt midwife for a prodigious atmosphere of intimacy, rapport and companionship.”

Rodney Gynn-Morris physician

“….achieved a dream-like quality around the spiritual issues of life and death, perseverance and sustenance of faith, love and connectedness that were such big themes in the book as well.”

Jan Wilson librarian

“I came to see the opera with (I confess) mixed emotions and fairly guarded expectations. It was, in my mind, one hell of a subject for an opera, one more likely to repel than to attract people. And I was wrong. I’ve been talking it up ever since, perhaps because it totally challenged my pre-conceived notions. Yes, it is gut wrenching and difficult material at times, but somehow the music and the performance transcended the overwhelming facts….”

Margaret Horsfield, writer