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Opera Night – (The Creation of) The Cremation of Sam McGee

December 8, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Come warm up and enjoy an informal evening of opera!

This group is utilizing the KIAC Ballroom as a studio space between Dec 4 – 11 to develop a new opera inspired by The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service. Contact events@kiac.ca if you’d like to connect with them during their stay! On the evening of Dec 8, they will present some of the work they’ve been doing in the Ballroom.

The Cremation of Sam McGee is chamber opera-in-development by composer Matthew Ricketts and librettist Royce Vavrek adapted from and further inspired by the poem by Robert W. Service. The opera not only dramatizes this canonical work of poetry, but investigates other moments of fraternity and industry in Canada’s northwest. For this Dawson City workshop, a small cast of four men play multiple roles in a number of stories not unlike those told around a campfire: Peter Monaghan (bass-baritone), Micah Schroeder (baritone), Elias Theocharidis (tenor) and Sean Haid (countertenor). In one narrative strand, two men are working at a mine site in the mid-1990s, whose downtime in the bush is spent regaling each other with drunken recitations of poetry learned in one’s childhood. Another story follows a hitchhiker in 1970s Whitehorse who seeks to return home to his home in Tennessee, and whose strange language suggests a man with a ghostly past. In a more contemporary strand, two manual labourers find themselves in a Dawson City bar on Christmas Day. Intermixed with these are scenes more directly inspired by Robert Service’s poem.

Free admission, cash bar. Co-presented with the Yukon Arts Centre.


December 8, 2022
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Category:


Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)


Age Restriction
All Ages
This event:
Will have bar service


Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)
902 2nd Avenue, Dawson City + Google Map
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