SSA chorus, SA soloists plus bass solo and tenor solo.
Scored for five musicians: violin, string bass, accordion,
bodhrán (Irish frame drum) and flute doubling on tin whistle.
Two excerpts from the opera have been published as separate treble scores: "On The Horizon" and "Worth Fighting For".
Both can be found on the compositions page for Treble: Unison and Two-Part.
See Lola Kovanic for opera rental and licensing:Lola.Kovanic@boosey.com

Shallaway's world premiere of Ann and Séamus - A Chamber Opera, Music & Libretto by Stephen Hatfield, Producer & Music Direction by Susan Knight, Stage Direction & Production Design by Jillian Keiley, Lighting Design by Robert Gauthier, Costume Design by Melanie Mooney and Fionnuala McMahon.

Performed by Shallaway: Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus.
Featuring Andrew Dale as Séamus Ryan and Robert Colbourne as Father George Harvey.

Stephen Hatfield's thoughts on Ann & Séamus

Photo by Chris Nicholas
Andrew Dale, who created the role of Séamus Ryan, with Kathleen Allan (left) and Allison Nicholas (right), who created the role of Ann Harvey.

A drawing by Allison Nicholas of Ann and Séamus: together, yet apart.

Unless otherwise indicated, the following frame stills are
courtesy of Rink Rat Productions and Cine Metu from the documentary,
"To Think Like A Composer."



"I'll be waiting, I'll be waiting for you."
Photo by Justin Hall

Photo by Justin Hall


Early morning at Isle aux Morts, Newfoundland: "It's the cod, it's the cod that we guts and splits abroad."


Ann has a premonition: "Look at the fire on the horizon."


On the Derry docks: "I learned to work, I learned to fight!"


Crossing the Atlantic: "The horizon never changes."


Rescue from the reef: "A boat! My God, they see us!"
Photo by Justin Hall


In praise of Ann: "No Sampson could do what our rescuer can!"


The lovers part: "You're going to forget me!" "Oh never, darlin' Séamus."
(NB: This audio file consists of two different passages joined together.)