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Exciting News!

It has been almost a year since the world premiere of the Kootenay’s new opera, KHAOS.  We were extremely gratified by the tremendous support and enthusiastic response KHAOS received at that time and we hoped that meant there was a future for the new work beyond our efforts here in the Kootenays.

Since last spring we have been working to bring the work to the attention of the wider operatic world with a view to having it mounted by other opera companies.

This month our efforts have finally been rewarded – and in a very big way.

#1.  KHAOS will be one of only four new operas selected by New York based, OPERA America (the umbrella organization of North American opera companies and opera professionals), to be showcased at the NEW WORKS SAMPLER event of their annual Opera Conference – this year taking place in Vancouver, BC from May 7 to 11.  This conference is without doubt the best opportunity any new opera could hope to have for making itself known to the people best placed to consider mounting it by their own opera companies.



#2.  The Boston Metro Opera advised us a few days later that KHAOS had been selected by their “2013 International Composers Competition” to receive a “Directors Choice Award.”  Their website indicates that operas given this award will be performed by the Boston Metro Opera as part of the regular operatic season.

Click on the link to download the full news release.

Khaos News Release




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Welcome to the KHAOS  website.

Composer Don Macdonald and writer/librettist Nicola Harwood have  been commissioned by the Amy Ferguson Institute to write a full length opera called “KHAOS”, a re-imagining of the myth of Persephone and Demeter that reinforces our understanding of the seasonal cycles of death and regeneration. Set in a mythical present, KHAOS will highlight the voices of two central female characters, a central male character and be supported by  large chorus and orchestra.


KHAOS is slated to premiere in March 2012.

Subscribe to our online blog where you’ll be able to follow the path of this opera from conception to completion.

Listen to audio demos from composer Don Macdonald as he builds the musical component of this work and read about the development of the libretto under the pen of Nicola Harwood. The audio presented here is being used for demonstration purposes only. Since KHAOS is a work in progress the music should be considered ” in development”. The final work may be played by a large orchestra or small chamber orchestra but at the moment all musical examples are recorded with modern musical sampling software. Vocalists on the recordings are Don Macdonald and Allison Girvan.