THE BELLS OF BADDECK – The Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell StoryDate: Sat, Jul 2 2016 - Tue, Aug 2 2016
Lauded for two years running as one of Destination Cape Breton’s top tourist highlights – The Bells of Baddeck – the Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell Story opens its second season in July 2016 featuring the very best of Canadian talent.
From kites and flights to schools and libraries, Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell changed the world. The Bells of Baddeck is the story of the great inventor and his wife who came to Cape Breton and fell in love with its people, music, and Gaelic charm. Deaf from childhood, Mabel never heard the ring of the telephone nor the roar of the Silver Dart, but she became one of the century’s most influential advocates for women, children, and the arts. Alec’s curious nature and brilliant mind led to multiple inventions, and his passion for music and family was at the heart of life at Beinn Bhreagh. Overlooking Baddeck Bay, the Bells found repose from the hectic life that followed the invention of the telephone.
The premiere of this newly created music-drama by Cape Breton native Lorna MacDonald and Newfoundland-born composer Dean Burry was met with sold-out shows and enthusiastic acclaim in 2015. Opera Canada called The Bells of Baddeck “a tour de force production… an exuberant musical tribute” – and this season promises to be even better! With pre-show talks exploring the family history and background of the story, surtitles for all performances, and three 4pm shows to accommodate those travelling further afield after the performance, the show will appeal to all family members! And Friday, July 8 will be a special benefit performance in support of ending child poverty.
As Musical Director Stuart Calvert aptly put it – The Bells of Baddeck is “our love song to Cape Breton”. Come to beautiful Baddeck and be a part of history!