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Deantha Edmunds-Ramsay

Program and component
Creating, Knowing and Sharing, Short-Term Projects

Community
St. John’s, Newfoundland

Field of practice
Music

Grant amount
$55,000

Fiscal year
2020–21

A Unique Opera Experience That Highlights Inuit Legends and Musical Traditions

A woman in a fur-trimmed coat stands outdoors.
Deantha Edmunds-Ramsay Photo: Justin Oakey

Inuk classical singer Deantha Edmunds-Ramsay is creating Ingutak, a one-of-a-kind opera in Canada that will inspire audiences to embrace diverse and challenging cultural experiences.

Defining what Canadian opera looks and sounds like

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, resident Deantha Edmunds-Ramsay is the first and only Inuk classical soloist and recording artist in Canada. Written by Ramsay, Ingutak is the story of an urban Inuk woman who was adopted and raised by a non-Indigenous family in the South. Through a journey of self-discovery, she reconnects with her land, culture and community. Sung in English and Inuktitut, Ingutak delves into traditional Inuit legend and confronts contemporary issues that resonate with Indigenous people.

Opera from an Indigenous perspective

Historically, Indigenous artists have lacked full creative autonomy over their own stories in the operatic medium. Ramsay’s Ingutak is a Canadian opera completely owned, developed and directed by Indigenous creators. Inuit Elders, knowledge-keepers, artists and heritage teachers from Nunatsiavut—an autonomous Inuit region in northern Labrador—will also collaborate on the project and contribute to the growing body of distinct and engaging music emerging from Indigenous people across Canada.

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