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Songs for Murdered Sisters

Jake Heggie, Margaret Atwood, and Joshua Hopkins
Streaming through May 31, 2021

Five years ago, Joshua Hopkins’s life changed forever when his sister Nathalie, along with two other women, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in a spree that is now considered one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Canadian history. In his grief, Hopkins conceived of this song cycle. Co-commissioned by HGO with Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra, with music by Jake Heggie set to poetry by Margaret Atwood, this powerful new work, directed by James Niebuhr, is Hopkins’s way of honoring his sister’s memory and speaking out against domestic violence.

Songs for Murdered Sisters is dedicated to the memory of Nathalie, Carol, & Anastasia and Pat Lowther & Debbie Rottman.


White Ribbon Pledge: 

Joshua Hopkins hopes that sharing this harrowing story through song will inspire other voices to take up the call in the future, providing hope and healing for countless families around the world who have been impacted by this global societal issue.

More immediately, Joshua challenges other men to own their responsibility to end gender-based violence. Please visit today and pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.

Help Joshua reach his goal of inspiring 10,000 men to take the White Ribbon pledge by sharing your commitment with the hashtag #WhiteRibbonSisters.


Joshua Hopkins Baritone
Jake Heggie Composer and Pianist 



James Niebuhr Director
Michael MacDonald Producer



Jake Heggie Composer
Margaret Atwood Poet
Joshua Hopkins Baritone
Patrick Summers HGO Artistic & Music Director


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Grand Underwriter

Diane B. Wilsey


Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation



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2020–21 Season

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the entire live, in-person mainstage 2020-21 season has been canceled. HGO patrons and subscribers who currently have tickets for the 2020–21 season will have their subscriptions moved to the following season automatically.

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