Dream what no one else dreams…

From kites and flights to schools and libraries, Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell changed our world. THE BELLS OF BADDECK shares their story and the trials and tribulations that shaped their lives and work.

Reinvented LIVE Production for 2022!

On August 2, 2022, the centennial of Bell’s death, THE BELLS OF BADDECK opened at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. With a new prologue and technological design, this live production features immersive projection techniques and is performed by a fantastic Canadian cast.

What they’re saying about The Bells of Baddeck…

“Extremely well done. The Alex G Bell history was very informative. The music and vocals were breath taking. This show is a must see!” 

Keith MacIntosh
Bradford, ON

“Brava to ALL, on a splendid performance of this wonderful show. It was thoroughly enjoyed. Every aspect of the show was so well done. Wonderful cast, wonderful writing, direction and musical direction. Solid voices, very well conveyed story-telling! The creative team and cast of this show deserve the best of praise.”

William MacLellan
Halifax, NS

“We went to see Bells of Baddeck – and discovered a broadway calibre production that tells the story of Alexander and Mabel Bell via outstanding musical performances – situated appropriately at the famous Bell Museum! It was a great way to learn about Baddeck and its historical connection to the Bells. I love how they have music and history combined! A must see!”
EC – Wasaga Beach, On

“The premiere production was a successful blend of mostly original opera, some Celtic music, speech (in the Singspiel tradition) and even a bit of barbershop quartet harmonizing… The piece appeals with its historical seriousness and the lightness of humor, and romance… a dream Canadian project.”

Opera Canada

“Bells of Baddeck is a marvelous show by a terrific cast! Really a must for anyone curious about the lives of Alexander Graham Bell and Mabel Bell! I was deeply moved by the powerful story telling and the beauty of the music. As a Bell descendant I heartily recommend it!”

Graham Sullivan
Manchester, NH

2022 Production – Photo: Corwin Ferguson

Meet the Creators

Lorna MacDonald, Creator & Librettist

Born in Port Morien, Nova Scotia, soprano Lorna MacDonald enjoys a career of distinction as Professor of Voice, Head of Voice Pedagogy and the Lois Marshall Chair in Voice Studies at the University of Toronto. Since childhood, Lorna has been fascinated with singing, teaching, and history, culminating in The Bells of Baddeck as its creator, librettist, and producer.

Composer and librettist Dean Burry was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland but grew up in the town of Gander. In 1998, while working as an educator with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, he was commissioned to write The Brothers Grimm, his first opera, which has since been performed over 500 times.

Dean Burry, Composer