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Modern Theatre in Context: A Critical Timeline

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The poet George Frederick Cameron's four-act opera highlighting Kingston's Royal Military College, Leo, the Royal Cadet, with music by the Kingston composer and conductor Oscar Telgman, premieres at Martin's Opera House in Kingston on July 11 and is later toured by Telgman in Canada and the U.S. In contrast to the actual stark realities of the subsequent South African War, Leo fights the Zulus, wins a Victoria Cross and returns triumphantly into the arms of his love Nellie. Cameron's libretto is first published by John Henderson, a local book seller, in 1889. One of the most popular Canadian light operas with music for chorus, 16 solo voices and orchestra, Leo, the Royal Cadet continues to be produced until after the First World War and reaches its 150th performance in 1925.