Meet Baddeck’s “Flying Ace” J.A.D. McCurdy, one of Canadian aviation’s most esteemed pilots.His many experimental flights with the Bell “Aerial Experimental Association” led to the SILVER DART’s flight into history at Baddeck on February 23, 1909 – the first manned flight by a British subject in the British Empire. His historic flight from Florida to Cuba is an amazing tale of daring and wit, and a fine example of good Cape Breton spirit.
John Alexander Douglas McCurdy will be sung by Newmarket’s “Ace Baritone” Johnathon David Kirby, a can-do spirit, and a sincere and energetic performer. A graduate of the Dalhousie University Department of Music and recent performer with Opera Nova Scotia, Metro Opera and Toronto Operetta Theatre, Johnathon inhabits his characters fully – in fact he is really eager to meet the family and friends of JAD McCurdy when he comes to Baddeck – adding to his research for the role! Johnathon’s role is sponsored by the wonderful folks at the JAD McCurdy Airport!
From Johnathon: “So excited to be a part of this landmark composition and production of The Bells of Baddeck in a part of Canada I view as a second home. Can’t wait to fly into JAD McCurdy Airport!“