Manitoba Opera

Nov 14, 2012

Verdi’s Masterpiece, RIGOLETTO Opens Manitoba Opera’s 40th Season

The richly layered tale of the court jester and Gilda, his daughter by the great Italian composer,Giuseppe Verdi, will open Manitoba Opera’s 40th season at the Centennial Concert Hall Saturday, November 24 (8 pm), Tuesday, November 27 (7 pm), and Friday, November 30 (8 pm).

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Oct 29, 2012

Contract Extended for General Director & CEO, Larry Desrochers

Manitoba Opera announced today that the Board of Trustees has extended the contract for Larry Desrochers, General Director & CEO, for another three years, expiring June 30, 2015. Mr. Desrochers has held the senior administrative and artistic position with the company since November 2000.

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Oct 23, 2012

Manitoba Opera Presents Hearing the Story – The Genius of Verdi with Metropolitan Opera’s William Berger

Hearing the Story, the Genius of Verdi with special guest speaker, the Metropolitan Opera’s William Berger will be presented by Manitoba Opera, Saturday November 10, beginning at 1:30 pm at the Manitoba Museum Auditorium. Presented in conjunction with the upcoming performances of Rigoletto at the Centennial Concert Hall, November 24, 27, and 30, this hour-long presentation is free, but registration is required. To register, phone 204-942-7470 or email

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Aug 22, 2012

Manitoba Opera Posts Surplus for 2011/2012 Season Despite Shortfalls in Box Office and Fundraising

Manitoba Opera announced yesterday evening at its Annual General Meeting (AGM), held at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg, that the company posted a surplus of $40,852 on an operating budget of $1,576,247 for the year ending May 31, 2012.

The surplus was possible as the result of cost cutting and a significant bequest that offset a shortfall in ticket and fundraising revenues. This marks the 10th time in the last 12 seasons that Manitoba Opera has ended the season in the black.

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Apr 17, 2012

We Celebrate Our 40th Season with two Verdi Masterpieces

For the 2012/13 season, our 40th season, two Verdi masterworks – Rigoletto and Aida – will be the featured main stage productions presented at the Centennial Concert Hall.

Rigoletto, the richly layered tale of the court jester and his daughter, with its veritable hit parade ofarias, duets, and ensembles, will open the season November 24, 27, and 30, 2012.

The grandest of grand operas, with spectacular pageantry and emotional intimacy, Aida (pronounced EYE-E-DUH), returns to Manitoba Opera for the first time in over a decade with performances April 13, 16, and 19, 2013.

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Apr 11, 2012

Fiona Reid to Replace Mary Walsh as the Duchess of Krackenthorp

Manitoba Opera announced today that one of Canada’s most respected and talented actresses, Fiona Reid, will replace Mary Walsh as the Duchess of Krackenthorp in the upcoming production of The Daughter of the Regiment, April 21, 24 and 27, at the Centennial Concert Hall.

Ill health has prohibited Ms. Walsh from joining the cast in the cameo speaking role as the outspoken Duchess.

“We are very sorry that Mary will not have her operatic debut with Manitoba Opera and wish her a speedy recovery,” said Larry Desrochers, General Director and CEO. “And we are very pleased that Fiona Reid was available to step in on short notice. The cast, and all of us at the company, are looking forward to working with her.”

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