COVID-19 Information

Manitoba Opera
Offices Closed to the Public




Wednesday, March 18, 2020



We were all disappointed to have to cancel our production of Carmen in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The creative team were well on their way to preparing an excellent production and by the robust ticket sales for the production, we know you too were excited to see Bizet’s beloved, thrilling opera.

At present, every arts organization in Canada has cancelled or postponed performances. The financial ramifications for the Canada’s national arts sector will be massive. At Manitoba Opera, we are now working hard to avoid significant losses on the 2019/20 season.

How can you help?  When reviewing the options below for your Carmen tickets, please consider donating the cost of your ticket(s) back to Manitoba Opera for a tax receipt.  The value of each ticket turned into a donation will help immensely to reduce our projected losses from this cancellation.

For those of you who wish to receive a refund, the Board of Trustees voted to suspend our no refunds policy so that our patrons may allocate those resources to other needs in their personal lives.  In a time of crisis, we believe that our strength lies in our community pulling together to help one another.

We thank you for your loyal patronage and we appreciate your understanding as we navigate these troubled times.   We want you all to be safe, and we know we will sing for you again soon.



Monday, March 16, 2020





MARCH 28, 31, APRIL 3, 2020




Manitoba Opera announced today that the run of Carmen, scheduled for March 28, 31, and April 3, at the Centennial Concert Hall, has been cancelled following the recommendations of the Province of Manitoba’s public health authorities to limit gatherings larger than 250 in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

“I want to thank our patrons, supporters and stakeholders for their patience as we organized ourselves in preparation for this announcement,” said Larry Desrochers, General Director & CEO. “Of course, this decision is a disappointment to both patrons who were looking forward to the production and the artists who were eager to perform, but clearly necessary in this time of crisis.”

In the coming days, Manitoba Opera will be in communication with Carmen ticket holders with more information about options for their tickets and appreciate their patience during these unprecedented circumstances.

The company has also postponed the Gala Reception honouring Tannis M. Richardson to the fall and will be providing more information on this event as it is finalized.

The Dinner at DeLuca’s event May 14 is still on schedule to occur, but advisories from public health officials will be monitored over the coming weeks and if necessary, that will be postponed as well.


Monday, March 16, 2020



Manitoba Opera’s Board of Trustees is meeting Monday evening and we will have an announcement after that time.

Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented circumstances.


Friday, March 13, 2020


Currently, there are no plans to cancel performances.

We are closely monitoring the developments of the Coronavirus outbreak both locally and globally, and we are observing updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Manitoba Health. The PHAC continues to assess the public health risk associated with COVID 19 as low for the generally population.

Until this assessment changes, or until a directive is issued by the appropriate authority, it is our plan to proceed with our three scheduled performances of Carmen. The Centennial Concert Hall (  has increased its cleaning protocols and they should be contacted directly to speak to those efforts.

We realize this is a changing situation and as such are monitoring reports from Public Health Agency of Canada on a daily basis to comply with directives they provide.

For more information, contact the Box Office at 204-944-8824.

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MET Opera Live Streams

Met to launch “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure.

A day after canceling upcoming performances due to concerns around the coronavirus, the Metropolitan Opera announced that it would stream encore presentations from the award-winning Live in HD series of cinema transmissions on the company website for the duration of the closure. The new offering will begin on Monday, March 16 with the 2010 HD performance of Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and starring Elīna Garanča in the title role and Roberto Alagna as Don José.”


Click Here to Learn More About the Metropolitan Opera’s Live Streams