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For Manitoba Opera, being part of the community extends beyond the works presented on stage.

 

Community engagement activities and initiatives provide context for the stage productions and demonstrate the relevance of opera to our 21st century lives.

Manitoba Opera serves the community in a variety of ways that are not directly related to a season production, but provide opportunities for a broad spectrum of people to experience opera in a wide range of forms.

 

Events are Free of Charge

Unless Indicated Otherwise  |  Registration is Required

La Cenerentola: A Mid-Century Modern Fairy Tale
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Thursday, October 6
7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Location: Manitoba Museum Auditorium, Lower Level,190 Rupert Avenue

Presented by Set Designer/Director of Production, Sheldon Johnson and Jason Robbins, Architect MAA, FRAIC

The scenery for Rossini’s La Cenerentola, designed by MO Director of Production, Sheldon Johnson, is inspired by Mid-Century Modern (Modernist) Architecture. Through visual presentation and conversation, architecture Jason Robbins and Sheldon Johnson will discuss Winnipeg’s strong connection with the mid-century modern movement, an overview of the ideas behind this period of architecture, and insight into how the period inspired the design for our production.

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Understanding The Music
Saturday, October 22
11 am (doors open at 10:30 am)
Location: Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) Classroom

Presented by Dr. James Maiello, Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music
This presentation will situate the opera and its music within the broader musical landscape of the period and in the cultural milieu of 19th-century Romanticism.  Rossini’s opera will be examined as part of the European fairy tale tradition and as a cornerstone of the bel canto repertoire.

 

Beyond Cinderella and The Brady Bunch:
Lessons that Therapists have Learned Along the Way About Stepfamilies
Sunday, October 23
12 pm (doors open at 11:30 am)
Location: Centennial Concert Hall, Sound Bites Corner
Live and livestream

Link to livestream: https://youtu.be/GhJNooCNTog

Presented by therapists Carolyn Klassen and Ellie Jack
Stepfamilies have often been idolized or demonized in traditional and popular culture—either evil or cute. It’s not that simple. Families that come together with a mix of children and parents that come from and formed their own family first are complex and challenging—and potentially beautiful. Two therapists who have personal and professional experience working with “two-families-who-are-also-one-family” will share strategies and principles to better understand the challenge of bringing two families together. From changing the language that is used, to understanding roles and priorities of each parent, there is a way through this complex process.

 

Opera Primer
Sunday, October 30
2 pm (doors open at 1:30 pm)
Location: CMHR Classroom

Presented by Dr. Scott Miller, Education & Community Engagement Coordinator
An hour-long presentation on the composer and synopsis that will include video and audio excerpts.

 

SIT IN ON THE SITZ & CHAT WITH THE DIRECTOR
Available To Donors at The Sustainer Level ($100+)
Tuesday, November 8  6:15pm
Orchestra Left, Centennial Concert Hall

Join General Director & CEO Larry Desrochers in conversation with director Rob Herriot.
Following the chat, sit in on the Sitzprobe – the first working rehearsal for the singers and orchestra together.

Light refreshments will be served
Register by Thursday, November 4
To Register: 204-942-0489 | emiller@mbopera.ca

 

PRE-SHOW CHAT
Saturday, November 12 Orchestra Right
Tuesday and Friday, November 15 and 18  Piano Nobile

Presenter: Rob Herriot, director
A 20-minute presentation held a half-hour before curtain at each performance.

 

1950s FASHION DISPLAY

Presented in conjunction with the Costume Museum of Canada
Take a trip back to 1950s fashion. Think poodle skirts, cinched-in waistlines, polka dots, and slim skirts. Fashion vignettes curated by the Costume Museum of Canada will be on display throughout the Concert Hall during La Cenerentola.

Show Us Your 50s Look!
Patrons are encouraged to come to La Cenerentola dressed in 1950s fashion attire.

 

1950S DANCE DEMONSTRATION

The world of 1950s dance reflected the evolution of the times: they were innovative, enthusiastic, and fun.
Head over to the Piano Nobile at intermission to see a sample of dance from that era and even try out a few steps yourself!

 

KINDNESS KITS DRIVE

In recognition of Angelina’s (the main character in La Cenerentola) unflagging capacity for kindness, Manitoba Opera is inviting patrons to join us in showing some kindness to community members who need a hand.

Please consider donating items for our Kindness Kits which will be donated to Siloam Mission, Main Street Project, and Lighthouse Mission.
Donations can be dropped off in the lobby at all three performances or at the office, Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm beginning November 1.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

  • Underwear (all genders, NEW only)
  • Light jackets and sweaters (all genders, all sizes)
  • All hygiene items including feminine hygiene products
  • Towels
  • Dental floss
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Backpacks and sunglasses
  • Men’s jeans (sizes 28-34 waist)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” —Steve Maraboli

 

For more information or to register:

Scott Miller  |  204-942-7470  |  smiller@mbopera.ca

“Thank you for making our visit memorable and encouraging for all of us. You can be sure the communities and families of these refugees will hear of your hospitality.”

 

Fadel Alshawwa, Welcome Place

“Thank you so much for choosing us as one of the venues for the tour! We are so grateful and the kids had an amazing time!”

 

Amanda Sanders,
Library Assistant
Thompson Public Library

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