Manitoba Opera


Performances of Carmen Cancelled

Manitoba Opera announced on Monday, March 16, 2020 that the run of Carmen, scheduled for March 28, 31, and April 3, at the Centennial Concert Hall, would be 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.”


The sexy thriller that seduces the audience with every note.

Carmen can have any man she wants, and discards them as easily as she does the cigarettes she makes. When she seduces the proud young soldier Don José, only to cast him aside for the handsome bullfighter, jealousy ignites. José is pushed to the brink. Carmen’s tragic fate has been sealed.

Considered the most popular opera of all time, Carmen is brimming with very recognizable music including Carmen’s smoky Habanera, Don José’s Flower Song, and the rousing Toreador Song.



Georges Bizet


Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Sung in French with French dialogue; projected English translations. (Based on the story of the same name by French novelist Prosper Mérimée.)



(in order of vocal appearance)

  • Moralès – Johnathon Kirby
  • Micaëla – Lida Szkwarek
  • Don José – David Pomeroy
  • Zuniga – Giles Tomkins
  • Carmen – Nora Sourouzian
  • Frasquita – Lara Secord-Haid
  • Mercédès – Laurelle Czaplinski
  • Escamillo – Timothy Renner
  • Le Dancaïre – Johnathon Kirby
  • Le Remendado – Jean-Philippe Lazure
  • Lilas Pastia – Don Larsen