With a mission to change people’s lives through the glory of opera, Manitoba Opera, the only full-time opera company between Toronto and Calgary, has been performing grand opera for over four decades. Established in 1969 by Founding President Justice Kerr Twaddle and a group of individuals dedicated to presenting the great works of opera to Manitoban audiences, the company has established a reputation for the discovery and development of young artists and for stellar casting. Manitoba Opera has embraced all aspects of its mandate throughout its history, producing a range of repertoire as well as producing new Canadian works and the commissioning of a new work, Transit of Venus, in 2007. Currently, two full-scale productions are presented at the Centennial Concert Hall in November and April, as well as a number of community engagement initiatives throughout the season.
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