Opera hon­our­ing hu­man-rights mu­seum

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

FOR the first time in its 42-year his­tory Man­i­toba Opera will present Beethoven’s ode to free­dom, Fide­lio, next Novem­ber in hon­our of the open­ing of the Cana­dian Mu­seum for Hu­man Rights. “Fide­lio’s themes of per­sonal sac­ri­fice and hero­ism and the strug­gle for lib­erty and jus­tice will of­fer a fit­ting cel­e­bra­tion of the Cana­dian Mu­seum for Hu­man Rights,” stated Larry Des­rochers, Man­i­toba Opera’s gen­eral di­rec­tor and CEO in a press re­lease. Beethoven’s only opera — which cel­e­brates courage in the face of tyranny — will run Nov. 22, 25 and 28 at the Cen­ten­nial Con­cert Hall. The famed com­poser worked on the piece for 12 years and this year marks the 200th an­niver­sary of his fi­nal ver­sion in 1814. This ver­sion is set in a prison in East­ern Europe at the height of the Cold War. The cast will in­clude Ileana Mon­tal­betti, David Pomeroy, Va­le­rian Ru­min­ski, Kristo­pher Ir­miter and Win­nipeg­ger Lara Secord-Haid. The 2014-15 sea­son’s other pro­duc­tion is Tu­ran­dot, the Puc­cini favourite known for its Nes­sun Dorma aria. It will run April 18, 21 and 24 with Mlada Khu­do­ley, who sang Salome here in 2011, singing the role of the icy princess. Sea­son tick­ets are now on sale.

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