Fidelio opens soon!



This month, Beethoven’s only opera and his powerful ode to freedom, will be performed for the first time in Winnipeg, and will kick off Manitoba Opera’s 42nd season. Manitoba Opera has selected the great composer’s ode to freedom to commemorate the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in September. Beethoven worked on his masterpiece for 12 years, constantly revising and reshaping the work. 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of his final version of the opera which celebrates courage in the face of tyranny. Fidelio tells the story of the courageous wife Leonore and her plan to rescue her husband. She disguises herself as a man in order to gain access to the prison in which her beloved is being wrongfully held. Against all odds and at great danger to herself, she succeeds in seeing him set free. Conceived and staged by the acclaimed Serbian opera director Dejan Miladinovic, this production of Fidelio is set in a prison in Eastern Europe at the height of the Cold War offering a fitting celebration of the new museum. Fidelio will be sung in German with projected English translations above the stage. Performances on November 22, 25 and 28, 2014. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 204-957-7842 or go to