Manitoba Opera Cancels Fall Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Manitoba Opera in Winnipeg has canceled the autumn portion of its 2020-21 season.

The Canadian company announced that in order to maintain the safety of its patrons, artists, crew, staff, and volunteers, and due to the Province not reviewing the re-opening of large venues like the Centennial Concert Hall until September, the company will not be able to resume performances.

Additionally, the company noted that social distancing measures for the audience in the Centennial Concert Hall reduces the number of available seats to sell and as a result, producing large-scale productions is not economically viable at the moment.

The production affected by this cancelation is “Sweeney Todd,” which was scheduled for November.

The company, however, announced that the staff has developed plans for artistic, community engagement, and education programming. Some events will be online, some live, and others will be a combination of both, depending on circumstances.

Manitoba Opera is still scheduled to present “Tosca” in April 2021.