Paris. London. New York. And now, Winnipeg! Little Opera Company is proud to present La Tragédie de Carmen, Peter Brook’s radical reworking of Georges Bizet’s opera, in the intimate setting of the Théâtre Cercle Molière. Gypsy Carmen is a sizzling seductress, but play with her and you will get burned. Naïve young soldier Don Jose falls for her, leaving his homespun sweetheart Micaela in pursuit of a life of crime and lust with Carmen and her band. But when Carmen callously drops him for Escamillo the strutting bullfighter, jealousy ignites and Don Jose is pushed to the brink. Passions intensify and burst into an emotional bonfire that threatens to destroy them all.Peter Brook’s gripping adaptation brings Bizet’s opera back to its origins of sexual intrigue, power, and complexity. In this distilled 90-minute production, Carmen’s embrace of her dark fate is elevated from an act of submission to an assertion of power.Visceral and explosive, this production explores the boundaries of where opera and theatre.
Christmas with the Little
Opera Company & Friends
Friday, December 1, 2017 @ 7:30PM
First Presbyterian Church
61 Picardy Place
‘Tis the season for music, friends and good will! To help boost your festive mood, Little Opera Company has gathered some of Winnipeg’s finest musical talents for a holiday concert to kick off your Christmas season.Emceed by local legend Fred Penner, Christmas with the Little Opera Company and Friends will feature a mix of soloists, duets and choirs, covering both traditional and contemporary songs, mostly seasonal with some surprises! Songs will include O Holy Night, The Twelve Days After Christmas, Every Valley from Messiah and more!
Opera Shorts Cabaret
Friday, March 2, 2018 @ 7:30PM
Saturday, March 3, 2018 @ 7:30PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church
603 Wellington Crescent
Join Winnipeg’s own Little Opera Company for a lively evening of opera and revelry in a cabaret setting. Featuring a mix of well known names from Winnipeg’s music community, along with a number of up and comers, Little Opera Company’s Opera Shorts is the perfect introduction to opera for those who are unfamiliar with the art form, and an entertaining performance for long-time opera lovers.The evening will feature A Tall Order by John Greer (Winnipeg, MB), The Confused Castrato by Michael McKay (Winnipeg, MB), and La Casati by Bryce Kulak (Edmonton, AB) and Erin Shields (Montréal, QC). Short comic opera A Tall Order depicts the first dinner date of a contemporary young courting couple, while The Confused Castrato is about a young man who has been altered to sing the role of a woman singing roles designed for pubescent young men, but now he is being called upon to sing the role of a man- can he measure up? Rounding out the evening is La Casati, inspired by The Marchesa Casati painted in 1919 by Augustus John. It is the story of a socialite who has practically exhausted all her wealth. John, a painter to whom she was patron, has a heart to heart conversation during a long overdue visit about the reality of her life at this point. They reminisce, filling the audience in on her opulent past and resigned present existence.