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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights opens in September. Its missteps give critics more reason to be skeptical.

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights opens in September. Its missteps give critics more reason to be skeptical.

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.

SDLqFidelio'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.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 12, 2014 G2

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