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Manitoba Opera opens its new season; Sweet Alibi launches second full-length record

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 Winnipegger Nikki Einfeld - pictured here in Manitoba Opera's 2012 production of The Daughter of the Regiment - will sing the role of Norina in Don Pasquale.

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Winnipegger Nikki Einfeld - pictured here in Manitoba Opera's 2012 production of The Daughter of the Regiment - will sing the role of Norina in Don Pasquale. Photo Store

The success Manitoba Opera has enjoyed in the past decade has been dizzying. In 2000, the organization stood at the precipice of disaster, carrying an accumulated debt of $654,000.
Flash forward to the organization’s August 2013 annual general meeting, at which it was announced it had finished its 40th anniversary season in the black and was carrying just $59,000 debt.


Apart from smart bookkeeping, the company has also done a tremendous job at marketing opera to a new and now-faithful audience and, of course, it has mounted some exquisite productions.


This season should be no different. It kicks off this weekend, when Don Pasquale opens a three-show run on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. at Centennial Concert Hall.


Written by Gaetano Donizetti, the opera debuted in Paris in 1843. It tells the story of Ernesto, a young man who loves a girl named Norina, who is also being wooed by Ernesto’s uncle, Don Pasquale. Ernesto must find a way to win his lover’s hand while ensuring he isn’t disinherited by his uncle.


The Winnipeg production is directed by Rob Herriot and stars Peter Strummer in the title role, Nikki Einfeld as Norina and Michele Angelini as Ernesto.


Don Pasquale will also be performed on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. at the Concert Hall. Tickets cost between $130.50 and $22.25 and are available at the Manitoba Opera box office, by calling 204-944-8824 or by email at boxoffice@manitobaopera.mb.ca


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The Wailin’ Jennies, Chic Gamine, Oh My Darling, Sweet Alibi...


The list of Winnipeg, roots-based folk/pop groups fronted by women is impressive. Any one of these four acts can fill local clubs and concert halls on their own.


This week, the spotlight shines squarely on Sweet Alibi, the trio of Michelle Anderson, Jess Rae Ayre and Amber Quesnel.


This Wednesday, Nov. 20, these three multi-instrumentalists and singers will celebrate the release of their second, full-length album, We’ve Got To...


Featuring a rich, soul-infected sound courtesy of producer Rusty Matyas (singer/songwriter/guitarist with Imaginary Cities), We’ve Got To... represents a huge leap forward for Sweet Alibi.
Find out for yourselves at the West End Cultural Centre.

Tickets are $15 in advance at the WECC, Music Trader, Ticketmaster and the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store, or $20 at the door.


Showtime is 8 p.m., doors open at 7:15 p.m. and The Bros. Landreth will open.

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