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Lower-than-expected box office revenues for the Manitoba Opera’s two productions led to a $161,483 loss in the company’s operating budget for the 2016-17 season.
The deficit incurred for Falstaff and Werther equals eight per cent of the Manitoba Opera’s $2.1-million operating budget, the company reported at its annual general meeting Tuesday evening.
"Falstaff and Werther are two magnificent operas, and we created impressive productions with wonderful artists. However, standard repertoire like these operas is getting more difficult to sell, not only in our community, but throughout North America," Larry Desrochers, the opera’s general director and CEO, says in a release.
Gifts and donations to the company keep it on firm financial footing, though, as it collected $718,610 in fundraising, the fourth-highest total in the company’s 44-year history.
Manitoba Opera registered success away from the stage as well during the 2016-17 season. It was one of only two Canadian opera companies invited to take part in the Opera America Civic Action Group, a newly formed association that focuses on new ways to engage community members through opera.
Last season, the company used its production of Werther to draw attention to mental health issues.
"The power of the human voice is transformative, and we are grateful to be part of the big conversations and social issues as explored through the timeless themes of our productions," Manitoba Opera board chair Elba Haid says in the release.
Next season’s scheduled operas are Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Nov. 18, 21 and 24) and Verdi’s La Traviata (April 14, 17 and 20, 2018) at the Centennial Concert Hall. Subscriptions are already available, and on Monday, single tickets go on sale at 204-944-8824, at the Manitoba Opera box office at the concert hall’s lower level or online at manitobaopera.mb.ca.