Opera News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 15, 2007

MANITOBA OPERA'S WORLD PREMIERE OF TRANSIT OF VENUS TO BE BROADCAST ON CBC RADIO'S
SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE OPERA DECEMBER 1, 2007

The world premiere performances of Manitoba Opera's Transit of Venus will be broadcast on CBC Radio's long-running program, Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, Saturday, December 1, 2007. The program begins at 1 pm CST on 98.3 FM.

The world premiere of Transit of Venus, composed by Victor Davies with libretto by Maureen Hunter, will kick off Manitoba Opera's 35th season with three performances: Saturday, November 24, Tuesday, November 27, and Friday, November 30 at the Centennial Concert Hall. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone: 253-(ARTS) 2787, or online at www.ticketmaster.ca.

Transit of Venus is the first opera commissioned for main-stage production in the history of the company and is based on the internationally acclaimed play of the same name by Hunter. It is a love story of destiny and desire that explores achieving your potential and following your destiny versus being with the people you love. Inspired by the real-life expeditions of 18th century French astronomer, Guillaume le Gentil de la Galaisiere, this three-act opera will be sung in English.

The all-star cast features Russell Braun (Le Gentil), Judith Forst (Madame Sylvie), Jean Stilwell (Margot), Monica Huisman (Celeste), and Colin Ainsworth (Demarais). It will be conducted by James Meena and directed by Larry Desrochers who directed the play when it premiered at MTC in 1992.

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