WINNIPEG — Manitoba Opera posted a surplus to end its 45th season, while also increasing its revenues and audience attendance.
At its annual general meeting on Tuesday night, Manitoba Opera reported a $10,995 surplus on a budget of $2,358,152.
Total box office revenues were also up by 32 percent to $666,131 from $502,797 in 2016-17. Fundraising from all campaigns reached an all-time high of $914,417, increasing by 19 percent over 2016-17.
To assist with the Opera’s production of La Traviata, more than $90,000 in special gifts were raised.
“I am so proud of the company’s work this season, both on the stage and in the community,” said Elba Haid, chair, Manitoba Opera Board of Trustees. “Our productions were so well received by patrons, and we are so appreciative of the generous support from individuals, corporations, and the public sector.”
The company also presented Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini earlier in the season, which ran in November 2017.
A season of legends, lovers, and laughs will be presented by Manitoba Opera in 2018-19. Mozart’s Don Giovanni, considered to be one of the greatest operas ever written, will open the season November 24, 27, 30, 2018, and Rossini’s funny and frenetic opera, The Barber of Seville, will be presented April 6, 9, 12, 2019.
Subscriptions are now on sale and single tickets for both productions go on sale Monday, August 27 by calling (204) 957-7842 or online.