Archive for December, 2009


Melody, beauty, colour – that’s French opera! Don’s next course at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts explores three centuries’ worth of this magnificent art form. And it gets under way in just a few days’ time. You’ll enjoy recorded selections from more than 40 French operas, all the way from the Baroque splendours of Rameau, through the spectacular grand operas of Meyerbeer, Rossini and Spontini; the melodious, exotic operas of Gounod, Massenet and Delibes; the dreamy impressionist world of Debussy; and the cheeky comedies of Ravel and Poulenc. Featured singers range from such contemporary greats as Renee Fleming, Ben Heppner and Samuel Ramey, to “golden age” artists such as Joan Sutherland, Jussi Bjorling and Marilyn Horne. Video highlights include more than an hour’s worth of Bizet’s Carmen, and a complete production of Ravel’s delightful one-act fairy tale, L’Enfant et les sortileges (The Child and the Magic Spells).

Evening Course
Six Mondays, January 25 to March 8, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (No class February 15)
Daytime Course
Six Tuesdays, January 26 to March 9, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (No class February 16)

Bonus film screening:
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
The brilliant film makers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (the creators of the classic ballet film, The Red Shoes) transformed Jacques Offenbach’s grand opera into a phantasmagorical opera/ballet bursting with gorgeous, Oscar-nominated Technicolor imagery. Legendary dancers Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann and Léonide Massine perform the choreography of Sir Frederick Ashton, to a soundtrack conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.
Two screenings: Tuesday, February 9, 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm & 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

FEE: $80/$70 for members of Creative Retirement and students of the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts.
To enrol or for more information, call the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts at 204 943 6090 or email Due to class size limitations, we suggest enrolling at your earliest convenience.