CMP Review 2023-11-24

CMP Review 2023-11-24

November 24, 2023

Two nights ago, Serafina and I went to see the amazing production by Manitoba Opera Li Keur: Riel’s Heart of the North. It is the first full-scale Indigenous-led opera presented on a Canadian opera mainstage.

The libretto, by Métis poet Dr. Suzanne M. Steele, tells a dramatic story (some historical fact, some historical fiction) of Louis Riel in the 1870s. Spoken and sung in five of the languages spoken in Manitoba: Southern Michif, French-Michif, Anishinaabemowin, French, and English, it was a treat for the ears as well as the eyes. The Winnipeg Symphony orchestra was marvellous, the costuming and set design were superb, and the choreography was incredible!

Some of our local Charlotte Mason homeschool friends took part in this production (the mom @daniellekirpluk was in the chorus and two of her girls were in the children’s chorus). It was amazing to see them in action!

This was a once in a lifetime experience and we are thrilled we were able to attend. It is so great when local history comes to life in this way!

Tonight is the final show. If you are in the Winnipeg area, go grab yourself a ticket!