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Are you afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

A retelling of the well-known fairy tale incorporating music written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. While brother pigs Don Giovanni and Cherubino set off to make homes of sticks and straw, their sister, Despina, goes to the library to read up on "huff-proof, puff-proof" home construction. After Wolfgang Bigbad blows down the boys’ flimsy homes, they run to their sister’s sturdy new brick house quite ready to admit that going to the library and reading books is a pretty smart thing to do after all. Both opera lovers and opera newbies will delight in this family friendly show, for children ages 5-12. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. 


Sung in English

Performance is 35 minutes long


Admission is free, but registration is required to attend. 


For all Winnipeg Public Library locations, please click here to register. 


For library locations outside of Winnipeg, please contact the library directly to reserve your spot.

July 27 - Millenium Library, 2pm

July 29 - Windsor Park, 2pm

July 30 - Winkler, 3pm

July 31 - Fort Garry, 2pm

August 1 - Steinbach, 11am

August 2 - Morden, 10:30am *NEW DATE*

August 2 - Altona, 1pm

August 3 - Portage la Prairie, 11am

August 6 - Selkirk, 10:30am

August 6 - Munroe, 2pm

August 7 - West Kildonan, 2pm

August 8 - Pembina Trails, 2pm

August 9 - Harvey Smith, 2pm

August 10 - Gimli, 2pm

August 12 - Henderson, 2pm

August 13 - St. James-Assiniboia, 10am 

August 16 - Charleswood, 11am

August 20 - Osborne, 2pm

August 22 - St. John's, 2pm

August 22 - Louis Riel, 6:30pm

August 23 - River Heights, 2pm

Creative Team

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Sarah Jane Pelzer, Director

Sarah Jane Pelzer is a Canadian stage director and teacher based in Vancouver, BC. She has directed, assisted and taught across the country at Vancouver, Edmonton and Manitoba Opera, Opera on the Avalon, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Kelowna, the Victoria Conservatory and the VSO School of Music.


Favourite past projects include L’elisir D’amore for Burnaby Lyric Opera, and a staged version of David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion for the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program. 


Prior to her transition to directing and teaching, Ms. Pelzer was a performer and theatre-maker most known for creating the role of Jane Doe in the international award-winning musical Ride the Cyclone and as artistic associate and co-founder of SNAFU Dance Theatre.

Nicola Davies, Music Director

Collaborative Pianist Nicola Davies is equally at home playing opera, musical theatre, art song, and chamber music. Her theatre work encompasses well over thirty productions as music director and pianist, including Carmen with Opera Kelowna, La Bohème with Opera NUOVA as assistant conductor, and many musicals with various BC companies.  She works with the University of Manitoba Musical Theatre Ensemble and the Manitoba Theatre for Young People junior production. 


Nicola has instigated various projects over the years including Secondary Characters Musical Theatre, for which she was Co-Artistic Director for nine years. She is now the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Living Room Live, a house concert touring organization founded in 2018 to create intimate live music opportunities for classical musicians and audiences. She has also toured throughout western Canada with cello piano duo Nate & Nina. Her formal education includes a Masters in Collaborative Piano, Diploma in Voice Performance, Certificate in Conducting, and a Bachelor of Science.

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Meaghan Fletcher, Stage Manager

Meaghan has worked with the Black Hole Theatre Company in Winnipeg; managing Pith by Stewart Lemoine last year and Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen. In the past few months she has assistant stage managed RMTC's Lawyers Play, Mamma Mia; as well as travelling out to Edmonton to Stage Manage five shows for Opera Nuova. Meaghan recently graduated from the University of Manitoba as a voice major in The Desautels Faculty of Music, where she studied under the tutelage of Tracy Dahl. She also received a minor in theatre, with focus on stage management. Meaghan has performed in many professional roles around Winnipeg including: Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town (RMTC), Creamer in Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow Stage), Children’s Chorus in La Boheme (Manitoba Opera), and Hanna in Jason and Hanna (Manitoba Opera). Most recently Meaghan appeared in Masterclass as Sharon Graham at Opera Nuova.

Artists

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Janice Marple, Despina

Soprano Janice Marple completed her Masters of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Alberta. Currently based in Metro Vancouver, BC, she studies privately with teacher Marisa Gaetanne. Past opera roles with MUO include Nella in Gianni Schicchi, soloist in Female Fortitude, and soprano chorus soloist in Idomeneo. Her other operatic experience includes Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (cover), Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring, Atalanta in Handel’s Serse, First Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Venus in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers. She has also been featured as a Debut Soloist in VoiceScapes’ annual Sing Along Messiah in Calgary, as well as attending the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, the Opera on the Avalon Summer Music festival, and the Opera NUOVA Vocal Arts Festival. Ms. Marple placed first in the vocal category at the 2012 FCMF National Music Festival, and is the recipient of the Beryl Barns Memorial Graduate Award, Alberta Heritage Fund Scholarship, and Faculty of Graduate Studies Research and Travel Scholarships. 

Nikita Silagy Labdon, Cherubino

Nikita is thrilled to be returning to Underground Opera. She has just completed her undergrad in vocal performance at the University of Manitoba, studying under Monica Huisman. Previously Nikita has appeared with MUO as “Fortune” in The Coronation of Poppea, “Pappagena”, in The Magic Flute, and “Spirit” in Cendrillon. Other notable performances include “Cendrillon” in Cendrillon a concert version with New York Lyric opera, and “Cherubino” Marriage of Figaro, with U of M Opera scenes. When Nikita is not singing she loves going to the gym and spending time with family and friends.

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Adam Kuiack, Don Giovanni

A London, Ontario native, baritone Adam Kuiack enjoys a busy academic and performance schedule. He has sung in professional positions in multiple choirs in Ottawa and Toronto, most recently becoming a Sidgwick Scholar with the Orpheus Choir of Toronto, under the direction of Robert Cooper. Highlights of this season include appearances with the Theatre of Early Music, Lyrica Chamber Choir, and Manitoba Underground Opera. He has sung as the bass soloist in Messiah with OperOttawa, and as a soloist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and maestro Alain Trudel. Adam has ample choral and opera chorus experience and his role credits include Papageno, Escamillo, and Count Almaviva with uOttawa Opera. Adam has performed in masterclasses with esteemed artists including Donald Palumbo, Tracy Dahl, and Michael McMahon. He is a recipient of multiple scholarships from both uOttawa and UofT. He is currently attending the University of Toronto in the Master of Music – Opera Performance program, studying with countertenor Daniel Taylor. 

Kelly Robinson, Wolfgang Bigbad

Mezzo soprano Kelly Robinson is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with degrees in Music (Voice Performance) and Science (microbiology) as well as Berklee College of Music where she studied pop/rock vocals. She has performed with Rainbow Stage, the Manitoba Opera Chorus, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Most recently she appeared as Mad Margaret in Ruddigore (Winnipeg Gilbert & Sullivan Society) and as Mrs. Segstrom in Sondheim's A Little Night Music (Dry Cold Productions) as well as the voice of Frida in the animated series Lanfeust Quest (ABC Australia). Past roles with Manitoba Underground Opera include Zita in 2017’s Gianni Schicchi. She works as a singing teacher, voice examiner, and adjudicator and delights in the successes of her wonderful students.  She is grateful for all the love and support of her family, friends and mentors and is thrilled to be appearing with MUO in The Three Little Pigs.

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