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A banner year for the Manitoba Opera.

The Manitoba Opera says its 45th season, which ended May 31st, received unparalleled artistic acclaim and posted a surplus of nearly $11,000.

Larry Desrochers is the general director and CEO of the opera. He listed a few factors involved in making this past season so successful.

"Great attendance, great fundraising, two fabulous productions with incredible lead sopranos... and a broad range of community engagement activities around each show," he said.

Money raised through the opera's fundraising efforts reached an all-time high last season, as well.

Desrochers says fundraising is a big part of what they do, and says having a good product on stage helps lever support.

"When people like the work and they find the work meaningful or beautiful or it touches them in some way, it makes it easier to raise money to support it."

Box office revenues were up 32 per cent compared to the 2016/17 season, and the Manitoba Opera also received increased funding from a Canada Council for the Arts operating grant.

Desrochers says the surplus helps them reduce the debt they've been carrying.

The Manitoba Opera held its annual general meeting earlier this week.

The 2018/19 season opens November 24th with Mozart's Don Giovanni.