There's big opera and there's little opera.  Of course, Winnipeg has it all.

The Little Opera Company of Winnipeg has focussed on chamber opera for the past 18 years.

What makes it special is that it has allowed emerging singers to sing alongside seasoned veterans, giving them a healthy start to their career.

According to publicist Rebecca McCauley, 'the Little Opera Company started out as one man's passion to make opera accessible to those who love it, and those who don't know they love it yet.'

That man is artistic director Spencer Duncanson. For him, the LOC is nothing short of a labour of love.

Little Opera Company

Margot Harding singing in a Little Opera Company show. (Norm Grywinski)

SCENE asked Duncanson what makes the Little Opera Company different:

1.  If you can spare the time we'll make it worth your while. The Little Opera Company can offer you a fantastic operatic experience and leave you time to talk about it over dessert and a drink.
 
2.  It ain't exactly opera like your grandparents may have told it...but man, it will speak to you.The LOC offers operas in English, based on contemporary stories and updated traditional themes.
 
3.  We're an acquired taste. We welcome first timers. Come in and try us and you're bound to want more!
 
4. We offer you real bang for your buck. The LOC offers one of the most affordable evenings of live entertainment in the city of Winnipeg. It's live, excellent quality opera at a good price.
 
5.  Give us a good voice and a desire to work hard and we'll give you a world class opera singer. A number of singers who have performed with the LOC are now performing on stages around the world including the Metropolitan Opera  House (Andriana Chuchman).

Hear Spencer Duncanson on the Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod on Saturday February 15. You can catch the LOC's Viennese Valentine that same evening, featuring the songs from Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow at 7:30pm in the elegant setting of the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Wellington Crescent.