In 1963, the commission of Minnesota composer Dominick Argento’s The Masque of Angels (pictured above) sparked the creation of a small Twin Cities opera company spotlighting the rare and avant-garde. Fifty years later, Minnesota Opera is a leading American company, admired as an innovative creator of compelling opera productions, programs and new works.

As it began its second half-century, Minnesota Opera honored its visionary roots with the premiere of Argento’s newly revised opera, The Dream of Valentino.

Minnesota Opera, led by President and General Director Ryan Taylor, Artistic Director Dale Johnson, and Music Director Michael Christie, combines a culture of creativity and fiscal responsibility to produce opera and opera education programs that expand the art form, nurture artists, enrich audiences and contribute to the vitality of the community.

Learn more about the company’s history and artistic philosophy.


The Mission of Minnesota Opera

Minnesota Opera changes lives by bringing together artists, audiences, and community, advancing the art of opera for today and for future generations.

The Vision of Minnesota Opera

Minnesota Opera will sing every story.

The Values of Minnesota Opera

Innovation, Inclusivity, Collaboration, Purpose