Taste of Opera



Enhance your opera-going experience with a Taste of Opera – a delicious pre-show dinner and relaxed conversation with experts from the world of opera. Classical Minnesota Public Radio hosts an engaging look at each production with special guests from Minnesota Opera. Leave the logistics to us and enjoy an all-inclusive evening out! 

Taste of Opera: Ariadne auf Naxos

Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s John Birge hosts this Taste of Opera, an insightful look at Ariadne auf Naxos, with special guests stage director Alan E. Hicks and conductor Michael Christie.



John Birge



Alan E. Hicks



Michael Christie






Faces Mears Park
373 N Sibley St
St. Paul, MN 55101


Thursday, October 1st

Dinner and Program at Faces Mears Park
373 N Sibley St, St. Paul, MN 55101

Transportation to Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St., St. Paul, MN 55102

Ariadne auf Naxos Performance
Return transportation provided immediately following the opera


FACES Mears Park, helmed by executive chef David Fhima, is a modern American restaurant combining French Cuisine with a heavy Moroccan, Spanish and Mediterranean influence.

First Course – Organic Dinner Salad

Second Course – Choice of Salmon, Chicken or Moroccan cous cous (vegetarian)

Dessert – Petit Fours with coffee service

Wine – Choice of Red or White


Taste of Opera packages are $85 per person and include an opera ticket (valued up to $200), a three-course dinner paired with wine, transportation, and all gratuities.

Already have an opera ticket? Add dinner and transportation for just $55.

To order, call Minnesota Opera Ticket Office Assistant Brian Johnson-Weyl at 612-342-9563, M-F, 10am-5pm. Space is limited. Please reserve your tickets by 5pm on Thursday, September 24.


Parking is available on the streets and lots surrounding FACES. Cray Plaza Ramp is on 5th street between Jackson and Sibley and is the nearest parking option to FACES Mears Park.