Opera Gala 2013

Minnesota Opera launches the next 50 years with Opera Gala 2013.

September 21, 2013

The Saint Paul Hotel

Harvey T. McLain
Honorary Gala Chair

Virginia Stringer
Gala Chair

Indulge your decadent side at the Opera Gala 2013 on opening night of the Minnesota Opera season. The French-inspired dinner and after party will take place at the historic Saint Paul Hotel. Gala attendees will socialize under a star-lit sky, enjoy an elegant black tie dinner, and after toasting the cast of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, return to a transformed space for the “French glam” ZsaZsa Magnifique! after party, co-presented with Minnesota Opera’s young professionals group, Tempo.


When & Where

The Opera Gala takes place on September 21, 2013 at The Saint Paul Hotel and The Ordway.

The evening’s events begin at The Saint Paul Hotel, move on to the Ordway for Manon Lescaut, and then return to the Hotel for a grand after party:

  • 4:30pm – Valet Parking Begins
  • 5pm – Black Tie Social Hour featuring Minnesota Opera Orchestra’s, Four Voices String Quartet
  • 5:45pm – Dinner and Fund-a-Dream Reverse Auction
  • 8pm – Curtain for Manon Lescaut.
  • After the performance, Gala attendees will enjoy some bubbly with the artists at the VIP Champagne Reception, and then join the already buzzing ZsaZsa Magnifique! opening night after party in the Promenade Ballroom.


Gala Reservations

Gala dinner ticket: $375/person ($180 is tax-deductible. Does not include Manon Lescaut opera ticket.) Individual table for eight: $7,500 (Includes eight performance tickets to Manon Lescaut.) Corporate tables and sponsorships are available starting at $7,500. Please call for details.

To purchase tickets to Opera Gala 2013, please contact Emily at eskoblik@mnopera.org or call 612-342-9553 .

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a contribution to Opera Gala 2013, please consider a Fund-a-Dream gift in support of the Resident Artist Program.



Minnesota Opera’s Resident Artist Program (RAP), now in its seventeenth year, is nationally acclaimed for its exceptional training of a select group of artists in the early stages of their careers. These educational efforts also extend to talented young conductors, directors, stage managers, accompanists, voice coaches and artistic administrators.

The results of the RAP have been impressive. Minnesota Opera’s graduates now sing on the great opera stages of the world. They bring new energy to the art form, and with your help, they will be the new stars of tomorrow. Please consider a donation. This important mission will be featured in the live reverse auction.

To make a gift, please contact Emily at eskoblik@mnopera.org or call 612-342-9553.



Official Jeweler of Opera Gala 2013




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