The Dream of Valentino

by Dominick Argento


“‘Valentino,’ the story of  ‘a man who lost his way,’ as June Mathis puts it, is surely to make its way into the operatic repertoire…”

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Fame is a dangerous dance.

A sultry young dancer is transformed from an unknown immigrant into a silent film sensation. His stardom blazes across the silver screen but is quickly consumed by the same forces that ignited it. Seduction and scandal swirl in Dominick Argento’s tango-tinged opera about 1920’s film star Rudolph Valentino, an artist discovered and destroyed by Hollywood.


Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.

A Minnesota Opera New Works Initiative Production.

Approximate run time is 1 hour 57 minutes, including one intermission.

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  • Synopsis

    Rodolfo Valentino has just arrived from Italy, and has found employment as a dancer in a Broadway dance palace. He recoils when one of his partners makes a provocative and inappropriate move. Insulted, the woman calls for the police…

  • Composer Biography

    Dominick Argento is considered to be America’s preeminent composer of lyric opera. At the Peabody Conservatory, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees…

  • Cast & Creative Team

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