Free Simulcast – Sept. 20, 2014

Rice Park, St. Paul, Minnesota

For the first time in its history, Minnesota Opera presents a free outdoor simulcast of its season-opening performance of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. Bring a picnic, family, and friends and enjoy a relaxed autumn night to remember. Food and beverages available for purchase. This event is free, but reservations are required.

Sung in Italian with English captions presented on the screen.

Run time is 3 hours, including two 20-minute intermissions.

Arrive early! The first 500 people will receive a free Minnesota Opera fleece blanket.

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  • Event Details

    Where: Rice Park (in front of The Ordway), St. Paul, MN

    Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014


    6pm – Gates open and video entertainment begins

    7pm –  Opera Insights preview by Head of Music Rob Ainsley

    8pm – Simulcast begins

    Parking & Directions: Read more…


    Tickets are free, but registration is required. Limited tickets will be available the night of the simulcast. Print your ticket at home, show us the email on your phone, or access your tickets via the Minnesota Opera app* to enter the event space.

  • Food, Drink, and Entertainment

    Several food trucks,  vendors and entertainers will be in Rice Park the evening of the simulcast.

    Food Trucks:

    Stanleys on Wheels

    Big Bell Ice Cream


    B52 Sliders

    West Indies Soul


    O’Garas — Beer, wine, juice, soda


    Abrakadoodle – Children can create gold coins and pendant necklaces at this craft station.

    Magician Star Newman – You won’t believe your eyes as rock magically turns into gold! 

    Craig Carlson – Watch this entertainer who has performed on Late Night with David Letterman.

    The Big Fun Show – Mississippi Pete will join the festivities for rope spinning and magic.


  • Frequently Asked Questions


    Accessible Seating

    An area will be reserved for accessible seating. Please arrive early to ensure a spot.


    Wristbands will be given to those people whose IDs indicate they are at least 21 years of age. You must have a wristband to purchase alcoholic beverages, which must be consumed within the park perimeter. You may not bring your own beverages.


    You can enter the simulcast area at every corner of Rice Park.


    Pets are not allowed in Rice Park during the event. Service animals allowed.


    Portable restrooms will be available outside near the corner of 4th and Market.


    A large number of chairs will be provided, however some will be reserved for accessibility seating. Guests are welcome to bring their own folding chairs.

    Street Parking

    Parking on the street surrounding the event will be unavailable. Please use a nearby parking lot. More information on parking.

  • Weather Policy

    The weather is always a consideration, and one that we can never predict. There is no rain date for this event – the simulcast will occur in rain or shine. 

  • Synopsis

    Castro claims he ran away from the outlaws, but is secretly luring the men away supposedly to show his former boss’ hideout so that Johnson (really Ramerrez) can hold-up the saloon. Johnson and Minnie exchange pleasantries. He ignores the signal from Castro to commit the robbery and agrees to meet Minnie at her mountain retreat.

  • Cast and Creative Team

    Read more about the performers on the stage and people behind the scenes.

  • The World of La Fanciulla del West

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The simulcast of La fanciulla del West is made possible due to the generous support of the Knight Foundation and the St. Paul Cultural STAR.


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*The Minnesota Opera App will be released by September 12, 2014.


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