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Journey through a season of five unforgettable operas woven together by the power of the human spirit. Full of intrigue and infused with passion, these masterpiece performances will transport you to fantastical places and stir feelings unparalleled.

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  • Dale Johnson's Season Preview

    Artistic Director Dale Johnson looks ahead to the 2015–2016 season.


229x79_2015 Ariadne


 by Richard Strauss

September 26, October 1, 3 and 4, 2015

Sung in German with English translations projected above the stage.

When the wealthiest man in Vienna double-books a group of buttoned-up opera singers and a band of bawdy comedians as dinner entertainment, the fun begins. Ariadne and her fellow singers must perform their serious opera, now including the saucy comedy troupe’s antics. This opera-within-an-opera tickles your funny bone one minute and tugs at your heartstrings the next. Richard Strauss’ look at art, fidelity and love is at once divinely comic and achingly tender, enchanting audiences from the beginning to the last note.


229x79_2015 Flute15


 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

November 14, 15, 19 and 21, 2015

Sung in German with English translations projected above the stage.

A production of the Komische Oper Berlin; presented in coproduction with LA Opera.

Mozart’s timeless comedy sprouts wings and flies in this boundary-busting production by Komische Oper Berlin and the British theater group 1927. Fantastical, highly stylized and synchronized animation sets a surreal stage upon which a quirky cast of characters explore love, truth and the pursuit of enlightenment. Minnesota Opera remounts the show that thrilled audiences of all ages and still has the critics talking.


229x79_2015 Rusalka


 by Antonín Dvořák

January 23, 28, 30 and 31, 2016

Sung in Czech with English translations projected above the stage.

Rusalka, a beautiful water nymph, falls in love with a prince, sacrificing her voice in return for entry into his human world. But betrayal condemns her to eternal solitude. Dvořák juxtaposes the mortal and the mythical with beautiful folk melodies and luminous arias, including Rusalka’s heartbreaking “Song to the Moon.” Kelly Kaduce (pictured above) returns to the stage in a reprisal of Minnesota Opera’s critically acclaimed production.


229x79_2015 Tosca


 by Giacomo Puccini

March 12, 13, 17 and 19, 2016

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

A fiery prima donna, an idealistic artist and a manipulative chief of police find themselves entangled in a web of drama in this spellbinding classic. Tosca’s allegiance to her lover, Cavaradossi, is put to the ultimate test by the obsessive Scarpia who will stop at nothing to possess her. This magnificent tale of deceit, love and honor brims with sumptuous music and unforgettable arias.


229x79_2015 Shining



Music by Paul Moravec. Libretto by Mark Campbell. Based on the novel by Stephen King.

May 7, 12, 14 and 15, 2016

Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.

Stephen King’s best-selling novel comes to life in this suspenseful new opera by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell (Silent Night and The Manchurian Candidate). As the Torrance family settles in at the infamous Overlook Hotel, Jack comes face to face with his own demons – real and imagined. Will he be able to protect his wife and son from the evil forces within the hotel? This dramatic thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat with a dynamic musical score befitting King’s page-turner. Brian Mulligan (pictured above), who delivered a riveting performance in Hamlet, returns to Minnesota Opera to create the iconic role of Jack Torrance.


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