We are thrilled to let you know about the 2016–17 Minnesota Opera season! Our current season features three operas never before seen on the Minnesota Opera stage, including one world premiere and one American premiere, as well as new productions of two classic operas. We hope you’ll agree that this is truly an exciting season!

Questions? Call the Minnesota Opera Ticket Office at 612-333-6669, M-F, 10am-5pm.

Individual tickets for all performances are currently on sale.

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Romeo and Juliet

CHARLES GOUNOD
SEPTEMBER 24, 27, 29, OCTOBER 1, and 2, 2016

Shakespeare’s immortal tale. Two young lovers, their relationship forbidden by clannish feuding, sacrifice everything to be together. This familiar romance has been imagined and reimagined in countless ways, from ballet to Broadway. French composer Charles Gounod gives a decidedly sumptuous, 19th-century spin to Shakespeare’s classic tale of passion and tragedy. Vibrant young singers breathe new life into the world’s most famous love story.

Sung in French with English Translations Projected Above the Stage

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Das Rheingold

RICHARD WAGNER
NOVEMBER 12, 15, 17, 19, and 20, 2016

Gold rules. Das Rheingold begins the story of the ring, which allows the wearer to rule the world, but at a heavy price – it means renouncing love. The theft of the ring sets in motion a tale of seduction, deception, greed, and betrayal that will eventually alter the order of the universe. This production features the Minnesota Opera Orchestra on stage as a dramatic central character, along with the larger-than-life cast of characters, reimagined with innovative video and staging.

Sung in German with English Translations Projected Above the Stage

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Diana’s Garden

VICENTE MARTÍN Y SOLER
JANUARY 21, 26, 28, and 29, 2017

Love will grow again. Minnesota Opera brings a rediscovered musical gem from Mozart’s era to the stage. Diana, the goddess of chastity, is the target of Cupid’s interference as he brings unwelcome love and passion to her sacred garden. Premiering the year after Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and with a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte (famed for Don Giovanni, Così fan Tutte, as well as The Marriage of Figaro), Diana’s Garden is a sparkling comedy filled with witty social commentary on sexual freedom and political power.

Sung in Italian with English Translations Projected Above the Stage

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Dinner at Eight

Music by WILLIAM BOLCOM
Libretto by MARK CAMPBELL
Based on the play by GEORGE S. KAUFMAN and EDNA FERBER
A WORLD PREMIERE NEW WORKS INITIATIVE PRODUCTION
MARCH 11, 16, 18, and 19, 2017

You’re invited. Manhattan socialite Millicent Jordan plans a lavish dinner party for visiting English nobility, unaware that her guest list abounds with invitees linked by business intrigues and romantic entanglements. In adapting the witty and biting depression-era play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer William Bolcom (A view from the Bridge, A Wedding), and renowned librettist Mark Campbell (Silent Night, The Shining) have created a winning new work that successfully weds American musical comedy and opera.

Sung in English with English Captions Projected Above the Stage

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La Bohème
GIACOMO PUCCINI
MAY 6, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 21, 2017

As timeless as love itself. Puccini’s poetic masterpiece has made its mark as one of the most popular operas in the world. Simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking, this compelling tale of love among impoverished young bohemians is simply unforgettable. Lose your heart to La Bohème’s indelible blend of music and theater as we follow the story of Parisian artists, surviving on only friendship and the promise of love.

Sung in Italian with English Translations Projected Above the Stage

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Check mnopera.org regularly for the latest show information. Casting information, videos and more will be added throughout the year.

 

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