750X400 SPH-TheSeason-2A dramatic ending to the 2014–2015 Minnesota Opera season, Carmen beautifully sets the stage for the excitement that lies ahead in the 2015–2016 season. You won’t want to miss a moment of what’s in store. 

We’ll open the Minnesota Opera season in September with a delightful production of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with Amber Wagner, a fabulously talented young soprano making her Minnesota Opera debut as Ariadne. Next, an encore presentation of the innovative 2014 production of The Magic Flute provides audiences one last chance to catch this critically acclaimed, groundbreaking show sure to capture the imaginations of the entire family. In January, after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we can allow ourselves to sit back and enjoy the lyrical beauty of Rusalka, banishing the harsh reality of winter with an ethereal, otherworldly set and Dvořák’s lush music. Then it’s on to Puccini’s Tosca—opera at its most operatic—a dramatic tour de force fueled by rich orchestration and unforgettable melodies.  Rounding out the 2015–2016 season is The Shining, a world-premiere opera based on Stephen King’s 1977 chilling novel. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec teams up with librettist Mark Campbell (Silent Night and The Manchurian Candidate) to bring this landmark psychological thriller by one of America’s most celebrated authors to the operatic stage. Adapted from King’s best-selling novel, this new opera explores the demons Jack Torrance battles in his titanic struggle to save his family.

You can also look forward to extraordinary debuts next season by world-class singers and the exciting return of some of our audience favorites including Brian Mulligan in The Shining, Brian Jagde in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Kelly Kaduce reprising her role as Rusalka. The award-winning Italian director Andrea Cigni makes his American debut on the Minnesota Opera stage with what promises to be an unforgettable production of Tosca.

It’s going to be season that celebrates the adventurous spirit for which Minnesota Opera is known: innovative productions, cutting-edge technology, world premieres and a varied repertoire that reflects the beauty of opera’s past, present and future. Season tickets are already on sale, so call today for best seating.

I look forward to seeing you at the Opera,


Dale Johnson

Artistic Director