Tempo – Young Professionals Group


What is Tempo?

Tempo is a membership program for both new and seasoned opera-goers ages 21-39. Your $50 Tempo membership includes exciting benefits to help you get acquainted with Minnesota Opera.

View the digital 2014–15 Tempo brochure here.


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Tempo Membership Benefits

As a Tempo member, you’ll enjoy:

  • Savings of up to 76% off of opening night tickets.
  • Invitations to Tempo Nights Out + After Parties.
  • Discounts on Tempo events and Behind the Curtain education classes.
  • Opportunities to meet the singers and creative team behind each production at select events.


Tempo Night Out Includes:

  • Up to two steeply discounted tickets for Minnesota Opera’s opening night performances. Purchase a 3-, 4- or 5-opera Tempo subscription and save even more! See pricing below. 
  • Opera Insights— free, fun and informative sessions held one hour before every show.
  • Admittance to the members-only Tempo Intermission Lounge.
  • Exclusive invitations to After Parties, where you can brush elbows with performers and other Tempo members in an entertaining and relaxed atmosphere.


Tempo Price Chart 2014-150

To purchase Tempo tickets or opera packages, call the Minnesota Opera Ticket Office at 612-333-6669, M–F, 10am-5pm.  


Tempo Special Events

Tempo has been building the next generation of opera-goers over the last decade through intimate, memorable and affordable experiences. Save the dates for our upcoming events!

  • 10.21.14 Tap into Tempo  Join us for beer with a side of opera from some of our favorite singers! We’ll preview the upcoming Minnesota Opera season and sample beers from the brewmasters at Fulton Brewery.
  • 11.11.14 The New Vintage Get a taste of the Twin Cities while sipping through a flight of wine with Minnesota Monthly Editor in Chief Rachel Hutton along with a guest panel of wine experts. Join Minnesota Monthly and Tempo at the Minnesota Opera Center from 6-8pm. Wine provided by Chuck Kanski of Solo Vino, eats provided by The Third Bird.
  • 1.29.15 Panoramic Happy Hour 5-7pm Mix and mingle with other young professionals representing over twenty organizations invested in the vitality of Downtown Minneapolis. Enjoy exclusive amenities and breathtaking views of the Cultural District while touring top floor luxury units in the brand-new LPM Apartments just off scenic Loring Park. Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be served. Event will feature a live DJ and special guest speaker. Tickets are FREE. Register by January 20 here.
  • 3.28.15 Cabaret: Cinecittà La bohème Join Minnesota Opera and Tempo in 1950’s “Fellini” Rome for the “filming” of La bohème. The fashion will be extravagant, the food will be fanciful, and the music from the opera will be synonymous with the unique combination of memory, dreams, fantasy and desire that have made Fellini films famous. DJ Jonathan Ackerman closes out the Italian-themed night with a dance party celebrating life and love!


Tempo Nights Out + After Parties

Your Tempo tickets give you access to the exclusive Intermission Lounge and After Parties immediately following these performances. All After Parties are included in the price of your Tempo tickets and hosted by Sakura, except the season-opener Red Hot Gold Rush After Party.

  • 9.20.14 La fanciulla del West
  • 11.1.14  Hansel and Gretel
  • 1.24.15  The Elixir of Love
  • 3.7.15  The Manchurian Candidate
  • 4.25.15  Carmen (Sold Out)

Tempo Night Out

Added Tempo performances! Please note: there will be no after parties following these performances.

  • 5.1.15 Carmen
  • 5.2.15 Carmen
  • 5.8.15 Carmen


Tempo Happy Hour + Behind the Curtain

Meet up at a North Loop neighborhood hot spot for cocktails and nosh. Then head over to the Minnesota Opera Center just blocks away for Behind the Curtain. Get the inside scoop as opera experts and members of the cast and creative team lead discussions exploring the music, history and design of each opera. Behind the Curtain events are ideal for first-time opera goers and long-term fans alike. Please purchase your tickets ahead of time; these events sell out quickly.

  • 9.8.14  La fanciulla del West
  • 10.13.14  Hansel and Gretel
  • 1.12.15  The Elixir of Love
  • 2.16.15  The Manchurian Candidate 
  • 4.6.15  Carmen – 5pm at Red Cow

Admission: Cash bar and food available for purchase at happy hour locations. RSVP required via tempo@mnopera.org. Behind the Curtain ticket $15/Tempo member, $35/general admission. Happy Hours begin at 5pm; Behind the Curtain events begin at 7pm.

Connect with Tempo on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the program? Call 612-342-9580 or email tempo@mnopera.org.


Tempo Board of Directors and Committee Member

Tempo represents the next generation of opera-goers and is vital to Minnesota Opera’s future success. If you would like to become more involved by volunteering, please consider joining the Tempo Board or a Committee of the Board.

The deadline to apply to serve on the 2015-2016 Tempo Board or a Committee of the Board is April 13, 2015. First, you will need to complete the Tempo Leadership Application and then you may be interviewed.

Ryan Alberg, Treasurer

Thomas Bakken

Maya Beecham

Leslie Carey, Marketing Chair and Membership Co-chair

Melissa Daul

Alexis DuPlessis

Kara Eliason, Membership Co-chair

Jennifer Engel, Chair

Laura Green, Programming Chair

Karsten Jensen, Staff Liaison

Claire Joseph

Kristin Matejcek, Staff Liaison

Faris Rashid

Chrissi Reimer, Secretary

Jana Sackmeister

Polina Saprygina

Rhonda Skoby, Vice Chair