Center Opera 60th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday – January 9 – 6:30pm  
Luminary Arts Center

On January 9, 1964, Center Opera made its debut at the Guthrie Theater. An avant-garde company and the offshoot of the Walker Art Center, Center Opera would come to be known as the Minnesota Opera. 60 years later, we celebrate that important evening and the collaboration that endures between these important arts organizations.

You’re invited to toast the new year with the leaders of the Guthrie Theater, MN Opera, and the Walker Art Center on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of opening night of Center Opera.  The celebratory gathering will feature musical performances by tenor Andrew Stenson–Nemorino in our upcoming The Elixir of Love–and MN Opera Resident Artists. Additionally, a panel discussion with Joseph Haj, Ryan Taylor, and Mary Ceruti will be moderated by MN Opera’s immediate Past Board Chair Nadege Souvenir. The group will reflect on the shared history of their organizations as cultural visionaries that make Minnesota an extraordinary incubator for the arts – and on this community’s shared interest in the risks, rewards, and impact of creating new work.   

This event is free to you as a benefit of being a loyal patron of the arts. Registration is required.  


To register by phone, please call MN Opera Patron Services at 612-333-6669, M-F, 10am-5pm.  

Event Timeline

6 PM
Doors and concessions open for social hour

6:50 PM
Celebratory toast (hosted bubbles)

7 PM
Musical program and panel discussion

8 PM
Event concludes

Program Features

Special welcome from Gale Sharpe 

MN Opera Resident Artists will perform a musical program with selections from then and now  

Panel discussion with arts leaders Mary Ceruti, Joseph Haj, and Ryan Taylor moderated by Nadege Souvenir 

Mary Ceruti
Walker Art Center Executive Director

Joseph Haj
Guthrie Theater Artistic Director

Ryan Taylor
Minnesota Opera President and General Director

Nadege Souvenir
Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation Chief Operating Officer

Luminary Arts Center
700 North First Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

The Luminary Arts Center is a play space dedicated to amplifying the power of discovery and uncovering originality with liberated imagination. Creative. Equitable. Honest. Innovative.  The Luminary is owned and operated by MN Opera.  

Located directly next to the MN Opera Center. For directions and parking click here.  

For questions, please contact Kristin Matejcek at [email protected].  


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