Offstage: Georges Bizet’s Carmen

Producing opera in the modern day presents a unique opportunity to build productions reflective of diverse experiences, backgrounds, and communities. Minnesota Opera is excited to invite patrons, new and old, to an evening of thought-provoking conversation, drinks, and music. Join us for a discussion with our creative and production leadership about the incredible opportunity we have, exploring the nuance and complexity behind the beloved Carmen as we gear up for this new production at the Ordway, directed by Denyce Graves.

Happening at MetroNOME Brewery (289 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101), a new socially missioned brewery in Lowertown, St. Paul co-founded by renowned conductor Bill Eddins and Matt Engstrom. MetroNOME donates a portion of their proceeds and contributions to support music education groups in the Twin Cities metro area. To learn more about the founders and their mission, check out their profile on Beerdabbler. For more information about their venue, visit their website here. MetroNOME is a taproom, so there are no food options. Feel free to patronize the nearby St. Paul eateries and bring food to enjoy during our program. Attendance guarantees automatic entrance into a prize giveaway raffle! 



Wednesday April 27, 2022, 6–7:30pm CST
MetroNOME Brewery
289 5th St E
St Paul, MN 55101
All patrons will receive $1 off first pint upon arrival!


Health and Safety

Masks suggested, but not required. For more information, visit MN Opera’s Health and Safety page.



  • $5 parking is available after 3pm in the lot on the corner of Broadway and 6th
  • Laffayette Bridge parking is $2.50 until midnight

There will be on street parking options available on 5th St. E, The Famers Market, and on Broadway. The entrance to the brewery can be found via the Broadway St. Before arriving, please download the St. Paul Passport Parking app, so you don’t get a parking ticket!



Samuel Phillips, Access, and Civic Engagement Director, at [email protected] if you have questions about this event.

Carmen runs May 7–22 at The Ordway Center for Performing Arts. Learn more about the opera and tickets below.

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