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World-Class Flamenco in Madrid  

Get a taste of the country that inspired Carmen by immersing yourself in the finest musical experiences Spain has to offer. Your exclusive journey to Madrid, Spain, for a once of a lifetime trip featuring world-class flamenco and opera. Your unique experience includes reservations for two for dinner and a show at Corral de la Moreria, the world’s most famous, exclusive, and prestigious flamenco tablao in Spain; two tickets to Madrid’s historical opera house, Teatro Real; and hotel accommodations at The Westin Palace for five days and four nights Don’t miss this expertly curated and unique travel experience, donated by opera lovers and very good friends of Minnesota Opera, Alberto Castillo and Judith Garcia Galiana.  

Flights not included 

Fair Market Value: $2500


Break Bread with Denyce Graves  

Experience a private dinner for two with opera superstar and director of Carmen, Denyce Graves, who has appeared on stages in leading theaters around the world, and MN Opera’s own President and General Director, Ryan Taylor. Enjoy an evening with the opera star at James Beard Award-winning chef Gavin Kaysen’s Spoon and Stable on April 11 or April 13 in the Twin Cities before Denyce’s directorial debut. This is the chance of a lifetime for any opera lover! 

Fair Market Value: Priceless 


Dinner and a Movie

Only one pair of seats remain for one lucky couple for a once in a lifetime date night! Board member and Film Producer, Elizabeth Redleaf will host a very exclusive dinner and select film screening in her exquisite Kenwood home that was featured in Architectural Digest. The gourmet five-course dinner, complete with indulgent wine pairings, will precede the private screening of a current or curated movie to be shown in Elizabeth’s state-of-the-art screening room, designed by LA decorator, Michael S. Smith.  Taking place just before the Oscars are presented, on Saturday, January 28th, 2023, the film selection will be sure to surprise and delight, for a truly wonderful dining and viewing experience that would make any movie lover envious.    

Donated by: Elizabeth Redleaf 
Fair Market Value: Priceless


Timeless Caribbean Elegance in St. James, Barbados  

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados resort welcomes you to this blissful corner of St. James, Barbados—the perfect hideaway for the perfect tropical holiday! Endearingly English, brazenly lush, sumptuously captivating, and secluded, yet elegant and inviting, The Fairmont is a luxurious retreat that surpasses expectations and offers spectacular views, world-class restaurants, water sports, and exemplary service. Spend five days and four nights in this sun-drenched paradise and you’ll find a vibrant culture, rolling green landscapes, a fascinating history, and so much more.  

Your trip for two includes:  

  • 5 days/4 nights accommodations at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion  
  • Daily complimentary breakfast  
  • All room-related taxes  
  • Complimentary yoga on Wednesdays and Fridays  
  • Complimentary use of single and double kayaks, snorkeling gear, paddle boats, sea floats, Hobie wave sailboats, and stand-up paddle boards  
  • Complimentary swim with the turtles
    (seasonal and only available when turtles are present) 
  • Complimentary use of tennis courts and fitness room 

Fair Market Value: $8,400 


Stage Manager for a Day  

Join Minnesota Opera’s production team and Stage Manager Emily Butzi for a fun, exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience of a select opera performance in the 2022–2023 Season. The Stage Manager for a Day experience will be available on a date to be mutually agreed upon between auction winner and production stage manager. Not valid on opening night performances.  

As Stage Manager for a day, you will:  

  • Be backstage with the stage manager and the stage management team 
  • Experience the magic of calling performance cues as you listen in on the action with your headphones  
  • Observe the stage management team in action managing the artists and crew backstage 
  • See the crew change the scenery from act to act

Fair Market Value: Priceless 

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