Edward Tulane

March 21-29

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All performances and events are cancelled—including Edward Tulane and Don Giovanni—as part of a community-wide effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Learn more at mnopera.org/COVID-19.

Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo
Music by Paola Prestini
Libretto by Mark Campbell

Lost Hearts Can Find Home Again

Edward Tulane is a toy rabbit who thinks of himself as quite exceptional. Content in his easy life, his world is upturned when he is separated from his loving family. Based on the best-seller by local author Kate DiCamillo, Edward Tulane takes us on a miraculous journey, from the depths of the deep blue sea to the streets of Memphis. Perfect for the young and young at heart, this elegantly whimsical Minnesota original shows us a true miracle—that if you open your heart, you can find home.

Language

Performed in English with English captions projected above the stage.

Runtime

Approximately two hours and 10 minutes with one intermission.

Age Recommendation

Edward Tulane explores complex themes such as death and loss and is recommended for children ages 8 and up. Children ages 6 and older are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. Each audience member must have a ticket.

Cast & Creative Team

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Synopsis

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Act I

One Christmas Eve, a young girl named Abilene receives a large stuffed rabbit from her parents as a gift. She instantly falls in love with the rabbit and calls him Edward Tulane…

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By Eric Simonson

We live in a day and age when some of our leaders are more inclined to inspire division and hostility than encourage love. So it comes as a welcome relief to be able to develop a new opera that is so immersed in love. Kate DiCamillo’s award-winning book, The

Kate DiCamillo Day

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Meet Kate

Kate DiCamillo is a #1 New York Times’ Bestselling author and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner in the children’s fiction category for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane that inspired the opera Edward Tulane. And she is coming to MN Opera!

Meet the Artist: Jack Swanson

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A Q&A with Jack

A native of Stillwater, Minnesota, tenor Jack Swanson has been hailed as one of the most exciting and in-demand new opera stars in the world, having spent the last few years traveling the globe and singing leading…

A Miraculous Journey

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A New Contribution to the Operatic Canon

Minnesota Opera’s commitment to creating new work over the years has resulted in a wide variety of unique stories seeing the opera stage for the first time ever…

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Orchestra Workshop

Support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ruth Easton Fund, the Aaron Copland Fund, Opera America, and Amphion Foundation

 

 

The commissioning of Paola Prestini for Edward Tulane received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

The production of Edward Tulane received funding from OEPRA America’s Opera Fund.

 

 

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