At Home with MN Opera

During trying times, music has always served as a shining beacon of healing, refuge, and hope. At a time when we’re more isolated than we’ve ever been, we need each other—and music—more than ever. And Minnesota Opera will be here throughout the COVID-19 crisis with regular updates that include music to make you smile, MN Opera news and ways to connect with opera digitally, and fun quizzes, games, and trivia to help pass the time.

 

Support MN Opera and Protect its Future

As we find new ways of advancing our mission, thousands have been experiencing Minnesota Opera’s free online performances, and many of them have kindly been asking how they can help Minnesota Opera during this economically perilous time. In response, we have added a “Donate Now” button below. We thank you for your help.

 

2020 Digital Opera Series

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Music brings us closer together even when we’re far apart. From Minnesota Opera world premieres to time-honored favorites, experience these full-length Minnesota Opera performances as broadcasts on Classical Minnesota Public Radio or streaming on-demand here.

Sharing the Gift of Music

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Sharing music spreads hope especially during uncertain times, and no one knows that better than MN Opera Orchestra and Sphinx Virtuosi violinist Emilia Mettenbrink, who has been playing for her neighbors from her St. Paul balcony every day for the past month. Read more about her and see one of her concerts at the link below.

Be a Part of Our Next World Premiere

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Our youth ensemble Project Opera will premiere The Song Poeta new opera based on a memoir by St. Paul author Kao Kalia Yang. Recently, members of MN Opera’s education staff chatted via Zoom with Ms. Yang, along with composer Jocelyn Hagen and stage director Rick Shiomi, about the development of the piece and how you can get involved.

The MN Opera Word Search

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Looking for a bit of a distraction? Find all the opera-related words as fast you can with this MN Opera Word Search. Then pass it along to your friends and see who can get it done the fastest! 

Sew to Support

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During the fight against COVID-19 MN Opera staff and volunteers delivered over 10,000 masks to healthcare workers, vet technicians, grocery workers, and all the others who bravely serve our community. Learn more about the Sew to Support effort and its reach.

Stream MN Opera’s Doubt

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Now through June 22!

Doubt is based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play. Watch as suspicion ignites a battle of wills at a Bronx Catholic school in 1964. Music by Douglas J. Cuomo and libretto by John Patrick Shanley. Based on his play ©2005 and film ©2008.

10 Top Performances

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Looking to relive your favorite MN Opera moments at home? Check out these ten essential clips from our most beloved operas over the last several seasons. For years’ worth of more great MN Opera performances anytime, make sure to visit our YouTube channel anytime at youtube.com/MinnesotaOpera.

The Anatomy of a Scene

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Ever wonder how an opera scene comes together? Check out this video and get a behind-the-scenes look at everything it takes to make a scene come alive as it goes from the rehearsal room to the stage.

Get Puzzled

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Looking for a fun, brain-teasing activity to pass the time? See how fast you can complete this brandnew online MN Opera jigsaw puzzle. And extra points if you can guess the production!

La Traviata on Classical MPR

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Listen to Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s on-demand rebroadcast of 2019’s critically acclaimed production of Verdi ’s La Traviata! Boasting sumptuous, hummable melodies, this beloved opera is a timeless depiction of what it means to live and die for love.

Sing Your Heart Out

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Have you ever dreamed of getting on stage and singing in an opera chorus? Join MN Opera Chorus Master Andrew Whitfield as he takes you through each voice part of La Traviata’s famous “Brindisi” chorus and then sing along as you listen to the broadcast.

Opera Insights

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Enjoy a free, fun, and informative half-hour podcast with MN Opera Teaching Artist Pablo Siqueiros, which includes an overview of La Traviata.

Hone Your Inner Cook!

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Join MN Opera for an Italian-themed evening of opera – at home! Listen to the MPR broadcast of La Traviata while you enjoy fine Italian food and beverage.

2020-2021 Season Musical Highlights

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From Mozart’s virtuosic, showstopping “Martern aller Arten” from The Abduction from the Seraglio to selections from Minnesota Opera’s hit commission of The Shining, the 2020-2021 Season is full of musical gems. Check out some of the highlights here with these playlists.

The “Sleep” Chorus from Silent Night

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Recently, members of the MN Opera Chorus digitally came together to perform the “Sleep” Chorus from MN Opera’s Pulitzer Prize-winning world premiere Silent Night, along with conductor Andrew Whitfield and pianist Allen Perriello. 

It's Storytime!

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If you’re looking for a new bedtime story, look no further than Tess Weaver’s Opera Cat read by MN Opera’s Mitra SadeghpourJoin us as we bring Stories Sing!, our reading program, out of the library and straight into your home.

Go Backstage at the Opera

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Ever wonder what it’s like to be a costume designer at the Opera? Take a peek backstage and learn all about what goes into creating the gorgeous costumes and fabulous wigs that grace our stage.

Need a great read?

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Next spring, MN Opera’s Project Opera will present the world premiere of The Song Poetan opera based on local author Kao Kalia Yang’s story of her family’s journey from the mountains of Laos to the snowy streets of St. Paul.

Zoom Backgrounds

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Show your love for MN Opera at your next meeting or virtual chat with our new Zoom backgrounds. Photos from past MN Opera productions that have been formatted according to Zoom guidelines are now available for download.

MN Opera Crossword

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Ready for a crossword puzzle break? Test your opera knowledge with this Minnesota Opera-themed crossword puzzle.

Imagine Opera

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Want to learn more about the evolution of opera? Check out this guide with curated excerpts from five of the major eras of the artform: Baroque, Classical, Bel Canto, Romantic, and Modern.

Resident Artists Showcase MN Opera World Premieres

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Discover the best and brightest new opera talent in this recital featuring selections from operas that have all premiered at MN Opera, sung by four artists from the Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program.

Minneapolis costumers sew to save lives, making coronavirus face masks

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We couldn’t be prouder of our teams in the MN Opera Costume and Scene shops who are doing their part to help in this time of crisis by sewing masks for the healthcare workers serving on the frontlines.

A Sewing Army, Making Masks for America

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A New York Times Feature

We’re incredibly proud of our teams in the MN Opera Costume and Scene shops who are doing their part to help in this time of crisis by sewing masks for healthcare workers, truck drivers, grocery workers, and all the others who are bravely serving on the frontlines. Read all about them using their talents to help in The New York Times!

A New Work on the Horizon

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The Song Poet

Spring 2021 brings with it the world premiere of The Song Poet, a new youth opera based on the memoirs of St. Paul author Kao Kalia Yang (pictured). We sat down with Yang, composer Jocelyn Hagen, and stage director Rick Shiomi to talk about how they are bringing the first Hmong opera from the page to the stage.

You’re Invited!

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MN Opera Center Tour

Join us for a 360° virtual tour of the Minnesota Opera Center in downtown Minneapolis. Check out the impressive spaces where our sets are built, our costumes are sewn, and our singers rehearse.

Free Opera Streams

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Nightly Met Opera Streams

Did you know that our friends at the Metropolitan Opera are streaming encore presentations of their Live in HD series for free? You can tune in to operas from the comfort of your own home!

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