Community Events

Community Events

We can’t wait to see you at one of our upcoming events in celebration of our 55th anniversary season!

  • Voices of Opera: Final Performance (Minneapolis)

    When: Wednesday, November 8 at 7pm

    What: Minnesota Opera is proud to announce its inaugural season of Voices of Opera! This opera chorus for adults 55+ will sing famous operatic excerpts and other choral favorites. This performance – the culmination of several months of rehearsal – will delight audiences of all ages.

    Where: American Swedish Institute • 2600 Park Avenue • Minneapolis, MN 55407

    How: This performance is free and open to the public. Due to limited space, RSVP required.

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  • Taste of Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

    When: Tuesday, November 14 at 5pm

    What: Enhance your opera-going experience with a Taste of Opera – a delicious pre-show meal and relaxed conversation with experts from the world of opera. Classical Minnesota Public Radio hosts an engaging look at The Marriage of Figaro with opera experts from Minnesota Opera as well as members of the cast and creative team. 

    Taste of Opera packages include an opera ticket (valued up to $200), a three-course meal with wine, transportation, and all gratuities. Already have an opera ticket? Add meal and transportation.

    Where: The Saint Paul Hotel • 350 Market Street • St. Paul, MN 55102

    How: To order, call Minnesota Opera Patron Services Coordinator Brian Johnson-Weyl at 612-342-9563, M-F, 10am-5pm. Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 12 at 5pm.

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  • Voices of Opera: Final Performance (Red Wing)

    When: Thursday, November 16 at 7pm

    What: Minnesota Opera is proud to announce its inaugural season of Voices of Opera! This opera chorus for adults 55+ will sing famous operatic excerpts and other choral favorites. This performance – the culmination of several months of rehearsal – will delight audiences of all ages.

    Where: Sheldon Theatere • 443 West 3rd Street • Red Wing, MN 55066

    How: Tickets on sale date TBD.

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  • Lavender Night Out: The Marriage of Figaro

    When: Friday, November 17 at 5:30pm

    What: Minnesota Opera invites Lavender readers to enjoy a special night out at the opera with specially priced tickets to our production of The Marriage of Figaro and drink specials from Vieux Carré before the show.

    Where: Vieux Carré • 408 Saint Peter Street • Saint Paul, MN 55102

    How: To order, please visit mnopera.org/lavender.

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  • MN Opera & MAYSO: "A Night at the Opera"

    When: Saturday, November 18 at 7pm

    What: Please join the Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra for their fall concert “A Night at the Opera,” featuring popular opera music. This is collaborative concert featuring MAYSO, Mankato Children’s Concert Choir & Melodia Women’s Choir, Musicorum, and Minnesota Opera.

    Where: Christ Chapel, Gustavus Adolphus College • 800 W College Ave • St Peter, MN 56082

    How: Tickets are $10. Buy online or at the door.

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  • Stories Sing!

    When: Friday, December 1 at 11am

    What: Watch as a professional opera singer gives a new perspective on reading as Minnesota Opera presents an innovative program bridging traditional storytelling and music. In Stories Sing!, a Teaching Artist will use songs and tools from the stage to enhance, inspire and help children engage in reading. Children and families will have a chance to sing along during this interactive hour as a book comes to life through the power of opera.

    Where: Inver Glen Library • 8098 Blaine Ave • Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

    How: Admission is free and the event is open to the public. 

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  • Project Opera Winter Concert

    When: Saturday, December 9 at 3pm

    What: Join us this December for Project Opera’s Annual Winter Concert. Hosted by Augsburg University, the performance will feature both our Ragazzi and Giovani groups performing works by Heggie, Dove, and Verdi as well as excerpts from our upcoming opera Odyssey by Ben Moore and Kelley Rourke. The concert will last approximately one hour and is free of charge.

    Project Opera is Minnesota Opera’s youth training program for talented young singers. Project Opera students also serve as the children’s chorus in Minnesota Opera main stage productions.

    Where: Augsburg University Hoversten Chapel 625 22nd Avenue South • Minneapolis, MN 55454

    How: Admission is free. A free will offering is appreciated

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  • Stories Sing!

    When: Tuesday, December 19 at 10:30am

    What: Watch as a professional opera singer gives a new perspective on reading as Minnesota Opera presents an innovative program bridging traditional storytelling and music. In Stories Sing!, a Teaching Artist will use songs and tools from the stage to enhance, inspire and help children engage in reading. Children and families will have a chance to sing along during this interactive hour as a book comes to life through the power of opera.

    Where: Westcott Library • 1340 Westcott Road • Eagan, MN 55123

    How: Admission is free and the event is open to the public. 

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  • Stories Sing!

    When: Thursday, December 21 at 2pm

    What: Watch as a professional opera singer gives a new perspective on reading as Minnesota Opera presents an innovative program bridging traditional storytelling and music. In Stories Sing!, a Teaching Artist will use songs and tools from the stage to enhance, inspire and help children engage in reading. Children and families will have a chance to sing along during this interactive hour as a book comes to life through the power of opera.

    Where: Wentworth Library • 199 East Wentworth Ave • West St. Paul, MN 55118

    How: Admission is free and the event is open to the public. 

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  • Behind the Curtain: Dead Man Walking

    When: Wednesday, January 17 at 7pm

    What: Get the inside scoop! Behind the Curtain explores the music, history, and production of each opera. Each event, held at the Minnesota Opera Center in Minneapolis, will feature talks and informative discussions with members of the cast and creative team.

    Where: Minnesota Opera Center • 620 North First Street • Minneapolis, MN 55401

    How: Tickets are $15. Available now!

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  • MN Opera @ Books & Bars

    When: Tuesday, January 23 at 5pm

    What: This open book club perfectly combines opera, literature, and beer! Join moderator Jeff Kamin and special guests, including Minnesota Opera President and General Director Ryan Taylor, for food, libations, and engaging conversations on books related to MN Opera’s 55th anniversary season. All are welcome to this moderated, opera-infused reinvention of the book club.

    Where: The Happy Gnome • 498 Selby Avenue • St. Paul, MN 55102

    How: Admission is free, but an RSVP is required.

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  • Dead Man Walking Film Screening at Trylon Microcinema

    When: January 24-25 at 7pm & 9:30pm

    What: Before you see the opera, come see the Oscar-winning film that inspired our upcoming production of Dead Man Walking, Jake Heggie’s heartbreaking modern classic and the most-performed new opera of the 21st century.

    Trylon’s base of operations, the Trylon Cinema, screens classic films six nights a week. They operate a pair of Century Model SA 35mm projectors with lenses for all film formats, as well as a state of the art NEC 2K DCI-compliant digital projector and 8 channel sound. Our auditorium has 100 seats (installed new in 2017), plus spaces for up to four wheelchairs.

    Where: Trylon Microcinema • 2820 East 33rd Street • Minneapolis, MN 55406

    How: Tickets on sale soon!

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  • Stories Sing!

    When: Monday, February 26 at 10:30am

    What: Watch as a professional opera singer gives a new perspective on reading as Minnesota Opera presents an innovative program bridging traditional storytelling and music. In Stories Sing!, a Teaching Artist will use songs and tools from the stage to enhance, inspire and help children engage in reading. Children and families will have a chance to sing along during this interactive hour as a book comes to life through the power of opera.

    Where: Westcott Library • 1340 Westcott Road • Eagan, MN 55123

    How: Admission is free and the event is open to the public. 

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  • Behind the Curtain: Rigoletto

    When: Wednesday, March 7 at 7pm

    What: Get the inside scoop! Behind the Curtain explores the music, history, and production of each opera. Each event, held at the Minnesota Opera Center in Minneapolis, will feature talks and informative discussions with members of the cast and creative team.

    Where: Minnesota Opera Center • 620 North First Street • Minneapolis, MN 55401

    How: Tickets are $15. Available now!

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  • Taste of Opera: Rigoletto

    When: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 5pm

    What: Enhance your opera-going experience with a Taste of Opera – a delicious pre-show meal and relaxed conversation with experts from the world of opera. Classical Minnesota Public Radio hosts an engaging look at Rigoletto with opera experts from Minnesota Opera as well as members of the cast and creative team. 

    Taste of Opera packages include an opera ticket (valued up to $200), a three-course meal with wine, transportation, and all gratuities. Already have an opera ticket? Add meal and transportation.

    Where: The University Club of St. Paul • 420 Summit Avenue • St. Paul, MN 55102

    How: To order, call Minnesota Opera Patron Services Coordinator Brian Johnson-Weyl at 612-342-9563, M-F, 10am-5pm. Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 12 at 5pm.

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  • Resident Artist Program 20th Anniversary Event

    When: Sunday, April 8, Time TBA

    What: The Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program 20th Anniversary Event honors the legacy and accomplishments of the company’s esteemed training program founded by Artistic Director Dale Johnson. Surprise guests perform an eclectic musical program that promises a memorable concert in support of the past, current and future members of the highly selective program for artists and administrators. The program offers a full season of employment for talented artists, bridging the gap between their formal education and the beginning of their professional careers, and has grown into one of North America’s premier training programs.

    Where: Concert Hall at the Ordway • 345 Washington St. • St. Paul, MN 55102 

    How: On sale date TBA.

  • Stories Sing!

    When: Friday, April 13 at 10:30am

    What: Watch as a professional opera singer gives a new perspective on reading as Minnesota Opera presents an innovative program bridging traditional storytelling and music. In Stories Sing!, a Teaching Artist will use songs and tools from the stage to enhance, inspire and help children engage in reading. Children and families will have a chance to sing along during this interactive hour as a book comes to life through the power of opera.

    Where: Farmington Library • 508 Third Street • Farmington, MN 55024

    How: Admission is free and the event is open to the public. 

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  • Behind the Curtain: Thaïs

    When: Wednesday, April 25 at 7pm

    What: Get the inside scoop! Behind the Curtain explores the music, history, and production of each opera. Each event, held at the Minnesota Opera Center in Minneapolis, will feature talks and informative discussions with members of the cast and creative team.

    Where: Minnesota Opera Center • 620 North First Street • Minneapolis, MN 55401

    How: Tickets are $15. Available now!

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  • Stories Sing!

    When: Thursday, May 3 at 10:30am

    What: Watch as a professional opera singer gives a new perspective on reading as Minnesota Opera presents an innovative program bridging traditional storytelling and music. In Stories Sing!, a Teaching Artist will use songs and tools from the stage to enhance, inspire and help children engage in reading. Children and families will have a chance to sing along during this interactive hour as a book comes to life through the power of opera.

    Where: Pleasant Hill Library • 1490 South Frontage Road • Hastings, MN 55033

    How: Admission is free and the event is open to the public. 

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  • Taste of Opera: Thaïs

    When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 5pm

    What: Enhance your opera-going experience with a Taste of Opera – a delicious pre-show meal and relaxed conversation with experts from the world of opera. Classical Minnesota Public Radio hosts an engaging look at Thaïs with opera experts from Minnesota Opera as well as members of the cast and creative team. 

    Taste of Opera packages include an opera ticket (valued up to $200), a three-course meal with wine, transportation, and all gratuities. Already have an opera ticket? Add meal and transportation.

    Where: Vieux Carré • 408 St. Peter Street • St. Paul, MN 55102

    How: To order, call Minnesota Opera Patron Services Coordinator Brian Johnson-Weyl at 612-342-9563, M-F, 10am-5pm. Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 12 at 5pm.

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