MN Opera Announces 2017-18 Season: Mozart, Thaïs, and Dead Man Walking

Kelly Kaduce (l) seen here in last season's Tosca, will return for Thais in 2018 // Photo courtesy of Minnesota Opera

Kelly Kaduce (l) seen here in last season’s Tosca, will return for Thais in 2018 // Photo courtesy of Minnesota Opera

The Minnesota Opera has announced their five main stage performances for the upcoming 2017-18 season:

Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti (Oct. 7, 10, 12, 14, and 15, 2017), will be envisioned in 1950s Hollywood, with the lively farce centered around the declining career of a silent film star.

The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Nov. 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 19, 2017), perhaps one of the most well-known and well-loved operas of them all, the classic comedy of errors returns to the Ordway stage.

Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie (Jan. 27, 28, 30, Feb. 1, and 3, 2018). The most performed new opera of the 21st century, based on the memoir of Sister Helen Prejean that inspired the Oscar-winning film of the same name.

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi (Mar. 17, 22, 24, 25, 27, and 31, 2018) “La donna e mobile /qual piuma al vento.” It’s the classic tale of the disfigured jester protecting his daughter from the clutches of a lecherous duke.

Thaïs by Jules Massenet (May 12, 15, 17, 19, and 20, 2018). Rounding out the season: Kelly Kaduce (pictured, top) returns in the title role, the Egyptian courtesan whose attempted conversion by a lustful monk is source of tragic drama.

Season tickets are available for the upcoming season, as well as the final two shows of the current season, Dinner at Eight and La Boheme.

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