‘Rigoletto’ at Minnesota Opera: Who’s Laughing Now?

A loathsome politician uses his power to prey on women, indiscriminately hopping from one dalliance to the next, abetted by the very people he’s likely to hurt. But enough about current events. The Minnesota Opera has a good show going on right now. Their penultimate main stage performance of the season is Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” imagined … [ Read more]

‘María de Buenos Aires’ offers passionate opera and sultry Argentine tango

From its sultry setting in a Buenos Aires barrio to its score brimming with expressive tango, “María de Buenos Aires” is not your typical opera, and the Mill City Summer Opera is not your typical opera company. Rather than staging its sixth annual opera production on a classic proscenium stage positioning the audience directly in … [ Read more]

MN Opera to branch out from Ordway for 55th Season

The Minnesota Opera will present three new concerts and one extra full stage production, in addition to their five main stage operas, to commemorate their 55th season. The 2017-18 season will include a departure from their home at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, for a staging of Fellow Travelers at the Cowles Center in June 2018. … [ Read more]

Classical Conditioning: Attracting new blood to the world’s oldest performing arts

Should you dress up to go to the opera? Unlike some other companies, Minnesota Opera hasn’t taken a position on the question. They haven’t felt they need to, said Minnesota Opera president and general director Ryan Taylor. Some traditional operagoers, Taylor said, feel they need to clearly state, “This is a substantial piece of art, … [ Read more]

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

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. … [ Read more]

‘Rheingold’ shines at Minnesota Opera

Greed and power, love and revenge. All the elements of tremendous drama are on display at the Minnesota Opera’s production of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold. The second performance of the 2016-17 season is an ambitious venture into Wagner’s “Ring Cycle,” which, as Minnesota Opera President Ryan Taylor told us earlier this season, “Any company that begins to … [ Read more]

Young, Vibrant, and Bold: The 2016-17 Minnesota Opera Season

“I started my career here, in the resident program,” says Ryan Taylor, the new President & General Director of the Minnesota Opera. “This was one of the three markets, that I’d always said, I’d really like to live there. It’s such a great community for the arts and such a special place in the heart of the … [ Read more]

The Shining at the Minnesota Opera

A hotel in a blizzard. All work and no play. Lloyd the bartender. Room 217. The boiler room. Croquet mallets smashing through doors. One man’s descent into madness. The Shining made its world premiere from the Minnesota Opera at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts Saturday, May 7—a mix of dazzling multimedia and heartfelt, frantic vocals. You … [ Read more]

Tosca at the Minnesota Opera

Hope and optimism, sincerity and faith—it’s amazing how much can be undone by jealousy and a couple poor decisions. That’s the lesson from Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” now playing at the Minnesota Opera. The Ordway Theater is a perfect venue for this grand melodrama in three acts. The set dressing, both striking and minimal, underscores the … [ Read more]

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20