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Minnesota Opera

Minnesota Opera Center
620 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

ToursStudent Dress Rehearsals & Group SalesCareer DayGetting There

The Minnesota Opera's mission is to produce opera and opera education programs at the highest artistic level that inspire and entertain our audiences and enrich the cultural life of our community.

Learn more about the history of the Minnesota Opera at www.mnopera.org/about

Performances are at the Ordway, 345 Washington St, Saint Paul, 55102


Take A Tour

Come and see where opera comes alive in Minnesota! Free tours are available for school groups, clubs or individuals.

Housed in an award-winning refurbished historical building, the Minnesota Opera Center is located in the warehouse district of Minneapolis. In one building you can see where the costumes are built, sets are constructed and the artists rehearse. The Opera Center houses three rehearsals spaces, a scenic and props shop, costume department and administration offices. Come and get a unique behind-the-scenes look at the world of professional opera.

Location: Minnesota Opera Center, 620 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Located in downtown Minneapolis, near the Mississippi River between the Hennepin and Plymouth Ave bridges.

Contact Person: Jamie Andrews, Community Education Director
Contact Phone: 612-333-2700
Contact Email: andrews [at] mnopera [dot] org
Tours are scheduled per request. Please allow at least three weeks notification prior to your visit.

Cost: free

More information online at www.mnopera.org/tours and at www.mnopera.org/operacenter


Student Dress Rehearsals

Experience the power, beauty and grandeur of live opera. Every production is fully staged with soloists, chorus and orchestra. Performances take place at Ordway.

Performances are at the Ordway, 345 Washington St, Saint Paul, 55102

Reservations : Contact the Minnesota Opera Ticket Office at 612-333-6669. Tickets to Student Dress Rehearsals go on sale in early to mid September. Call early as seating is very limited.

Cost per Child/Student: $10
Cost per Adult/Educator: $10 Maximum of one educator per five students.

Minimum Group Size: 5 students

Target grade level: recommended for grades 6–12 (ages 11–18)

Parent/Guardian/Educator Policy: Maximum of one educator per five students

More information online at www.mnopera.org/student-rehearsals

Opera Boxes — Imagine Opera in your classroom!

Imagine Opera is Minnesota Opera's education website for students and educators.

www.imagineopera.org

  • Students can peek behind the curtain to learn how an opera is put onstage, as well as watch the history of opera unfold.
  • Educators will find numerous lesson plans ready to download that are aligned with state and national standards. Activities include creating a cultural timeline, acting out scenes from the opera learning how to write critically about a musical performance and more.

Group Sales — Education Discount

If a Student Dress Rehearsal doesn't fit into your schedule, attend a regular performance using the Education Discount of 50% off regular ticket prices for Student Groups of 10 or more — maximum of one educator per ten students.. Education Discount tickets are subject to availability. For more information or to purchase Student Group tickets, call the Ticket Office at 612-333-6669.

Performances are at the Ordway, 345 Washington St, Saint Paul, 55102

Opera Insights are free half-hour sessions held in the lobby one hour before curtain. Learn about the plot, characters and music of the opera you will see.

Reservations: Contact the Minnesota Opera Ticket Office at 612-333-6669

Cost per Child/Student: 50% off regular ticket prices. Prices vary depending on the opera, date, and area of seating. Groups prices for weekday performances range from $11 to $96 a ticket. Weekend prices range from $19 to $101. A $0.50 service charge per ticket is added for group orders.
Cost per Adult/Educator: Same price as student tickets, but there is a maximum of one adult/educator per ten students to receive the school group rate. Other group rates are 20% off for groups of 10–24 and 25% off for groups of 25 or more.

Minimum Group Size: 10 students

Target grade level: grades 6–12 (ages 11–18)

Parent/Guardian/Educator Policy: Maximum of one educator per ten students

Cancellation Policy/Cancellation Deadline: A 10% non-refundable deposit, due two weeks after your reservation is made, is required to secure your reservation. Final payment is due four weeks prior to the performance. Once final payment is received, no adjustments, exchanges or refunds can be made.

More information online at www.mnopera.org/GroupSales


Career day for singers and pianists!

Get a taste of the real world of opera. See what it takes to be a professional opera singer, and discover what a vocal coach does at Day at the Opera. Students join other talented high school vocalists and pianists as they spend a day exploring the world of professional opera.

Throughout the day, students participate in a master class led by a member of the Opera's artistic staff, observe professionals in rehearsal, tour the scene and costume shops and more. A question-and-answer time will provide opportunity for students to learn about colleges, auditions and what the future might hold for young singers and pianists.

Vocal students are required to prepare one aria or art song (please, no Broadway or pop) to be performed in the master class. A piece you are preparing for solo/ensemble contest or a college audition would be ideal. Pianists will be assigned a piece being performed in the master class a few weeks before the event.

Contact Person: Jamie Andrews, Community Education Director
Contact Phone: 612-342-9573
Contact Email: andrews [at] mnopera [dot] org
There is no audition requirement and space is very limited.

Cost per Child/Student: $30

Target grade level: high school students

Parent/Guardian/Educator Policy: Teachers, accompanists and parents are all welcome to attend but are not required.

More information online at www.mnopera.org/page/65.


coOPERAtion — Teaching Artist Residencies

The Minnesota Opera's Teaching Artists make opera come alive in your classroom with a personal touch to opera through hands-on activities, performance and more. Session topics range from solo/ensemble coaching, voice lessons, career guidance, and preparing your students to attend a live performance. This award winning, tailor-made residency program is a collaborative effort between your school and the Minnesota Opera.

Cost: $125/day, The Minnesota Opera recommends that residencies be at least five days in length.

Contact Person: Bergen Baker, Teaching Artist
Contact Phone: 612-342-9554
Contact Email: bbaker [at] mnopera [dot] org
Call soon as school dates are limited.

More information online at www.mnopera.org/cooperation


Opera through the Eyes and Ears of Mozart

Explore the interdisciplinary nature of opera!

Opera through the Eyes and Ears of Mozartis a collaborative touring opera where students in grades K–12 have the opportunity to learn about and perform some of Mozart's greatest music alongside professional opera singers! Artists will come into your opera house for a 40-minute, staged performance. Student performers are encouraged to participate. This program is ideal for students of all ages to gain their first experience with opera!

Performance requirements: stage or gym floor, a piano and student(s) ready to perform in the opera!

Cost: $650

Contact Person: Bergen Baker, Teaching Artist
Contact Phone: 612-342-9554
Contact Email: bbaker [at] mnopera [dot] org
Call soon as school dates are limited.

More information online at www.mnopera.org/intheclassroom


Project Opera

Minnesota Opera is looking for all talented boys and girls who want to learn about singing, acting and opera

The Ensembles

  • Ragazzi
    Saturdays, 8:30am–10:30am, September–May, $850
    A mixed group of talented singers in grades 4–7. They explore the world of opera and choral music, develop skills in multi-part singing, and the basics in performing in foreign languages.
  • Giovani
    Saturdays, 11am–2pm, September–May, $950
    A mixed group made up of students in grades 8–12 who perform primarily in a choral music setting. Participants develop the fundamentals of solo singing, basic acting skills and perform in the chorus of an age-appropriate opera in the spring with the Apprentices.
  • Apprentices
    Saturdays, 2:30pm–4:30 pm, September–May, $1400
    A mixed group of advanced students in grades 8–12 who develop skills in solo singing, stage presence, advanced language skills, and more. Students will perform an age-appropriate opera in the spring along with Giovani.

Participation is by audition only.
Contact Person: Kathy Kraulik
Contact Phone: 612-342-9574


Getting There

Performances are at the Ordway, 345 Washington St, Saint Paul, 55102

Parking Information: There are numerous parking ramps within easy walking distance of the Ordway. The closest ramps are The St. Paul, RiverCentre, Lawson Commons, Kellogg Street Ramp, and Landmark Towers. More detailed information about parking in Saint Paul can be found at www.smart-trips.org

Driving Directions: The Ordway is located in downtown Saint Paul at 345 Washington St. The entrance is on Washington St between W 5th St and Kellogg Blvd. The Ordway is directly across the street from Rice Park and is on the same block as River Centre, Xcel Eneergy Center, and the Roy Wilkins Auditorium as well as kitty-corner from The Landmark Center.

Minnesota Opera Center, 620 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 is located in downtown Minneapolis, near the Mississippi River between the Hennepin and Plymouth Ave bridges



Information subject to change. Please check with Minnesota Opera for the most current information. Last updated on Sat, Sep 19, 2015.