Minnesota Opera

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

Student Dress Rehearsals & Group SalesToursA Day at the OperaGetting There

All operas are performed in Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’s Music Theater.


Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Music Theater

345 Washington St
Saint Paul, MN 55102

www.ordway.org

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 mnopera.org/about/history


Student Dress Rehearsals

Experience the power, beauty and grandeur of live opera by bringing your students to a Student Dress Rehearsal! Students in 6th–12th grades 6-12 are invited to attend a Student Dress Rehearsal. Every production is fully staged with soloists, chorus, and orchestra, and takes place at in Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’s Music Theater..

Comprehensive downloadable lesson plans include creating a cultural timeline, acting out scenes from the opera, learning how to write critically about a musical performance, and more. Visit Imagine Opera to peek behind the curtain to learn how an opera is put onstage, as well as watch the history of opera unfold.

Cost per Child/Student: $10, service charges may apply
Cost per Adult/Educator: $10, service charges may apply

Minimum Group Size: 5 students
There is a 5:1 student/teacher ratio. For every five students, educators will be allowed to purchase one ticket. There are no complimentary tickets.

Target grade level: open to 6th–12th grades

Reservations : Call Associate Audience Services Manager Karl Annable at the Minnesota Opera Ticket Office at 612-342-9562. Call early as seating is very limited.

More information online at mnopera.org/learn/for-teachers/student-rehearsals/


Educator Discount for Student Groups

If a Student Dress Rehearsal doesn’t fit into your schedule, attend a regular performance using the Educator Discount of 50% off regular ticket prices. This offer, for Student Groups of 10 or more (one teacher/ten students), is subject to availability. This is a great way to secure your seats to performances that will definitely sell out. For more information or to purchase Student Group tickets, call the Ticket Office at 612-333-6669.

Opera Insights are free, fun, and informative half-hour sessions held in the Ordway»s Target Atrium (mezzanine-level lobby) one hour before curtain. Includes an overview of the characters and music, historical and cultural context for the opera and highlights to watch for during the show. Seating for Opera Insights is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis

Cost per Child/Student: 50% off regular ticket price, service charges may apply
Cost per Adult/Educator: 50% off regular ticket price, service charges may apply

Minimum Group Size: 10 students
There is a 10:1 student/teacher ratio. For every ten students, educators will be allowed to purchase one ticket. There are no complimentary tickets.

For more information, visit mnopera.org/tickets/group-tickets/


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.

Cost: free

Reservations: Please allow at least three weeks notification prior to your visit. To schedule a tour, please call Jamie Andrews at 612-333-2700 or email andrews(at)mnopera.org.

For more information, visit http://www.mnopera.org/learn/for-teachers/tours/


A Day at the Opera

Nail your next audition! High School singers participate in an intensive day-long master class learning how to prepare for an audition. Perform in a mock audition, learn the inner game of auditions, gain tips on how to prepare for an audition, what to wear and more. Throughout the day students observe an opera rehearsal, tour the scene and costume shops and see what is and who are involved in creating professional opera. A question-and-answer time with the Opera’s Resident Artists will provide an opportunity for students to ask about colleges, auditions and what the future might hold for young performers.

Cost per Child/Student: $30
Teachers, accompanists and parents are welcome to attend but are not required.

Target grade level: open to 9th–12th grades

Reservations: Contact Alisa Magallón at amagallon(at)mnopera.org or 612-342-1604. Registration is first-come, first-serve and space is extremely limited.


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.

Opera through the Eyes and Ears of Mozart
for K–6th grades

A collaborative touring opera where students 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 30-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. A stage or gym floor, a piano and student(s) ready to perform in the opera are required.

Tailor-made Residency
for K–12th grades

This award winning residency program is a collaborative effort between your school and the Minnesota Opera. Teaching Artist brings 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. Explore the interdisciplinary nature of opera!

Teaching Artist per visit: $150/day, The Minnesota Opera recommends that residencies be at least five days in length.
Tour presentation: $650/performance

Reservations: Contact Alisa Magallón at amagallon(at)mnopera.org or 612-342-1604. Dates are limited.

For more information, visit mnopera.org/learn/for-teachers/residency/


Getting There

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

All operas are performed in Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’s Music Theater.

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.

 


Information subject to change. Please check with Minnesota Opera for the most current information. Last updated on Tue, Jul 25, 2017.


The Marriage of Figaro

November 11, 2017 – November 19, 2017

Student Dress Rehearsal
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11am

performed in Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’s Music Theater

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Love is a battlefield

Comedy, classism, and cross-dressing. All is fair in love and war in this new staging of Mozart’s timeless comedy of errors, widely considered the perfect opera. Mozart’s infectious score brings humor, drama, and humanity to this story of class conflict. It should be the happiest day of their lives, but the wily servant Figaro and his charming fiancée Susanna must fend off the philandering, arrogant Count Almaviva before he ruins everything. On a day filled with chaos and confusion in which disguised identities are revealed and shenanigans ensue, will the young lovers finally make it to the altar? Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

Designed for students in 6th–12th grades
Performance Length: 3 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission


Dead Man Walking

January 27, 2018 – February 3, 2018

Student Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:30pm

performed in Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’s Music Theater

Jake Heggie

Divine intervention

A contemporary standout. The most performed new opera of the 21st century, this heartbreaking story of grief, grace, and redemption is a modern classic. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir that inspired the Oscar-winning movie of the same name, it recounts her courageous struggle to provide spiritual guidance to a condemned Louisiana murderer in the months leading up to his execution. With a powerful libretto by four-time Tony Award® winner Terrence McNally and lyrical music by Jake Heggie—praised as one of the great living opera composers—Dead Man Walking has moved audiences worldwide since its premiere. Dead Man Walking contains nudity, violence, and strong language. Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.

Designed for students in 6th–12th grades
Performance Length: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one intermission


Rigoletto

March 17, 2018 – March 31, 2018

Student Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:30pm

performed in Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’s Music Theater

Giuseppe Verdi

A fool's revenge

Verdi’s sinister tragedy. This time-honored tale of seduction and bitter revenge is boldly imagined in this new production. The disfigured jester Rigoletto must do everything in his power to protect his innocent daughter from the lecherous Duke of Mantua before she falls into his clutches. Brimming with rich melodies and featuring the famous aria “La donna è mobile,” Rigoletto tragically unfurls as it races toward its devastating conclusion. Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

Designed for students in 6th–12th grades
Performance Length: 3 hours, including two intermissions


Thaïs

May 12, 2018 – May 20, 2018

Student Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:30pm

performed in Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’s Music Theater

Jules Massenet

Give in to temptation

Spiritual conviction meets earthly desire … A devout monk seeks to convert Thaïs, a ravishingly beautiful courtesan, but realizes too late that his pious obsession is rooted in lust, not religion. Minnesota Opera produces Massenet’s sensual and melodic creation for the first time with Minnesota-born soprano Kelly Kaduce (Rusalka, Tosca, The Shining) in the glamorous title role. Set in the deserts and oases of fourth-century Egypt, this searing drama explores the conflict between the passion of the flesh and the salvation of the soul. Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage.

Designed for students in 6th–12th grades
Performance Length: 3 hours, including two intermissions


Additional performances


Don Pasquale

October 7, 2018 – October 15, 2018

performed in Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’s Music Theater

Gaetano Donizetti

A toast to tinseltown

Bursting with pure fun. This production of Donizetti’s bubbly farce presents the miserly aristocrat Don Pasquale as a silent movie star facing the end of his career in 1950s Hollywood. Locked in a battle of wits and wills with his lovesick nephew Ernesto and the crafty widow Norina, Pasquale must grapple with the new problems and possibilities of the modern technicolor world. It takes the clever scheming of the family doctor to teach the old curmudgeon a lesson—but not before a series of amusing catastrophes threaten to shatter his ego for good. Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

Performance Length: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission


Fellow Travelers

June 16, 2018 – June 23, 2018

performed in The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

An opera by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Greg Pierce
Based on the 2007 novel Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon
Developed and Co-Commissioned by G. Sterling Zinsmeyer & Cincinnati Opera

The story of a forbidden love affair between two men in 1950s McCarthy-era Washington, D.C., Fellow Travelers is a searing opera infused with political drama, unexpected humor, and sincere heartbreak. A chance encounter between recent college graduate Timothy Laughlin and handsome State Department official Hawkins Fuller results in Tim’s first job—and his first love affair with a man. As McCarthy mounts a desperate bid for power and internal investigations focus on removing “sexual subversives” in the government, Tim and Fuller find it increasingly dangerous to navigate their double lives. Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.