Minnesota Opera is celebrating the organization’s 60th Anniversary season with their first, full, five-opera season since their return to in-person performances last year. The Ordway stage in St. Paul will feature three operas this year alongside two operas playing in the newly acquired and renovated Luminary Arts Center in Minneapolis.
The Luminary’s studio space allows Minnesota Opera to program early operatic work and modern compositions that thrive in a more intimate setting. The Ordway season will preserve the epic scale audiences love, giving season subscribers a range of experiences that uphold Minnesota Opera’s mission to sing every story.
The Ordway season begins with Edward Tulane, based on the best-seller by local author Kate DiCamillo. Edward Tulane follows a toy rabbit’s miraculous journey to love again that transports us from the bottom of the ocean to the streets of Memphis. February will bring the Minnesota Opera premiere of Donizetti’s classic, The Daughter of the Regiment, an outrageous comedy with firecracker vocals about a canteen girl who must choose between her chosen family and a noble past. Lastly, Minnesota Opera will present a new production of Don Giovanni with an all-female creative team that sheds light on the integrity and resilience of the classic characters.
Minnesota Opera will launch the Luminary season with the company premiere of Handel’s Rinaldo, one knight’s spellbinding adventure to rescue his true love from an evil sorcerer. In March, the Luminary will feature the first Hmong story ever brought to the operatic stage. An adaption of celebrated Minnesota author Kao Kalia Yang’s memoir, The Song Poet tells the story of Yang’s family and her song poet father as war drives them from the mountains of Laos into a Thai refugee camp and ultimately on to the challenging world of life as an immigrant.
While Luminary series subscriptions are sold out, Ordway series subscriptions are still available. Individual tickets for Edward Tulane, The Daughter of The Regiment, and Don Giovanni are available now. Interest forms for the Rinaldo and The Song Poet ticket waitlists are available on the shows’ webpages.
Performances at the Ordway Music Theater
October 8-16, 2022
Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo | Music by Paola Prestini | Libretto by Mark Campbell
The Daughter of the Regiment
February 4-12, 2023
Music by Gaetano Donizetti | Libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy De Saint and Jean François Bayard
May 6-18, 2023
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Performances at the Luminary Arts Center
November 19-December 3, 2023
Music by George Frideric Handel | Libretto by Giacomo Rossi
The Song Poet
March 9-19, 2023
Music by Jocelyn Hagen | Libretto Kao Kalia Yang