Season Calendar 2011-2012

September 17, 2011
Opera Tasting 2011 
Like your Puccini with hints of smoky etherealness, bouquets of strawberry and oak, or aromas of earth and tobacco? Come and taste your opera while enjoying lashings of wine at Opera Tasting! Featuring Minnesota Opera’s Resident Artists.

September 24, 2011
Cosi Fan Tutte Cast Party 
Bring your date (or two) for a little lover’s switcheroo at the cast party for Mozart’s masterpiece, Così fan tutte. Black tie admired, but not required.

October 26, 2011
Silent Night Preview Event
Minnesota Opera’s commissioned opera Silent Night tells the story of Christmas Eve in the Great War’s trenches. Preview this work in an evening where all is calm and all is bright: Art and policy intersect as Minnesota Opera and the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs convene a public conversation concerning military policy and dissention. Musical selections presented by composer Kevin Puts and the cast of Silent Night.

November 12, 2011
Silent Night Cast Party
Celebrate history in the making as we fête Minnesota Opera’s WORLD PREMIERE of Silent Night. Join the cast and fellow Tempo members in a night that will be anything but silent! 

December 8, 2011
Opera Bootcamp: Basic Training
Learn your operatic do re mi from your fa so la ti in a must-attend intense Opera Bootcamp. Your knowledge of voice types, composers, librettists and stars will be drilled into your head as you drop and give us twenty. 

January 11, 2012 
Werther Preview Event
Whoever said opera was easy? Explore Massenet’s gloom laden fraught tale of gut wrenching unrequited love. James Valenti will charm you from sorrow to romantic fervor as you enjoy this intimate evening.

January 28, 2012
Werther Cast Party
Massenet’s gorgeous Werther may be a total operatic downer, but revive your senses with a post-opera cocktail-laden love inducing upper (a.k.a. cast party)!

February 15, 2012
Lucia di Lammermoor Preview Event
Insanity reigns in this evening of emotional breakdowns on an operatic scale. Explore vocalized madness through performances and discussion at this preview event.

March 3, 2012
Lucia di Lammermoor Cast Party
Blood on the brain? Drink away those images of Lucia’s bloodstained wedding gown at the cast party!

March 28, 2012
Madame Butterfly Preview Event
Uncover the secrets of the geisha. East meets West when stylized Japan comes to warm up your March with preview performances from Madame Butterfly.

April 14, 2012
Madame Butterfly Cast Party
Get your sake on! Bring your kimono for our Geisha-laden journey to nineteenth century Japan.


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