MN Opera to branch out from Ordway for 55th Season

'Fellow Travelers' at the Cincinnati Opera // Photo by Philip Groshong

‘Fellow Travelers’ at the Cincinnati Opera // Photo by Philip Groshong

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. The contemporary work tells the story of a forbidden love affair between two men, one a State Department official, in McCarthy-era Washington D.C.

“Fellow Travelers, running during Twin Cities Pride in 2018, fosters inclusion and celebrates Minnesota’s LGBT community through a story focused on the romantic journey of two gay people,” says Minnesota Opera president and general director Ryan Taylor. “Through all these new initiatives, I’m thrilled to widen Minnesota Opera’s artistic footprint to be the best stewards of opera as possible.”

The three new concerts are: a 55th Anniversary Celebration, a concert featuring members of their Resident Artist Program, and a co-presentation of the Sphinx Virtuosi chamber orchestra with their fellow Arts Partners (Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, The Schubert Club, and SPCO).

The main stage operas for their 2017-18 season at the Ordway are Don Pasquale, The Marriage of Figaro, Dead Man Walking, Rigoletto, and Thaïs.

55th Anniversary Celebration
October 1, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Music Theater at the Ordway, St. Paul

“Featuring excerpts from each of this season’s productions and a variety of other opera selections.”
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The Sphinx Virtuosi
October 22, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Concert Hall at the Ordway, St. Paul

“Since their debut at Carnegie Hall in 2004, the Sphinx Virtuosi, led by the Catalyst Quartet, has been recognized as one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical soloists, these alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition come together each fall as cultural ambassadors to reach new audiences.”

Resident Artist Program Concert
April 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Concert Hall at the Ordway, St. Paul

“Surprise guests perform an eclectic musical program that promises a memorable evening in support of the past, current and future members of the highly selective program.”

Fellow Travelers
June 16, 17, 19, 21, and 23, 2018
The Cowles Center (528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN  55403)
Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.
An opera by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Greg Pierce
Based on the 2017 novel Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon
Developed and Co-Commissioned by G. Sterling Zinsmeyer & Cincinnati Opera