This week we start production on resident composer Dominick Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming. It is a wildly difficult, but wildly funny opera that features many local singers, but welcomes many beloved guest artists, as well.
But do not think that between The Pearl Fishers and Casanova’s Homecoming we have just been sitting around!
Besides everyone hurriedly getting ready for Casanova, the resident artists have been involved with many events. A few weeks ago we put on a very successful Cabaret dinner party in which we performed not only opera, but pop, musical theater, and Spanish music. The event was a great success and there were many new faces in the crowd. So hopefully we have gained some new fans to the opera world. Last night, the head of music, Mary Dibbern, resident artist, Mike Nyby, and I sang at the Minneapolis Institute for the Arts. The museum held the opening gala for the touring Louvre exhibit. Something definitely worth seeing.
As you can see, among the productions that we put on at The Minnesota Opera, we have many events, too. Up next weekend, some of the cast of Casanova’s Homecoming and I will be taking part in the Rochester Aria Group concert in Rochester, MN. The events are just as important to building the support and love for opera as putting on opera themselves. Hope to see you at not only the operas, but at some events, as well!