Author Archives: Minnesota Opera

It’s Rainin’ Men … the Men of ‘Silent Night’

Liam Bonner (baritone, Lieutenant Audebert) Where are you based when not performing? New York City. What advice do you offer aspiring artists? Be yourself. If you were stuck on a deserted island and could only bring three things, what would they … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Silent Night Librettist Mark Campbell

We sat down with Mark Campbell, Librettist for Silent Night, and talked with him about his time working on the opera, and what it means for him. What are two of the most memorable moments from the process leading up … Continue reading

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Reflections from the Western Front – Andrew Wilkowske (Ponchel)

The hardest scene to stage was the truce scene at the end of Act I.  My part was to climb up a metal ladder to the top of the French bunker and peer out into no-man’s-land. I had very strong … Continue reading

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Will Ye Go to Flanders?

The following post was written by Minnesota Opera’s former Head of Music Mary Dibbern, who is currently Music Director of Education and Family Programs for The Dallas Opera. She will be language and music coach for the co-production of Silent … Continue reading

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“They trade booze, tell stories” – first impressions of the November 10, 2011 ‘Silent Night’ Final Dress Rehearsal

Preparing for the PBS broadcast of Silent Night on Friday, December 13, has been a sentimental  step back into the archives for many of us at Minnesota Opera. It’s hard to believe that it has been a little more than two years … Continue reading

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Minnesota Operacast: Episode 2

Welcome to the second episode of Minnesota Operacast, your look inside the world of opera. This episode is hosted by President and General Director Kevin Ramach, Artistic Director Dale Johnson, and Teaching Artist Bergen Baker. We go indepth about the … Continue reading

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Tempo 10 with Leslie Carey

Get to know one of our Tempo board members through these 10 questions. Q: Why are you involved in Tempo? A: Opera is an important storytelling art form I would like to last beyond my generation (and Tempo members just … Continue reading

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Minnesota Operacast: Episode 1 — The Power of the Mess

Welcome to the first episode of Minnesota Operacast, your look inside the world of opera. Hosted by Michael Christie and Rob Ainsley, this podcast will bring you enlightening conversations with the people that make opera happen, from directors to the … Continue reading

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Tempo 10 with Polina Saprygina

Get to know one of our Tempo board members through these 10 questions. Polina has been a Tempo Member for 3 years and a board member for 2 Q: Why are you involved in Tempo? A: It’s a great way … Continue reading

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Manon Lescaut: A Beginner’s Guide

If you were lucky enough to have tickets to April’s Turandot at the Ordway, or see La Boheme at Opera Under the Stars in June, or even Madame Butterfly two years ago, you already have an understanding of the experience … Continue reading

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