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The Shining

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 6

As an opera, "The Shining" knows it's good to be King
17 May 16 / Denver Post
The Shining = brilliant psychodrama
12 May 16 / Twin Cities Arts Reader
Minnesota Opera's 'The Shining' world premiere is scary, entertaining
11 May 16 / MinnPost
'Shining' opera premiere is scary good
10 May 16 / Minnesota Star Tribune
At MN Opera's 'The Shining,' have a Redrum and try to relax
10 May 16 / Minnesota Public Radio
Spine-chilling and superb
10 May 16 / Pioneer Press
Tosca

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Sumptuous Tosca muddles imagery, makes out musically
18 Mar 16 / Twin Cities Arts Reader
Three leads power Minnesota Opera’s ‘Tosca’
15 Mar 16 / Pioneer Press
Kelly Kaduce steps vividly into title role of Minnesota Opera's 'Tosca'
14 Mar 16 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Rusalka

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Dreamy 'Rusalka' is catch of the day
1 Feb 16 / The Post Bulletin
Lush Rusalka delights
25 Jan 16 / Twin Cities Arts Reader
Minnesota Opera's 'Rusalka' saved by dance and design
25 Jan 16 / Pioneer Press
Kelly Kaduce is luminous in the title role
25 Jan 16 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Die Zauberflöte

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Film, opera merge in 'Magic Flute'
20 Nov 15 / The Post Bulletin
'Magic Flute' is inventive fun, even if it doesn't make sense
17 Nov 15 / Minnesota Public Radio
The rambunctious multimedia production is heavy on laughs, but faithful to Mozart’s spirit
16 Nov 15 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Minnesota Opera's 'Magic Flute' thrilling, even as a rerun
16 Nov 15 / Pioneer Press
Ariadne auf Naxos

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Bringing it all back home with 'Ariadne'
4 Oct 15 / The Post Bulletin
‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ offers epic fun
30 Sep 15 / The Examiner
The Strauss opera has a contemporary setting and plenty of bumptious humor
28 Sep 15 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Basic flaw limits 'Ariadne auf Naxos'
28 Sep 15 / Pioneer Press
5Q: Ariadne auf Naxos
Acclaimed soprano Amber Wagner makes her long-awaited Minnesota Opera debut as Ariadne, one of her signature roles.
Carmen

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Minnesota Opera's "Carmen" heats up the Ordway
6 May 15 / Daily Planet
Minnesota Opera's 'Carmen' is disappointing
28 Apr 15 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Minnesota Opera shifts story to '70s, and it soars
27 Apr 15 / Pioneer Press
The Manchurian Candidate

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Minnesota Opera offers compelling premiere based on classic Cold War thriller
14 Mar 15 / The Classical Review
Commie dearest
12 Mar 15 / parterre box
"The Manchurian Candidate" infiltrates, conquers at Minnesota Opera
12 Mar 15 / Daily Planet
'The Manchurian Candidate' is another winner for Minnesota Opera
10 Mar 15 / Minnesota Star Tribune
‘The Manchurian Candidate,’ eagerly awaited, has premiere in St. Paul
10 Mar 15 / New York Times
Attention, Pulitzer board: Minnesota has another contender
10 Mar 15 / The Post Bulletin
A brainwashed baritone
10 Mar 15 / Wall Street Journal
Cold story, not enough chills
10 Mar 15 / Pioneer Press
'Manchurian Candidate’ opera premieres
Take a little brainwashing, add a few political assassinations and stir in a villain evil enough to rival Lady Macbeth. The enduring result is “The Manchurian Candidate,” now an opera.
L'elisir d'amore

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Cabell shines in Minnesota Opera's 'Elixir'
2 Feb 15 / The Birmingham Post
Minnesota Opera's "The Elixir of Love" has body, pipes
28 Jan 15 / Daily Planet
Minnesota Opera charms with 'The Elixir of Love'
27 Jan 15 / Minnesota Star Tribune
'The Elixir of Love' is a merry mixture
26 Jan 15 / Pioneer Press
Hansel und Gretel

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Minnesota Opera puts a sweet spin on "Hansel and Gretel"
7 Nov 14 / Daily Planet
'Hansel and Gretel' at Minnesota Opera brings Grimm-ness
4 Nov 14 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Dark yet delicious
3 Nov 14 / Pioneer Press
La fanciulla del West

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Minnesota Opera puts on Puccini with "La fanciulla del West"
26 Sep 14 / Daily Planet
'La Fanciulla del West' worth a look and a listen
22 Sep 14 / Pioneer Press
Die Zauberflöte

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Assessing the multimedia version of 'The Magic Flute'
15 Apr 14 / The Examiner
Surprise, surrealism, silliness abound in Minnesota Opera's 'Magic Flute'
15 Apr 14 / Pioneer Press
Minnesota Opera's 'Magic Flute' goes Hollywood
15 Apr 14 / Minnesota Star Tribune
The Dream of Valentino

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 6

A Valentino not worth fighting over
7 Mar 14 / Wall Street Journal
Tales of Hollywood glamor and scandal
6 Mar 14 / Daily Planet
'Valentino' finds ideal tenor in Valenti
4 Mar 14 / The Post Bulletin
Sounding the depths of 'The Dream of Valentino'
4 Mar 14 / The Examiner
'Valentino' has the makings of a great opera
3 Mar 14 / Pioneer Press
Dominick Argento's revised 'Valentino' is a triumph for Minnesota Opera
3 Mar 14 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Macbeth

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 2

More fire and brimstone needed in 'Macbeth'
1 Feb 14 / The Post Bulletin
Minnesota Opera's dark chiller thrills
27 Jan 14 / Pioneer Press
Arabella

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Jacquelyn Wagner a true Strauss heroine in 'Arabella'
12 Nov 13 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Minnesota Opera gets the mix just right
11 Nov 13 / Pioneer Press
Manon Lescaut

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Minnesota Opera captures Puccini's passion
23 Sep 13 / Pioneer Press
Minnesota Opera's 'Manon' rocks
23 Sep 13 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Turandot

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 4

'Turandot' leaves some riddles unanswered
18 Apr 13 / The Post Bulletin
Minnesota Opera concludes its 50th season with Turandot
16 Apr 13 / The Examiner
Visuals rule in Minnesota Opera's 'Turandot'
15 Apr 13 / Pioneer Press
The score’s problems are gratifyingly “solved” in a meticulous new Minnesota Opera production
15 Apr 13 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Hamlet

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Minnesota Opera's 'Hamlet' has modern tweaks and fabulous voices
4 Mar 13 / Pioneer Press
Doubt

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Intrigue’s shadow in a church
4 Feb 13 / New York Times
The Minnesota Opera’s revisit of the Pulitzer Prize winning play has moments of promise, but never quite works
30 Jan 13 / Minnesota Daily
Complex Minnesota Opera production is simply impressive
28 Jan 13 / Pioneer Press
Operatic venue enhances dramatic power of 'Doubt'
28 Jan 13 / Minnesota Star Tribune
No ‘Doubt’ about it: Minnesota Opera stages compelling adaptation of Shanley play
28 Jan 13 / Washington Post
Anna Bolena

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Trilogy ends on high note
15 Nov 12 / The Post Bulletin
'Anna' for all the ages
12 Nov 12 / Pioneer Press
Nabucco

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Minnesota Opera's 'Nabucco' is colorful and superbly sung
25 Sep 12 / Pioneer Press
New life for 'Nabucco'
25 Sep 12 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Madama Butterfly

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 2

A remarkable 'Madame Butterfly'
18 Apr 12 / Pioneer Press
'Madame Butterfly' a tragic tale, beautifully sung
17 Apr 12 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Lucia di Lammermoor

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Susanna Phillips is exquisite in 'Lucia'
6 Mar 12 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Young singer shines in Minnesota Opera's 'Lucia'
6 Mar 12 / The Post Bulletin
Honor, blood, and madness
6 Mar 12 / The Examiner
Voices soar in 'Lucia' amid stagnant staging
5 Mar 12 / Pioneer Press
Werther

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 1

To love or die in Germany
2 Feb 12 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Silent Night

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Silent Night derives a universal harmony from our shared humanity
15 Nov 11 / The Examiner
Opera evokes grim beauty in break in the battle
14 Nov 11 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Così fan tutte

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 1

In 'Cosi,' passion rules
27 Sep 11 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Wuthering Heights

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 4

An artifact of indulgence from Bernard Herrmann
20 Apr 11 / Wall Street Journal
Herrmann's late-Romantic musical palate engages the listener
19 Apr 11 / Financial Times
Minnesota Opera offers superb production of Herrmann's remarkable 'Wuthering Heights'
19 Apr 11 / MinnPost
Film composer Bernard Herrmann's only opera is an emotion-packed, if often slow, ride
19 Apr 11 / Minnesota Star Tribune
La Traviata

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Minnesota Opera basks in the rapturous passion of Verdi’s La traviata
8 Mar 11 / The Examiner
Maria Stuarda

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Mary Stuart resonates with emotional sovereignty
2 Feb 11 / The Examiner
Chilling story of half-sisters, both sopranos
2 Feb 11 / Minnesota Star Tribune
La Cenerentola

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Minnesota Opera's elegant 'Cenerentola' boasts winning singers and witty, buoyant staging
2 Nov 10 / MinnPost
Minnesota Opera conjures the enchanted romance of Rossini’s Cinderella
2 Nov 10 / The Examiner
'Cinderella' light and dark
2 Nov 10 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Orfeo ed Euridice

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Counter-tenor David Daniels shined throughout the opera
30 Sep 10 / Opera Today
Intensely dramatic 'Orpheus and Eurydice' is an unusually engaging season opener
29 Sep 10 / MinnPost
Wonder in the underworld
29 Sep 10 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Minnesota Opera charts a transcendent journey with Orpheus and Eurydice
28 Sep 10 / The Examiner
Salome

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Russian soprano superb as Salome
13 Apr 10 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Impressive singing, disturbing characterization in Minnesota Opera's 'Salome'
13 Apr 10 / MinnPost
La bohème

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Sparkling performances sweep aside a nagging inconsistency in Minnesota Opera's restaging of "Bohème"
9 Mar 10 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Roberto Devereux

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Roberto Devereux heralds Tudor trilogy in grand fashion
2 Feb 10 / The Examiner
Opera plumbs love triangle in 'Devereux'
1 Feb 10 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Brenda Harris delivers a blazingly regal performance
1 Feb 10 / MinnPost
Casanova's Homecoming

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 1

A triumphant 'Homecoming'
17 Nov 09 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Les pêcheurs de perles

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Opera opens with lush staging of Bizet B-side
29 Sep 09 / Minnesota Star Tribune
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 1

A charming retirement party for 'Barber'
14 Apr 09 / Minnesota Star Tribune
The Adventures of Pinocchio

Minnesota Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Spectacle pulls strings in 'Pinocchio'
3 Mar 09 / Minnesota Star Tribune
'Pinocchio' sings
Minnesota Opera hopes to lure new audiences with "Pinocchio," but it wants to keep the regular crowd, too.
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News & Articles

Minnesota Opera's 2016-17 season
The 2016-17 season at Minnesota Opera features something old, something new, something borrowed and something gold.
22 Jan 2016 / Pioneer Press
Arizona Opera director Ryan Taylor moving on and up to Minnesota
General Director Ryan Taylor will leave Phoenix at the end of this season to take over as president and general director of the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis, effective May 1.
16 Jan 2016 / Arizona Republic
5Q: Ariadne auf Naxos
Acclaimed soprano Amber Wagner makes her long-awaited Minnesota Opera debut as Ariadne, one of her signature roles.
29 Sep 2015 / Lavender Magazine
'Manchurian Candidate’ opera premieres
Take a little brainwashing, add a few political assassinations and stir in a villain evil enough to rival Lady Macbeth. The enduring result is “The Manchurian Candidate,” now an opera.
8 Mar 2015 / San Francisco Chronicle
Minnesota Opera announces new season
Minnesota Opera's new season includes classics and a Stephen King thriller.
22 Feb 2015 / Pioneer Press