Kim Eslinger
Editor
612-321-8040
kim@millcitymedia.org

Brianna Ojard
Associate Editor
brianna@millcitymedia.org

David Tinjum
Publisher
612-321-8020
dave@millcitymedia.org

Claudia Kittock
Columnist / Non-Profits
Email Claudia...

Merle Minda
Small Business Columnist
Email Merle...

Michael Rainville Jr.
History Columnist
Email Michael...

Ryan Ojard
Staff Photographer

Jenny Heck
Mill City Cooks
Email Jenny...

Mill City Times is a not-for-profit community service.  We do not sell advertising on this site.

Cultural Cornerstones
Search Mill City
Community Partners

Thanks to our community partners, whose support makes Mill City Times possible:

CYNTHIA FROID GROUP

Residential Real Estate professionals serving Downtown Minneapolis & Riverfront since 1999

Visit their website...

HENNEPIN HISTORY MUSEUM

Hennepin History Museum is your history, your museum. We preserve and share the diverse stories of Hennepin County, MN. Come visit!

Visit their website...

GREAT RIVER COALITION

Enhancing the Minneapolis riverfront environment—for people and pollinators

Visit their website...

Recent News
Front Page Archives
Thursday
Jun062019

MILL CITY SUMMER OPERA: Last chance to see opera at Mill City Ruins!

Via a June 6 Press Release:

Mill City Summer Opera (MCSO) has announced that the Minnesota Historical Society, which operates the Mill City Museum, has elected not to extend MCSO’s contract, making 2019 the final season for opera at the Museum.

“With the decision made by the Historical Society to cease summer opera programming, we want to capitalize on its unique architecture and the dramatic setting of the Courtyard Ruins for an unforgettable night of theater. No one will want to miss our inventive take on Cosi fan tutte,“ said MSCO Artistic Director Crystal Manich, who is directing Mozart’s sophisticated comedy.

“We are very proud of our contribution to opera and the Twin Cities performing arts scene,” said Karen Brooks, Founder and Board Chair of MCSO.  “We are committed to continuing our successful track record of presenting critically acclaimed productions. With a strong board of directors, we look forward to a new era – one that will allow the company to explore new opportunities, directions and approaches.” 

Minnesota natives Heather Johnson (Despina), Sarah Larsen (Dorabella), Andrew Wilkowske (Don Alfonso) and Karin Wolverton (Fiordiligi) will be joined by Javier Abreu (Ferrando) and Sidney Outlaw (Guglielmo). 

MCSO has also programmed a two-person “opera buffa” to be performed at the industrial-chic Icehouse bar and restaurant in Minneapolis this season. Opera’s past and future come together in La Serva Padronaa switched-on petite comic baroque opera by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, also directed by Manich. Featuring Madison Holtze as Serpina and Rodolfo Nieto as Uberto, this Icehouse show brings the 18th century into a modern sound landscape. 

Both productions will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Così fan tutte will be on stage July 12-24La Serva Padrona will be presented July 15 and July 17

Manich’s creative team includes Jason Allen (Wig & Makeup Design), Lara Bolton (Head of Music), Alice Fredrickson (costume design), Paul Hackenmueller (lighting design), Annie Henley (scenic design) and Abbee Warmboe (Props Master). 

Brian DeMaris returns for his eighth season as Music Director of MCSO. He is Artistic Director of Arizona State University’s Music Theatre and Opera program, which just received recognition as part of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music for the composer of “prism,” an opera that had its first developmental workshop at ASU’s School of Music. The opera was one of the first projects workshopped at ASU as part of the Music Theatre and Opera’s new works initiative.

Tickets are currently on sale for both productions. Così fan tutte Opening Night tickets, which include a gala pre-show reception and an after-party with the cast, are $200-$250; other performances are $50-$125. La Serva Padrona tickets are $15-$25. All tickets are available through MCSO at 612-875-5544 or online at millcitysummeropera.org. Rush tickets ($35) will be available for all performances the day of show at 6:00 pm at the Mill City Museum.

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES 

Cosi fan tutte 
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Directed by Crystal Manich
Music direction by Brian DeMaris

Mill City Museum Courtyard Ruins, 704 S Second Street

Tickets:  $50-$125 (Opening Night: $200-$250)

Box Office:  612-875-5544 or  millcitysummeropera.org.

  • Friday, July 12, Opening Night – pre-party at 6 pm, performance at 7:30 pm, with after-party
  • Sunday, July 14 at 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, July 17 at 10am – Young Audience (special 1-hour program)
  • Thursday, July 18 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, July 20 at 7:30pm
  • Monday, July 22 at 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30pm
« Skating, Hockey and Stick & Puck - This Summer at Parade Ice Garden | Main | Hennepin Avenue Downtown Reconstruction Project »