MCO presents world-class singing of the greatest operas to Minnesota. A cost-effective and extremely portable option to fully staged opera.

Concert Opera is a hot ticket in the United States. Exciting companies such as Washington Concert Opera, ConcertOPERA Philadelphia, Connecticut Concert Opera, Concert Opera Boston, Baltimore Concert Opera, Candid Concert Operain Chicago, Cascadia Concert Opera in the Pacific Northwest, and Eve Queller’s acclaimed Opera Orchestra of New York, are bringing world-class, affordable productions to opera lovers in their communities, just as the festivals and small companies do in Europe.

As critic Mark Berry noted this summer in Opera Today about the concert opera performance of Berlioz’ Les Troyens at the BBC Proms, sometimes opera masterpieces beg for a scaled-down production to let the music shine first and
foremost: “I was clearly not the only person to have found conductor and soloists liberated by the concert hall.” Concert Opera has a unique and respected place in the opera world.

After MCO's succesful production of Bellini’s I Puritani this September we are very excited about our 2013 productions. We continue our debut season with Verdi’s Il Trovatore on January 25 & 27 in concert format with English surtitles. And we are thrilled about the spectacular centerpiece of next year’s season commemorating the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth.

September 13 and 15, MCO is teaming up with the Richard Wagner Society of the Upper Midwest to produce a once-in-a-lifetime Mini-Ring, a four-hour adaptation of Wagner's Ring Cycle featuring the world’s top Wagnerian stars, including Jane Eaglen, Jay Hunter Morris, Sally Wolf, Kevin Langan, Richard Paul Fink, Philip Skinner, Lurreta Bybee and Dennis Petersen. This stellar production, along with a 16 piece orchestra conducted by Jonathan Khuner will bring fans from around the world to the Twin Cities and help establish concert opera and Minnesota Concert Opera as a musical tour de force in Minnesota.

With its production-friendly emphasis on the cast and pianist or small orchestra alone, concert opera bypasses staging, sets and costumes to provide an affordable, cost-effective and extremely portable option to full-fledged opera. In an era when funding is more challenging than ever, and audiences are tightening their entertainment budgets, MCO’s smaller “footprint” offers opportunities for world-class performances in every corner of our state and to a wide range of audiences, many of which are being introduced to opera for the first time.

We are delighted to invite you to help us establish this important musical organization. We are committed to highlighting our extraordinary local talent, making opera available to a wide audience, and bringing much-needed arts outreach to the schools.

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