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L'opera italiana:  ICC Partnership with the Minnesota Opera

The Opera has been the most successful Italian art form for more than a century, with a growing audience year after year all over the world. Operas sung in Italian continue to be the most represented operas worldwide, acclaimed by a growing audience on hundreds of stages across America.

The Italian Cultural Center is happy to announce that ICC members can attend Minnesota Opera performances at a 10% discount for the 2014-2015 season.

Information for ordering MN Opera tickets for ICC members.

  • Good for up to 4 tickets regularly priced $50-$125 for any performance
  • Discount may be used for each production (i.e., each member can get up to 4 tickets to each production)
  • Discount may be redeemed by phone (612-333-6669, M-F 10 am - 5 pm) or online at
  • Promo code: icc10 

We hope that you will take advantage of this great benefit. The discount is valid for all operas, not just Italian operas.

For additional information about the 2014-2015 season and to purchase tickets, please visit the Minnesota Opera website. 

 September 20, 25, 27 and 28, 2014  

La fanciulla del West
by Giacomo Puccini

From the Italian master who wrote Madame Butterfly and Turandot comes a romantic portrait of America’s iconic Golden West. Puccini’s gorgeous melodies and blazing orchestral colors are set against the backdrop of a gold-mining frontier town, where a poker-playing, pistol-wielding saloon owner finds herself in a love triangle with a handsome outlaw and the sheriff who is in hot pursuit of him.

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage

 November 1, 2, 6, 8 and 9, 2014  

Hansel and Gretel
By Engelbert Humperdinck

Based on the Brothers Grimm classic, this beloved fairy tale whips together frothy folk tunes with sumptuous orchestration into a deceptively sweet, deliciously dark confection that has delighted families for generations. Minnesota Opera’s new production of Humperdinck’s enduring masterpiece arrives just in time for the holiday season.

Sung in German with English translations projected above the stage

 January 24, 25, 29, 31 February 1, 2015  
The Elixir of Love
By Gaetano Donizetti

In one of the most endearing Italian comic operas, a love-struck country bumpkin sets out to win a feisty socialite’s heart, aided by a “magic” potion and a doctor of dubious credentials. Donizetti’s light-hearted comedy bubbles with effervescent arias and charm as the elixir causes as many problems as it solves.

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage

 March 7, 8, 12, 14 and 15, 2015  

The Manchurian Candidate
Music by Kevin Puts. Libretto by Mark Campbell. Based on the novel by Richard Condon.

Politics and paranoia collide in this heart-pounding new opera. An American soldier, decorated during the Korean War, is brainwashed into becoming an unwitting assassin in a conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Can a fellow POW crack the code in time to stop him? This taut and suspenseful thriller is the highly anticipated second opera by the creators of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night.

World premiere!

Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage

April 25, 30, May 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2015  

By Georges Bizet

The smoldering femme fatale, Carmen, is one of the most captivating heroines in all of opera. Obsession turns deadly when her gypsy seductions ensnare both a love-sick soldier and a swaggering toreador. With its passionate, sultry orchestration and a veritable hit parade of recognizable tunes, Bizet’s tour de force sizzles in a new staging.

Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage 

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
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