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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 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 season and to purchase tickets, please visit the Minnesota Opera website. 

September 26, October 1, 3 and 4, 2015

Ariadne Auf Naxos
by Richard Strauss

When the wealthiest man in Vienna double-books a group of buttoned-up opera singers and a band of bawdy comedians as dinner entertainment, the fun begins. Ariadne and her fellow singers must perform their serious opera, now including the saucy comedy troupe’s antics. This opera-within-an-opera tickles your funny bone one minute and tugs at your heartstrings the next. Richard Strauss’ look at art, fidelity and love is at once divinely comic and achingly tender, enchanting audiences from the beginning to the last note.

Sung in German with English translations projected above the stage

 November 14, 15, 19 and 21, 2015  

The Magic Flute
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A production of the Komische Oper Berlin; presented in
co-production with LA Opera.

Mozart’s timeless comedy sprouts wings and flies in this boundary-busting production by Komische Oper Berlin and the British theater group 1927. Fantastical, highly stylized and synchronized animation sets a surreal stage upon which a quirky cast of characters explore love, truth and the pursuit of enlightenment. Minnesota Opera remounts the show that thrilled audiences of all ages and still has the critics talking.

Sung in German with English translations projected above the stage

 January 23, 28, 30 and 31, 2016  
by Antonín Dvořák

Rusalka, a beautiful water nymph, falls in love with a prince, sacrificing her voice in return for entry into his human world. But betrayal condemns her to eternal solitude. Dvořák juxtaposes the mortal and the mythical with beautiful folk melodies and luminous arias, including Rusalka’s heartbreaking “Song to the Moon.” Kelly Kaduce (pictured on the left) returns to the stage in a reprisal of Minnesota Opera’s critically acclaimed production.

Sung in Czech with English translations projected above the stage

 March 12, 13, 17 and 19, 2016  

by Giacomo Puccini

A fiery prima donna, an idealistic artist and a manipulative chief of police find themselves entangled in a web of drama in this spellbinding classic. Tosca’s allegiance to her lover, Cavaradossi, is put to the ultimate test by the obsessive Scarpia who will stop at nothing to possess her. This magnificent tale of deceit, love and honor brims with sumptuous music and unforgettable arias.

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage

May 7, 12, 14 and 15, 2016  
The Shining
Music by Paul Moravec. Libretto by Mark Campbell. Based on the novel by Stephen King.

Stephen King’s best-selling novel comes to life in this suspenseful new opera by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell (Silent Night and The Manchurian Candidate). As the Torrance family settles in at the infamous Overlook Hotel, Jack comes face to face with his own demons – real and imagined. Will he be able to protect his wife and son from the evil forces within the hotel? This dramatic thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat with a dynamic musical score befitting King’s page-turner. Brian Mulligan (pictured on the left), who delivered a riveting performance in Hamlet, returns to Minnesota Opera to create the iconic role of Jack Torrance.

Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage 

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