Leah Hawkins, Denyce Graves, Lidiya Yankovskaya Headline Minnesota Opera’s 2021-22 Season

By David Salazar

The Minnesota Opera has announced its 2021 season which will include both live opera and digital offerings, as well as a major directorial debut of an iconic artist.

The season kicks off with “Opera in the Outfield” as the company presents operatic favorites at CHS Field. David Radamés Toro directs with Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducting.

Performance Date: Sept. 24, 2021

The Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ “The Anonymous Lover” will make its company premiere in a production conducted by Christopher Franklin. Symone Harcum, Aaron Keeney, Zoie Reams, Leah Brzyski, and Joseph Leppek will star.

Performance Dates: Feb. 5-13, 2022

Lidiya Yankovskaya will lead “Voice United,” a concert starring Leah Hawkins as she performs music by Mozart, Verdi, Joplin, and others.

Performance Date: March 27, 2022

Denyce Graves makes her directorial debut as she takes on the opera that she conquered throughout her career as a singer. Her “Carmen” will star Zoie Reams, Won Whi Choi, Symone Harcum, Aaron Keeney, Allen Michael Jones, Joseph Leppek, Leah Brzyski, and Mia Athey. Elias Grandy conducts the production.

Performance Date: May 7-22, 2022


Jennifer Cresswell and Kathleen Kelly will star in the operatic film “Interstate;” both singers wrote the libretto for the film which features music by Kamala Sankaram and was directed by Tonya McKinny.

Streaming Dates: Oct. 9 -23, 2021

 The company will premiere the mini-operas “MNiatures.”

Streaming Dates: Oct. 30, 2021

Finally, audiences will get to check out a concert featuring choral highlights from “Edward Tulane.” The work is set to premiere with the company at a later date.

Streaming Dates: Dec. 13, 2021