Minnesota Opera to Present ‘Edward Tulane Choral Suite’

By Logan Martell

On De. 13, 2021, Minnesota Opera will present “Edward Tulane Choral Suite,” a concert of highlights from their upcoming commission from composer Paola Prestini and librettist Mark Campbell.

This animated, digital production was postponed from its original release date due to the pandemic, and will offer audiences a preview into the new work before the full production is presented. The opera is based on the novel “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Katie DiCamillo, Newberry Medalist and #1 New York Times best-selling author. The film will feature stop-motion clay visuals created by Erin Pollock, as audiences follow the titular toy rabbit in his journey to reunite with his family.

“I jumped at the opportunity to reimagine the suite and focus on music,” says Prestini. “I hadn’t written a note since March. As we progressed, I began to imagine the visuals that had just come from an amazing work with the artist Erin Pollock and I knew her sensibilities would be perfect for our Edward. And so, I put together the storyboard, sounds, and Minnesota Opera gathered the readings by the brilliant kids from the local schools and Ann Patchett and Kate DiCamillo herself and a stunning libretto by Mark Campbell to essentially tell an abridged story.”

The film will be available to watch on the company’s website and YouTube page.