Nicole Cabell, Alek Shrader & Miles Mykkanen Lead Minnesota Opera 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Minnesota Opera has announced its 2018-19 season featuring five productions including one world premiere and two modern masterpieces.

The season opens with Puccini’s rarely performed “La Rondine,” which tells the tale of Magda a lively courtesan in Paris. Celine Byrne makes her debut in the title role with Leonardo Capalbo as Ruggero. Octavio Cardenas directs the new production which is slated to conducted by Sergio Alapont in his debut.

Performance Dates: Oct. 6-14, 2018

Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning opera “Silent Night” makes a return to the stage honoring the centennial of World War I’s conclusion. The opera recounts a miraculous moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history, Scottish, French, and German officers defy their superiors and negotiate a Christmas Eve truce. Karin Wolverton stars in the production alongside Miles Mykkanen in his debut and Edward Parks.

Performance Dates: Nov. 10-17, 2018

Nino Rota’s “The Italian Straw Hat” returns to the Minnesota Opera with Jonathan Brandani conducting. Alek Shrader performs alongside Lisa Marie Rogali and Victoria Vargas. The new production will be directed by Andrea Cigni.

Performance Dates: Jan 26-Feb.3, 2019

The Minnesota Opera brings audiences another world premiere in Joel Puckett’s “The Fix.” The opera tells the story of one of the most notorious scandals in American history, the 1919 Chicago White Sox who were arguably the best team in the game but were also the most poorly paid, always at odds with their penny-pinching owner. As a result of resentment, revenge, and ambition gone awry, eight players are motivated to conspire with gamblers and fix the World Series. The opera is set to star Joshua Dennis and Wei Wu. Eric Simonson directs with Timothy Myers conducting in his debut with the company.

Performance Dates: March 16-24, 2019

Nicole Cabell closes the season in Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Jesus Leon and Joo Won Kang round out the cast. Christopher Franklin conducts.

Performance Dates: May 4-19, 2019