Skylark Opera Theatre Makes Return to Minnesota With New ‘Carmen’ Adaptation

By David Salazar

Minnesotans craving more opera will have their prayers answered when the Skylark Opera Theatre reopens its doors this coming February.

After a brief hiatus last year, the organization, which has been around for over 35 years is making a return with “The Tragedy of Carmen.” The work is a reimagined take of George Bizet’s classic opera “Carmen.” The adaptation is by Peter Brook and features only singing actors. The production will premiere on Feb. 10 with subsequent performances on the 11th, 12th, 17th and 18th of the month. All performances will take place at the Midpoint Event Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The company is also set to return Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” to the stage in a new production set during the Prohibition in 1932. Moreover, the performance will take place throughout The Women’s Club of Minneapolis with the hope of providing an interactive and immersive theatrical experience.

The company also announced that Robert Neu will be its new Artistic Director. He has directed nine productions for the company over the past nine years including “Naughty Marietta,” “The Merry Widow,” “On the Town,” “Wonderful Town,” “The Fantasticks,” “Candide,” “Putting it Together” and “Don Pasquale.” He has had an extensive career in Minnesota, directing productions for the Minnesota Orchestra, Bloomington Civic Theater, Chameleon Theater, Phipps Center for the Arts, Lyric Opera of the North and Minneapolis Fringe Festival.