ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Opera has “reimagined” its 2020-21 season, canceling its season at the Ordway and adding a new series of shows, including one at St. Paul’s CHS Field, fit for life during a pandemic.
The opera is taking an “innovative approach … that draws on the creative reserves of our company,” said president and general director Ryan Taylor in a news release. “We believe it provides a new path forward for our organization as we look forward to returning to the Ordway in the spring.”
Ticketholders will automatically have the value of their tickets transferred into their account, with the credit available to purchase the new season offerings and future performances, including 2021-22 season subscriptions. Patrons may also donate their tickets to the opera or receive a refund.
Tickets for the new season are on sale online at mnopera.org and by phone at 612-333-6669. Fall season digital packages are $50 and $45 and individual tickets are also available.
The new season includes:
“Opera in the Outfield” (7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and 26): This one-of-a-kind physically distanced event at St. Paul’s CHS Field features “live performance elements and an innovative digital creation up on the field’s giant videoboard.” It includes music from “Carmen,” “The Marriage of Figaro” and some modern classics. Tickets are $50-$10, with digital-only access priced at $15-$10.
“Wuthering Heights” (Oct. 10-24): For the first time, the Minnesota Opera will stream its 2011 production of “Wuthering Heights.” Based on Emily Bronte’s literary romance, the opera features music by Bernard Hermann and libretto by Lucille Fletcher. Tickets are $15-$10.
“Das Rheingold 3D” (Nov. 14-28): The opera’s 2016 production of Richard Wagner’s classic will be streamed in 3D — with glasses provided. It’ll also be available in virtual reality as well as plain old 2D. Tickets are $25-$20 and include 3D glasses that will be shipped in advance.
“A Holiday Special – Live!” (Dec. 13-27): This holiday-themed show will be livestreamed from the Ordway and then made available on demand. Tickets are $15-$10.
The opera will also air two past performances on MPR’s classical stations, “Casanova’s Homecoming” (7 p.m. Oct. 27) and “Silent Night” (7 p.m. Dec. 1).
In the spring, the opera plans to host a virtual gala event and present two new productions at the Ordway. The two shows will feature all local talent and will be modified to comply with future pandemic instruction.