LSM Newswire

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Minnesota Opera finishes in the black for the ninth year in a row

Artistic, box office and fundraising success reported at Annual Meeting

Minneapolis—Minnesota Opera finished its 2011 fiscal year on June 30 with a balanced budget.

“With great enthusiasm, I announce that Minnesota Opera finished the 2010–2011 season in the black for the ninth year in a row,” said new President and General Director Allan Naplan. “The company’s track record of artistic excellence matched with fiscal responsibility is what attracted me to this company, and I’m thrilled that this season’s success will both add to this estimable record while laying a healthy foundation for seasons to come.

Naplan continued: “This season, Minnesota Opera achieved tremendous success through performances that attracted record attendance, education programming which exposed more people than ever to the operatic art form and fundraising from generous donors both locally and nationally that exceeded $3 million. In addition to the Annual Fund, donors also contributed over $1 million to The Kevin Smith Legacy Fund to honor the company’s long-time president. The fund created an endowment for the company’s rehearsal and administrative home, the Minnesota Opera Center. On behalf of the entire Opera family, I am proud to extend my deepest appreciation to the many supporters and patrons whose commitment to great opera made this yet another successful season for Minnesota Opera.”

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Minnesota Opera 2011–2012 season single tickets on-sale Monday, July 18, 2011.

Complete cast and creative teams announced for all five productions

Minneapolis—Minnesota Opera announces its single ticket on-sale date as Monday, July 18, 2011, for the 2011–2012 season. Also, the Opera announces updates to its 2011–2012 season casting. Highlights include the first commission of the Minnesota Opera New Works Initiative – the world premiere of Silent Night, by Kevin Puts (composer), Mark Campbell (librettist) and Eric Simonson (director), based on the 2005 Academy Award-nominated film Joyeux Noël. The season boasts the return of international opera superstar, tenor James Valenti, in the title role of Massenet’s Werther. Also included in the 2011–2012 season is Mozart’s wittiest comedy (Così fan tutte), a Bel Canto masterpiece by Donizetti (Lucia di Lammermoor) and a popular favorite by Puccini (Madame Butterfly).

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