A photo of the Arizona Opera production of Don Pasquale, from which the design of Minnesota Opera’s upcoming production is taken. Photo by Ed Flores.
Minnesota Opera announced today that it was adding a sixth opera and three concerts to its previously announced 2017-2018 season. The season, which normally ends in May, will be extended through June 2018 with the addition of Fellow Travelers, a contemporary opera by composer Gregory Spears and playwright Greg Pierce.
An unusual aspect of this addition is that Minnesota Opera will step away from its normal performing home at the Ordway’s Music Theater to stage Fellow Travelers at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis. This opera, which sprang from a joint venture by Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, is set during the so-called “Lavender Scare” of the 1950s when anti-Communist witch hunt led to mass firings of gay federal employees. Its premiere last year was praised by the New York Times, with Corinna da Fonesca-Wollheim calling the opening act “a near-perfect example of fast-flowing musical drama.”
Other additions to the season include a musical celebration of the company’s 55th anniversary that doubles as a season preview, a concert by members of its Resident Artist program, and concert co-presented with Sphinx Virtuosi.