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NEWS: Met Opera Auditions – Minnesota District Results

The five winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions' Minnesota District round (L-R): Lauren Decker, Andrea Lott, Katherine Rose DeYoung, Jessica Faselt, and Kayleigh Decker. Photo courtesy of the MONC Upper Midwest Region. The Minnesota District phase of the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions concluded today. Five singers will advance

REVIEW: New Twist on The Pirates of Penzance (Park Square Theatre)

Christina Baldwin (center) as the Major General in Park Square Theatre's The Pirates of Penzance. Photo by Petronella J. Ytsma. Park Square Theatre's current production of The Pirates of Penzance is a refreshing spin on the classic comic opera. This comic opera with music by Arthur Sullivan and lyrics by W.S. Gilbert premiered in New York City in

NEWS: Silent Nights Return in Minnesota Opera’s 2018-2019 Season

A scene from Minnesota Opera's 2011 production of Silent Night. Photo by Michal Daniel. Minnesota Opera announced its 2018-2019 season last night. The company, one of the ten largest opera companies in the United States, will produce five mainstage operas at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN:

TOP 10: Basil Considine’s Favorite Twin Cities Stage Performances of 2017

Brittany Bellizeare as Pecola (foreground) in the Guthrie Theater's production of The Bluest Eye. Photo by Dan Norman. During the 2017 calendar year, I saw more than 150 theatre performances. That tally excludes shows that I directed and dance-only performances, but includes spoken theatre, musicals, opera, improv, and pretty much anything

EDITORIAL: On Abuse and the Performing Arts

Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith Decapitating Holofernes (1620). Events in the pioneering female painter's own personal life four centuries' past illustrate some of the complicated ways that sexual abuse has been and continues to be handled legally and socially in the arts. Weinstein. Spacey. CK. Lauer. Keillor. The list goes on of powerful

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