Mixed Precipitation’s “picnic operettas” travel to community gardens, farms, and wineries during Minnesota’s fairer months, presenting delightful mash-ups of traditional opera and popular music.
Mixed Precipitation’s “picnic operettas” travel to community gardens, farms, and wineries during Minnesota’s fairer months, presenting delightful mash-ups of traditional opera and popular music. (photo: Travis Chantar)
Article Published: 18 Apr 2022

Fertile Ground

It seems counterintuitive for an agricultural state in the middle of “flyover country” to be a regular creator of compelling modern operas, but Minnesota has enjoyed such a reputation for more than a half-century. In recent years, Minnesota Opera has premiered The Fix, Dinner at Eight, The Shining, and The Manchurian Candidate. In 2012, composer Kevin Puts won a Pulitzer Prize for Music for Silent Night, a Minnesota Opera commission with a libretto by Mark Campbell.

This article was published in the Spring 2022 issue of Opera America Magazine.

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