2012 DFO Summer OperaFest

The 2012 Summer OperaFest was created as a fresh, new approach to our seasonal programming and it is the first opera festival of its kind in our region. It includes an unprecedented variety of accessible, low-cost, audience-friendly events designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests.  If you haven’t tried opera in an relaxed, friendly atmosphere, then this is an excellent way to give it a try! 

                                                2012 DFO Summer OperaFest
August 9-19

Opera on the Lake                             OperaFest in Cabaret
August 9 at 4pm                                   Nokomis Restaurant,5593 North Shore Drive
Features fine wine, light buffet and up-close performances from the festival artists.

OperaFest Gala Opening Night          A Night at the Opera
August 16 at 7:30pm                            Marshall Fregeau Auditorium, 1215 Rice Lake Rd
Our Gala Opening Night presents leading operatic artists from around the country to create a night of unforgettable operatic scenes and highlights.  Our wonderful singers will thrill you with the greatest arias, duets, and scenes ever written from Aida, Faust, Rigoletto, the Pearl  Fishers, Die Meistersiger, Der Rosenkavalter, La Boheme, Carmen and many others. This will be a thrilling “Night at the Opera” that you will never forget! Guest artists will include Kirk Dougherty, Branch Fields, Nathan Herfindahl, Timothy James, Linh Kaufmann, Victoria Vargas, Amy Wolf, and others.

OperaFest at the Movies                  Opera Film Festival
August 17-19                                       Zinema2 Theater, 222 E. Superior Street

Opening Night Screening Party        August 17 at 6pm
Pre-screening lecture, prizes, complimentary wine and buffet dinner, and film

Opera Film Festival Screenings include: visit www.zinema2.com for dates and times.
Amadeus  by  Milos Forman
                             A Night at the Opera  featuring  the Marx Bros. 
                               The Magic Flute  directed  by Ingmar Bergman
               La Traviata  starring  Placido Domingo and  directed  by Franco Zefferrelli
                      Maria Callas : Her Life and Times  produced  by Tony Palmer

OperaFest in Recital                         In Love With Song
August 18 1pm & 4pm                         DuluthCongregational Church, 3833 E. Superior Street
Due Vocal Recitals with guest artists:
                          Kirk Dougherty, tenor and Amy Wolf, soprano  at  1pm
                   Branch Fields, bass-baritone and Linh Kaufmann, soprano  at  4pm

OperaFest in Concert                        Opera’s Greatest Hits
August 18 at 5pm                                       Bayfront Festival Park
Our main concert event for “Art in Bayfront Park”. The DFO soloists join withi SONOMENTO, the premier chorus from Macphail Center for Music in Minneapolis to regale you with the greatest choral moments in Opera.

OperaFest in Concert                        Serenade in the Park
August 19 at 3pm                                       Bayfront Festival Park
Join six talented DFO soloists for an afternoon of inspiring music in song to close the “Art in Bayfront Park” Festival.


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