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
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.