Past Performances

2016-2017 Season

Rigoletto

Rigoletto is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda.

Blue Viola

Blue Viola tells the story of a priceless instrument that disappears after its owner, a player in the Chicago Symphony, accidentally leaves it on the street. It winds up in the hands of Vernon Addams, a junk dealer, who sees in it a lost treasure he is meant to rescue and care for. His girlfriend, Arnita Seward, is more practical.

2014-2015 Season

Carmen. Two Companies. One Opera.

Nearly 200 people will be on stage for this first-ever collaboration between Lyric Opera of the North and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

2011-2012 Season

Cavalleria Rusticana & Gianni Schicchi

Your evening will begin with the heartbreaking tragedy of Cavalleria Rusticana and end with Puccini’s comic masterpiece, Gianni Schicchi. Hear LOON’s orchestra and chorus as you’ve never heard them before, joined by world class soloists in an all new production, directed by Calland Metts and conducted by Keith Swanson.

The Mikado

With ‘joyous shout and ringing cheer’ LOON welcomes spring to the Northland! Join us for a topsy-turvy ride through this British Victorian-era satire which crackles with comic and musical brilliance. Come and see why The Mikado reigns as Gilbert & Sullivan’s most frequently-performed opera.

2013-2014 Season

Don Pasquale, A Comedy in 3 Acts

Don Pasquale has decided to get married – only to prevent his young nephew, Ernesto, from receiving his inheritance and marrying his beloved Norina. When Dr. Malatesta devises a plan that’s guaranteed to end in wedding bells for the young couple, Norina is more than happy to help – especially because the plan serves up plenty of revenge for Pasquale, too!

Face on the Barroom Floor & Bon Appétit!

Two bite-sized operas open the Lyric Opera of the North Season – one savory, one sweet! Are you an opera fan? You’ll love these little gems. If you’re new to opera – or an opera-skeptic – then this is the perfect way to give this spectacular art form a try!

2012-2013 Season

Amahl & The Night Visitors

This beloved holiday production was written for a television audience and premiered on Christmas Eve, 1951. It is under an hour in length and is sung in English, with full orchestra. A dance sequence will feature guest artists from Minnesota Ballet.

La Traviata

This opera truly has it all. A dying heroine, sacrificing her happiness for the man she loves… some of the most beloved moments in opera, brought to life by sensational soloists, live orchestra and full chorus… musical storytelling at its most spectacular.

2015-2016 Season

The Barber of Seville, Rossini

Count Almaviva has fallen madly in love with Rosina, whose doddering old guardian, Dr. Bartolo, has his own plans for her future — and her fortune. It’s up to Figaro to come up with one crazy scheme after another to ensure a happy ending — for everyone!

Les Uncomfortables

Les Uncomfortables is an original comic opera, sung in English. It is based on the true adventures of Daniel Greysolon Sieur duLhut, the explorer for whom the city of Duluth is named. The story includes love and loss, portaging and paddling, and mosquitoes and mistaken identity.

Red, White and LOON

A guaranteed cure for the Election Year Blues! Pianist Beth Sobczak joins LOON singers Vicki Fingalson, Sarah Lawrence, Calland Metts, and Jeffrey Madison for a concert featuring the music of Gershwin, Weill, Bernstein, and highlights from Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man!