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Opera on the Lake is back!

We are thrilled to be bringing Franz Lehar’s operetta masterpiece to life at the Como Lakeside Pavilion on July 26, 27, and 29, 2022!

Not only will this version have an original English dialogue created by founder and creative director Anne Wieben, but it will also be the debut of a brand new chamber orchestra arrangement done by our conductor, Marco Real d’Arbelles.  This is going to be a real Minnesota original–
you do not want to miss it!

Join us for an evening full of gorgeous music, top-notch performances from local and international opera stars, and a whole lot of fun. 

See you at the pavilion! 



Hanna GlawariAnne Wieben
Danilo Danilowitsch: Justin Spenner
ValencienneMelanie Long
Baroness Zeta: KrisAnne Weiss
Camille de Rosillion: David Walton
Cascada: Alexander Adams-Leytes
St. Brioche: Thore Dosdall

Opera on the Lake Chamber Orchestra lead by
Marco Real d’Arbelles
Assisted by Lindsey Huff

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Join Opera on the Lake for a free concert on July 18th!
Enjoy some of opera’s greatest hits at the gorgeous Water Works at Mill Ruins Park in Minneapolis. This concert, part of the annual Music in the Parks series, is free and open to the public. Visit for more info.


Welcome to Opera on the Lake

A word from Founder and Creative Director, Anne Wieben:

Welcome to Opera on the Lake! The name says it all: first-rate, world class opera performances in true Minnesota style- on the lake!

I am a Minnesota girl and an alumna of the University of Minnesota. During my time at the U, I decided to study abroad in Vienna, Austria. All these years later, I am still there, working as a professional opera singer.

In my years as a performer, I’ve been lucky enough to perform on some of Europe’s biggest stages. Yet some of the most exciting productions I’ve ever been a part of were in the most unexpected places: Mozart in a nightclub, a newly composed opera in an old canning factory, operetta at a swimming pool. Opera can happen anywhere, and it is this idea that I want to bring back home to Minnesota in the most Minnesotan way possible; enter Opera on the Lake!

I’m so grateful and excited to see the enthusiasm with which the Twin Cities accepted this project. I’m thrilled to announce that we will be back at the end of July, 2022 with a brand new, semi-staged production, complete with an original chamber orchestra arrangement! You don’t want to miss it.

See you in 2022!

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Putting on a show takes time, talent– and money. From set pieces to costumes, from musicians’ fees to renting out rehearsal space, it all adds up quickly. Simply put, ticket sales alone are not enough. Your tax-deductible contribution is essential to making this creative pursuit a success.

No gift is too small (or large!) and will be used to help our projects be as unique and special as possible. Opera on the Lake is committed to becoming a staple in the Minnesota arts scene and we can only achieve that with your help.

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Opera on the Lake is a sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Opera on the Lake must be made payable to “Springboard for the Arts” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Other Ways to Give

Interested supporting Opera on the Lake in another way?
We are thrilled to welcome other types of donations: volunteering, in-kind donations, matching gifts, or even just spreading the word all make a huge difference.

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Thank you for helping make our creative dreams a reality!