Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
all Opera on the Lake activity has been canceled

Dear Patrons, Friends, and Artists

It is with great sadness that I say the uncertainties presented by the global pandemic have made it impossible for us to present our shows as planned. It looks like our concert at Lake Harriet as well as the entire The Merry Widow production will just have to wait.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to bring this show to life as well as take Opera on the Lake to some new places.  But the safety of our artists and audiences is of the utmost importance. It is my belief that the sacrifice now means we can come back full force next summer. Let’s all do our best to stay healthy so we can make it happen!

These are unprecedented and unpredictable times for everyone. We in the arts are facing some unique (and difficult) challenges. The answers to the questions of “how” and “when” to move forward are not at all clear, yet the “why” remains ever constant: to create and share magic moments with YOU.

I promise, OTL will be back as soon as it is safe and feasible.

Thank you all for your unwavering support and enthusiasm.

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, and Stay in Touch!

With gratitude,

Anne Wieben

Thinking ahead and staying positive!


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. 15 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!

Our premiere production, Die Fledermaus, was a huge success, thanks to our fans and our generous donors. We had a remarkable turnout, and 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, 2020 with another bubbly operetta, full of Minnesota fun. More info coming soon!

See you in 2020!

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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.

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Thank you for helping make our creative dreams a reality!