Mark your calendars!
Opera on the Lake presents
Die Csárdásfürstin
 (The Csardas Princess
July 26,28,29 and August 1,3,4
at the Como Lakeside Pavilion!

This absolute gem of a piece was a huge hit back in its day, and is still performed regularly in Europe. It tells the story of Sylva Varescu, a successful cabaret performer who falls in love with a Viennese nobleman.
Full of lush melodies, humor, emotion and wit, you’ll see and hear why
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Csardas Princess) remains an enduring hit of the operetta genre. 

This year we are going bigger and bolder than ever with

  • 6 performances at the Como Lakeside Pavilion— that’s twice as many as in years past!
  • a larger cast, including a chorus
  • an expanded chamber orchestra
  • improved tech and sound
  • commissioned set pieces, backdrops, and costumes from Minnesotan designers

and, as always

  • ​a completely original English dialogue libretto crafted by Creative Director, Anne Wieben
  • a brand new chamber orchestra arrangement by our conductor, Marco Real d’Arbelles

​Take a listen to one of the most famous arias from Die CsárdásfürstinHeia in den Bergen:

Die Csárdásfürstin(The Csardas Princess) is a show you definitely don’t want to miss!
Mark your calendars today!


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, 2023 with a brand new, semi-staged production, complete with another original chamber orchestra arrangement! You don’t want to miss it.

See you in 2023!

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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!