See you in 2024!

Photo (c) Brianne Bland Photography

This absolute gem of a piece tells the story of Sylva Varescu, a successful cabaret performer who falls in love with a nobleman. Can their love survive the pressures of society? 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 production features a completely original English dialogue libretto crafted by Creative Director, Anne Wieben, as well as a brand new chamber orchestra arrangement by our conductor and Musical Director, Marco Real d’Arbelles.

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


Sylva Varescu:
Anne Wieben: July 26, 28, August 4
Ariana Strahl: July 29, August 1, 3 

Edwin ​Lippert-Weyersheim:
David Walton: July 28, 29, August 1, 3, 4
Wesley Frye: July 26

Count Boni Káncsiánu:
Justin Spenner: July 26, 28, 29, August 1, 3
Trevor Lemon-Todd: August 4

Countess Stasi:
Melanie Long: all dates

Feri von Kerekes:
Michelle Monroe: all dates

Gräfin ​Lippert-Weyersheim:
Amy Wolf : all dates

Maggie Burr, Wesley Frye, Anna Maher, Blanka Melbostad, Eryn Tvete, ​Trevor Lemon-Todd,. Amy Wolf

Musical Director: Marco Real d’Arbelles
Director/Producer/Libretto: Anne Wieben
​Rehearsal and pit pianist: Jordan Buchholtz

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​Take a listen to one of the most famous arias from Die Csárdásfürstin, Heia in den Bergen, sung by our own Anne Wieben:

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 bring Emmerich Kalman’s masterpiece Die Csárdásfürstin (The Csardas Princess) to life this, our 4th summer season! Enjoy a brand new, semi-staged production, complete with another original chamber orchestra arrangement and the bubbly charm and fun you’ve come to expect. Trust me: you don’t want to miss it!

See you on the lake!

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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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