ABOUT

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!

Join us this summer as we present Die Fledermaus, a timeless operetta from Johann Strauß at the beautiful Como Lakeside Pavilion in Saint Paul. We have assembled a fantastic cast of international and local opera stars plus a small chamber orchestra to deliver a fresh, new take on classic opera with a distinctly Minnesotan twist.

See you in July!


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