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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