• Opera Reading Project’s Balls & Once Upon the Wind

    Come be a part of Opera Reading Project’s first-ever ticketed opera reading performances! On June 10 and 11, 2023, at 6:30 p.m., we are thrilled to present concert readings of two contemporary one-act operas at St. Paul’s Nautilus Music-Theater: Balls by Laura Karpman, a re-telling of the famous nail-biting tennis match between women’s champion Billie Jean King… Read more

  • An Opera Theatre’s Divas & Drag

    June 16-18 DIVAS & DRAG (D&D) is an unabashed celebration of identity; of all the beautiful, expressive ways that we know ourselves. Showcasing the art of Drag and the spectacle of Opera local Drag artists and Opera artists forge their brilliance for unforgettable mashups celebrating self-expression through the most spectacular art forms ever to grace… Read more

  • Skylark Opera Theatre’s Three Decembers

    Three Decembers will be directed by the multi-talented Gary Briggle, RDO’s newly appointed Executive Director. Visit for more information and tickets. Read more

  • Promotions

    Join Raison d’Être Opera’s mailing list by 4/28 to be entered into a raffle for two tickets to Minnesota Opera’s closing performance on May 21. The winner will be announced at the end of Pat’s Perspectives!Through May 4th, with every $10 donation to RDO, your name is entered into a drawing to win a $200… Read more

  • Pat’s Perspectives

    Interpretations of Don Giovanni often rely on archetypes—either the Don is a sadistic monster or a charming seducer; the women are either victims or if given fuller characterizations, Donna Anna is frigid, Donna Elvira is a neurotic bitch, and Zerlina is a delicious, compliant, little morsel. In truth, Mozart and DaPonte have given us a… Read more

  • Raison d’Être Opera Names New Executive Director

    Raison d’Être Opera, a nonprofit organization that highlights and celebrates the talents of experienced, mature performers through musical presentations and social events for audiences of all ages, has named Gary Briggle as its new Executive Director.  “We are so very pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Briggle as Executive Director,” enthused Debra Gilroy, the… Read more

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