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Operagasm Review Rundown: Arabella at Minnesota Opera

Operagasm Review Rundown: Arabella at Minnesota Opera

by Melissa Wimbish

Craig Irvin as Mandryka and Dale Travis as Count Waldner in the Minnesota Opera production of “Arabella.” (Courtesy photo: Michal Daniel)

Rob Hubbard of The Pioneer Press says they “got the mix just right”!

Check out the Operagasm Review Rundown of Minnesota Opera’s Arabella:

Kudos all around, but especially to Maestro!: ”In this staging, Strauss’ demanding music is handled with exceptional care by an outstanding cast, conductor Michael Christie and the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.”

Who needs elaborate sets when you’ve got elaborate talent?: “While the set only subtly suggests the grandeur of 19th-century Vienna, the performers make it all feel eminently elegant.”

Please check the box labeled ‘Perfection’: “Don’t expect any slamming doors or stumbling down staircases, for everything in Minnesota Opera’s production is presented with grace and class. Yet timing is key to keeping the confusion going, as characters repeatedly just miss one another, and director Tim Albery keeps the action rolling smoothly like the Danube. And he’s blessed with a cast that makes each character vulnerable, believable and voluptuous of voice.”

Get yourself there! Here are the deets:

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul

Tickets: $200-$20, available at 612-333-6669 or

Capsule: Gentle and beautiful, it’s a love story presented with a lot of love.

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