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Minnesota Opera
345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
Admission: $25.00
Individual ticket prices range from $25-$200
Concessions Available
See Website for Specific Performances: Patron Services: M-F, 10am-5pm | 612-333-6669

Opera can be one of the more daunting art forms. I admit I was worried I would be bored and uncomfortable the first time I attended The Minnesota Opera. Opera’s tend to be long and, even when sung in English, it can be hard to follow a conversation sung soprano. When I got there, I was engrossed and fell in love.  My fears were relieved. First, modern operas display subtitles for the audience, so you can always follow the story. Second, it was just a really great story and the performers brought it to life. Perhaps most importantly, the seating is comfortable, so sitting for three hours did not leave me squirming.

Attending Minnesota Opera With Kids

What about attending with kids? I recommend giving it a try after your kids are able to sit through full length children’s theater performances. While operas tend to be more expensive and have longer performance times than other forms of theater, if you cut your teeth on children’s theater, it is not as daunting as its reputation suggests. Once you get past the language barrier, opera is simply a cross between a musical and a classical orchestra performance.

Young boy standing in front of poster that reads "Project Opera presents Memory Boy. Opera for kids of all ages."

It is good to keep in mind that while we share operas that may have themes that could interest children, children under six are not allowed in the hall. Opera may be best suited to children who are experienced theatergoers and strong readers. For younger children, check out the Minnesota Opera’s Youth Opera program has historically performed shorter, all-ages program in English. The downside is that they tend to perform in smaller theaters where seating is not as cushy.

Other Ways to Introduce Children to Opera

The Minnesota Opera offers Youth Opera Programs including summer camps and training programs. for kids ages 4 and up..

Camille’s Rainbow is a performance for babies and toddlers co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Minnesota Opera. You can introduce the youngest children to opera with this series of short videos animated by Dan Scully featuring the music of Camille’s Rainbow.

If you want to introduce your child to opera at home, you could consider a book like Sing Me a Story: The Metropolitan Opera’s Book of Opera Stories for Children. We’ve included a affiliate link and we receive a small commission on any sales through this link. You can also find similar books at the library.

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