You can help Skylark Opera Theatre return to the stage with accessible performances of opera and music theater of the highest artistic quality, while developing and highlighting the finest local and regional talent.
The lights dimmed in 2020, the 40th year of bringing Skylark’s unique brand of opera and music theater to Twin Cities audiences, but we have exciting plans for our 2021-2022 season and we hope you are ready to join us.
Making a difference in the lives of seniors
Skylark will be continuing a series of mini-concerts at senior residences throughout the Twin Cities throughout the summer and early fall. “Skylark for Seniors” premiered in the fall of last year as an opportunity to relieve some of the isolation felt by seniors impacted by the restrictions placed on them (and all of us) during the coronavirus pandemic. It was truly heartwarming to see and feel the joy and appreciation our audiences had for the music and the performers. Skylark Opera Theatre has been asked to present even more performances and we welcome the invitations to bring music and its healing powers to Twin Cities seniors.
Returning to the stage in 2021
We are also excited to announce Skylark’s return to live-stage performances in December of 2021, when we will be presenting Amahl and the Night Visitors. Stay tuned for announcements about show dates and ticket sales!
Your generous support will help make our 2021-2022 production year possible. Ticket sales cover less than one-third of the cost of a production, so Skylark greatly relies on generous donations from individuals like you. We are truly grateful for you and your ongoing interest in Skylark Opera’s programming.
Skylark ignites the senses of our audiences by producing dynamic shows in intimate settings, creating an experience unmatched by anything in the region. 2017’s “The Tragedy of Carmen” was gritty, shocking and in-your-face. We could feel the collective gasps of our audiences because of the intimacy of the production. “Don Giovanni” was raucous, physical and completely unleashed. And then there was the poignant, joyful, Minnesota premiere of “As One” which whole-heartedly impacted our community. 2019 brought an adaptation of “Cosi fan tutte” that empowered the female characters as seen through a modern day lens.
“The Most Happy Fella” by Frank Loesser, was presented in October 2019 at the Historic Mounds Theater starring Bill Marshall and Sarah Lawrence. (Directed by Bob Neu.)
Skylark Opera Theatre offers new and traditional repertoire performed with a modernized perspective in site-specific and cutting-edge venues. Originally founded in 1980, the organization adopted the name Skylark Opera in 2006, and transformed to Skylark Opera Theatre in 2016 when Robert Neu was named Artistic Director. With a reimagined focus on innovative, intimate and accessible opera, Skylark Opera Theatre staged critically acclaimed productions of “The Tragedy of Carmen” and “Don Giovanni” in 2017, “As One” in 2018 and “Cosi fan tutte” and "The Most Happy Fella" in 2019.
Skylark Opera Theatre is based in St. Paul and produces work in both St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
About our Artistic Director
Robert Neu is a nationally acclaimed and in-demand director who has directed more than 90 productions nationally and has been the artistic director for Skylark Opera Theatre since 2016 He is a graduate of The Juilliard School is the co-founder of Angels and Demons Entertainment. Robert is engaged frequently to conduct master classes and audition workshops at the University of Minnesota.