Skylark Opera Theatre

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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.)


Ticket sales cover less than one-third of the cost of a production. Skylark performances greatly rely on generous donations from individuals like you.


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. 


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.

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Skylark Opera Theatre

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75 W. Fifth St., #224
St. Paul, MN 55102

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