“Opera on the River” brings International Opera Sensation and Stillwater Native, Jack Swanson, Home with a Live Outdoor Concert on the St. Croix River.

“Opera on the River” brings International Opera Sensation and Stillwater Native, Jack Swanson, Home with a Live Outdoor Concert on the St. Croix River.

Stillwater, MN, Release: April 14, 2019. For Immediate Release

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On Saturday, August 10th, 2019, enter the enchanting world of multi-award-winning international opera singer and Stillwater native, Jack Swanson, and other special guests, for an interactive live outdoor concert of opera and musical theatre favorites at Lowell Park in Stillwater, MN titled, “Opera on the River”. The event will take the audience on a fantastic journey throughout the ages. During the concert, members of Stillwater and the greater St. Croix Valley region, will enjoy a magical experience: they will become passengers on “the river” and explore the power of love and inspiration with the sounds of swashbuckling heroic opera arias, all the way to romantic duets, and entertaining musical theatre hits. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.


“Opera on the River” will take place on Saturday, August 10 at 7 p.m. in Lowell Park, downtown Stillwater, MN. This is a free event and the park will open to the public at noon. Picnic items; blankets, chairs, and picnic baskets are welcome and encouraged in order to claim your space on the park lawn for an enjoyable afternoon as you wait for the concert to begin. VIP seating and other special access on the day will be provided for event sponsors. Contact Operatunity Theatre at OperaOnTheRiver@OperatunityTheatre.org to inquire about becoming a sponsor for the event, or to become a patron, please visit our online donation page: https://www.givemn.org/story/Operaontheriver, and consider making a contribution to help fund “Opera on the River” this coming August.

“Opera on the River” comes to Lowell Park direct from Operatunity Theatre and Rouse Legacy with support from the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, the Main Street Stillwater Independent Business Alliance, the Discover Stillwater Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Saint Croix Valley Regional Tourism Alliance, Amadè Music, Inc., and The Zephyr Theatre. Jack Swanson and friends will welcome local residents of the St. Croix Valley area and greater Twin Cities metro of all ages and will introduce them to a new vision for the future of annual music offerings for the region. Live local musicians, orchestra and singers alike, accompanying the headliners, will create the most meaningful, memorable atmosphere that everyone in attendance will continue to hum all year long.

Jack 1 (c) Jennie Moser“I cannot wait to return to Stillwater this August for our concert in Lowell Park. From the very beginning of my music career, this town’s community has supported me and several of my friends in our performing endeavors and for that, I am extremely grateful. My friends and I will perform several of the familiar musical theater classics and hopefully introduce you to some great music you’ve never heard before. Through Operatunity Theatre, we’re hoping that this event is only the beginning of bringing fantastic, professional music offerings to our little town of Stillwater and the greater St. Croix Valley region.” -Jack Swanson


More information about Jack Swanson and “Opera on the River” can be found at: https://operatunitytheatre.org/opera-on-the-river/

“Our primary goal for the 2019 summer festival project “Opera on the River” is to ObedFloanSeriousReduxprovide the highest quality music production in the form of a live outdoor concert for the community of Stillwater and the surrounding region. We hope this project will serve as an example of our ongoing plans to enrich the supportive community of the greater St. Croix Valley, advancing the arts in this region to the next level. We envision our company creating a range of summer events in the region built in part on the model of the nationally known Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts. Given the wealth of venue locations around the Twin Cities East Metro area, with the idyllic scenery of Stillwater as home base, we feel it’s time to bring a nationally, if not internationally recognized music festival together through multiple partnerships with established performing arts companies of the region. We also hope to expand our activities beyond the summer season.” -Obed Floan, Operatunity Theatre

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Operatunity Theatre is a new non-profit opera/musical theatre company with headquarters in Stillwater, MN. The mission of Operatunity Theatre is to produce high quality musical performances in the Twin Cities East Metro (specifically the Stillwater/St. Croix River Valley) area that enrich the arts environment and help amateur artists advance their careers by performing alongside experienced professionals. Our vision is to establish Stillwater and its surroundings as a regional music cultural center with a vibrant community of emerging and professional artists. The goal of the organization is to curate an ongoing regular season of opera/musical theatre productions in Stillwater, including an annual summer music festival, to achieve these ends. We propose providing talented singers from the region the opportunity to gain the stage experience they need move from emerging/amateur status into a full professional career, sustainably bridging the arts in this region to the rest of the nation/world in the process.

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