The Italian Straw Hat by MN Opera


Students and families can choose from the following times:

  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:30pm (Preview performance)
    • Please note the date above has changed. The show is now Jan. 24.
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 7:30pm


The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St
St Paul, MN 55102

About the Show

This uproarious comedy, by the composer best known for The Godfather film scores, comes to Minnesota Opera for the first time ever. Groom-to-be Fadinard gallops around Paris on his wedding day in search of a straw hat to replace the one his horse has inadvertently eaten. The bright and breezy score perfectly captures the increasingly ridiculous situation that rides on the edge of chaos. After seeing this 1950s madcap romp, you’ll never look at a hat—or a night at the opera—the same way again!

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage

Children should be 11 years of age or older to attend this performance. Childcare will be provided for those under the age of 11. Please let us know if you need childcare when you make your reservation.


If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

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Request Theater Tickets
or call Project Success at (612) 874-7710

Invited students can pick up tickets at the Project Success table in the lobby of the theater on the dates of the performances. Please arrive 20 minutes before the show to pick up your tickets. Each student/family may receive up to 4 FREE tickets.

Thank you to Project Success theater partner, The Ordway Center for Performing Arts, for providing tickets to students at no cost.


  • Sometimes unexpected events can send our day into a totally different direction. How well do we handle sudden changes in our day? What can we learn from these characters about this?

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