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Minnesota Opera Records

Identifier: PA102

Scope and Content Note

Collection contains administrative records, production records, publicity, designs, and models. The collection also includes photographic materials such as slides.


  • 1963-2005


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Restrictions on Access

Collection contains unprocessed materials. Access to these materials may be limited. Some materials may be restricted to the public for a period of 10 years. Please contact the Performing Arts Archives for more information regarding access to this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright is retained by the copyright holders.

Historical Note

The Minnesota Opera was founded in 1963 as the Center Opera Company of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company operated as a branch of the Walker Art Center's performing arts division until they spun-off as a sperate company in 1969. The company continued to operate under the name Center Opera until a name change to Minnesota Opera in 1972. In 1976 the company merged with the St. Paul Opera and, in the mid-1980s, began regularly performing out of the Ordway Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The opera company continues to produce new and tarditional operatice repertoire in the Ordway.


175 Linear Feet


Collection consists of the records created by the Minnesota Opera.

Physical Location

Printing Services, High Bay


The collection was donated to the Performing Arts Archives by the Minnesota Opera.

Related Materials

Related collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries include: Center Opera collection (PA010).

Processing Information

Collection is unprocessed. Please contact the archivist for more information.


Minnesota Opera Records
Kathryn Hujda
February 2017
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Collecting Area Details

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