Event Pickup Truck Opera

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This event is featured in The Current Summer Guide, highlighting both musical and non-musical things to do this summer in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Mixed Precipitation became a beloved staple in the Twin Cities and around Minnesota through its joyful "Picnic Operetta" program, where the classics were entwined with modern and popular music, performed in community gardens. In light of COVID, the company has altered the concept slightly with its Pickup Truck Opera, which like the earlier iteration is a traveling show. For Volume One: The Odyssey, the company has adapted Monteverdi's 1639 opera, l ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland), adding some Dolly Parton and other country music for good measure. Accompanied by banjo, cello, and pump organ instrumentalists, the operatic singers — including Momoko Tanno in the role of Penlope and Rodolpho Nieto as Ulysses — breathe twangy new life into the baroque classic. The production is led by music director and composer Gary Ruschman, with staging by Jac Miller and producing artistic director Scotty Reynolds. (Sheila Regan)