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Announcing Opera on the River 2024!

Saturday, July 27, 2024 - Lowell Park South, Stillwater, MN

If Rain: Trinity Lutheran Church

Grand Concert starts at 7:30 p.m.


Opera on the River 2023


Opera on the River 2022

Experience the magic of St. Croix Valley Opera's Opera on the River 2024 Festival, returning to the picturesque banks of the St. Croix River in downtown Stillwater! Join us for a month of festivities, including St. Croix Valley Opera's 4th Annual Opera on the River Vocal Competition on June 29th at Bethel Lutheran Church in Downtown Hudson, WI. The festival culminates with the Opera on the River Grand Concert on July 27th at 7:30 pm in the park as well, a free event open to all! Bring your chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets and enjoy an enchanting evening of music, featuring headliners soprano Jeni Houser, mezzo-soprano Katherine Beck, tenor Anthony Léon, and baritone Patrick

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Carfizzi. With our chamber orchestra led by our returning conductor, Andrew Sun from Minnesota Opera, experience an unforgettable journey through beloved opera and musical theater classics, culminating in a breathtaking finale under the sunset sky in Lowell Park on the banks of the beautiful St. Croix River! Don't miss your chance to hum your favorite tunes from the evening in the days and weeks following the festival! For an even more luxurious experience, upgrade to our VIP packages with box seating, charcuterie boxes by That Girl Brie, and alcohol-removed wine also available. Limited packages are available - reserve yours today!

Opera on the River 2024 Headliners:


Jeni Houser



Katherine Beck


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Andrew Sun


Featuring chamber orchestra by STRINGenius, including members of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.


Don't want to hassle with carrying a lawn chair to the park? Want to be treated like royalty at the Opera on the River 2024 Festival? Then grab your VIP Box Seats now! You'll enjoy the ultimate VIP treatment with prime front and center box table seating with cocktail tables and chairs, and a delectable charcuterie box from That Girl Brie (sold separately). This is the exclusive opportunity you've been waiting for to indulge in the best that the festival has to offer. Don't miss out on this new box seating experience - click the adjacent image to make your selections and get your VIP Experience tickets today!

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We are proud to once again partner with our friend Brianne at That Girl Brie who provides the delicious gourmet charcuterie offerings. You can learn more about her at:

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The Opera on the River Vocal Competition on June 29th at Bethel Lutheran Church in Downtown Hudson, WI is open to unmanaged singers between the ages of 18 and 34. Full eligibility criteria can be found here. The judging panel for the competition includes UMN's Jane Giering-De Haan, UW Superior's Jeffrey Madison, and MN Opera's Darius Gillard. Modest cash prizes will be awarded to the singers who place first, second, and third, and there will also be a "People's Choice" candidate selected by the spectators. The top winning singer may also have an opportunity to be recognized in the Opera on the River Grand Concert at the end of the month. The general public is invited to attend all of the vocal competition day, hosted at Bethel Lutheran Church Downtown Campus in Hudson, WI.

Beginning at 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 27th, 2024, SCVO will host a Performing Arts Fair in Lowell Park that will include other music and arts organizations, non-profits, and schools from around the region representing their organizations to the crowd in the park. The performing arts fair serves two community-focused purposes by providing a platform for Opera on the River attendees to explore all of the arts offerings that our vibrant region has to offer, and by encouraging them to explore the Stillwater area and the downtown community of unique businesses and restaurants.

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According to Obed Floan, SCVO’s Executive Director, "We at St. Croix Valley Opera are thrilled to witness the ever-growing popularity of Opera on the River Festival, a testament to the enduring support of our community. This expansion not only enriches the cultural tapestry of the greater St. Croix Valley but also introduces audiences to the diverse performing arts offerings across the region. Join us for an array of family-friendly activities, from the Vocal Competition to the Performing Arts Fair, culminating in the spectacular Grand Concert. We eagerly anticipate welcoming you all!"


Obed Floan

Executive Director

Volunteer Operatunities!

Are you ready to be a part of something truly special? Join us for Opera on the River 2024, a magical festival brought to you by St. Croix Valley Opera. We're looking for passionate volunteers to help us make this event unforgettable.


There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and make a difference. As a volunteer, you'll get to experience the beauty of the St. Croix River while enjoying world-class opera performances.


We provide all the training and resources you need to succeed, so no prior experience is necessary. You can sign up for specific shifts by clicking the adjacent SignUp Genius button.

And if you're interested in pursuing a career in opera, this is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable experience and make connections in the industry.


Join us for Opera on the River 2024 and be a part of something truly special. Contact us today to learn more about how you can get involved!

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