Maria de Buenos Aires

Mill City Summer Opera whisks you away to Buenos Aires, the birthplace of tango.

María de Buenos Aires beautifully merges the elements of dance, vocals, narration and instruments into a story that unfolds in a glorious underworld of love and passion. Although the heroine dies a tragic death early in the story, she returns ethereally throughout the performance, and the audience too, can abandon realism. Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla has written an operetta that audiences will experience in a profound way. Opera guests will enjoy for the first time in Mill City Summer Opera’s history the integration of dance and opera. Explore the Argentinian roots and love of dance, song, and passion!

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At The Machine Shop

300 2nd St SE | Minneapolis, MN 55414

7:00pm Doors Open with Tango Dancing and Cocktail hour
8:00pm Show Begins
9:30pm Tango Dancing After Party!

Ticket Prices- $75, $50

Show length is 95 minutes with no intermission. Parking recommended in adjacent lot to venue.


If you missed out on advance tickets or are willing to wait in line. We begin selling rush tickets at 6:00pm, one hour prior to doors opening, you may be able to get rush tickets priced at $35 with seating on the main level.

If you’re a student, show your I.D. and your rush ticket is specially priced at just $10 with standing balcony views.

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  • Friday, July 14 – Opening Night – Sold out!
  • Sunday, July 16 – Sold out!
  • Tuesday, July 18 – Sold out!
  • Wednesday, July 19 – Sold out!
  • Thursday, July 20 – Sold out!


Tango and Opera

With a ticket to the opera, attendees will be guided through dance instruction by professional tango dancers prior to the performance. After watching the tango performed as part of the opera performance, those that wish may join in the dance with the cast to the splendid music that complements the dangerous dance that is the TANGO.

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Hot Opera, Hot Venue

In light of the Ruins Courtyard’s extensive renovation throughout the Summer of 2017, MCSO is taking the opera across the Stone Arch Bridge for our sixth season. The shift in venue to The Pillsbury Machine Shop is temporary as restoration work continues in the Ruins Courtyard.

Mill City Summer Opera Thanks Our 2017 Sponsors

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About Mill City Summer Opera

Mill City Summer Opera presents innovative and world-class opera in non-traditional venues. We engage the community and its visitors through financially accessible performances for new and younger audiences, and develop diverse audiences by offering outreach to underserved youth. Mill City Summer Opera was founded with a vision to provide top-quality opera in a casual setting, reaching both existing and new potential opera lovers.


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3208 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55416