Skip to main content

Minnesota Opera's world premiere of Doubt gains critical acclaim

  • Author:
  • Updated:

While plenty of Minnesotans gathered in St. Paul this weekend, not all of them were gawking at ice sculptures or Crashed Ice daredevils. Have no doubt some of them came downtown to see the opera.

The Minnesota Opera commissioned an adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Doubt," which made its world premiere at St. Paul's Ordway Center over the weekend. It was hailed with a standing ovation from those in attendance and a favorable review that appeared in newspapers around the country.

Shanley wrote the libretto, making this his third version of "Doubt," following stage and movie incarnations. A writer in the Star Tribune also considered the opera a success, calling it absorbing and "a philosophical yet lyrical whodunit."

"Doubt" depicts the layers of uncertainty surrounding a Catholic school principal's efforts to remove a priest suspected of abusing a student. Saturday night's debut was eagerly awaited in operatic circles, with MinnPost reporting even some across the pond in London paying attention to it.

MPR visited with Shanley and some of the performers in the early stages of rehearsals last summer.

"Doubt" is part of the Minnesota Opera's celebration of its 50th season. It continues through Feb. 3. More commissions are in the works, thanks to the Opera's $7 million New Works Initiative.

Next Up

Police tape

Woman dies after being shot in Minneapolis

The woman in her 20s died at the scene.


Twin Cities liquor store worker offers shoes off her feet to unhoused man

The man asked for boxes to use as makeshift shoes before the woman offered hers.

Screen Shot 2022-12-08 at 2.19.37 PM

St. Paul PD releases footage showing fatal police shooting of Howard Johnson

The 24-year-old died after being shot by a St. Paul officer Monday night.


22 dogs taken in by Animal Humane Society from shuttered breeder

The dogs were taken in after a report stated there were too many on a single property.


Latest on the 2 snowstorms set to impact Minnesota

The first arrives Thursday night into Friday before a bigger system comes next week.


Cop who pepper-sprayed downtown protesters received $150K payout

Samantha Belcourt said she "feared for her life."

Powerball Minnesota lottery

$1 million Powerball prize won in Twin Cities

The winning ticket was sold in Chanhassen for Wednesday's draw.

Screen Shot 2022-12-08 at 9.16.18 AM

Animales Barbeque Co. looks to open brick-and-mortar location

The popular food truck has partnered with the owner of Billy Sushi.

Christmas presents

Here are some 2022 holiday shipping deadlines to keep in mind

Most deadlines are a few days before Christmas Eve.


Minnesota stocks gaining ground

Even before the Fed made its big announcement last week that it would try to juice the economy by buying large quantities of mortgage bonds, most of Minnesota's biggest companies were gaining ground, the Star Tribune reports. Total return for the Bloomberg-Star Tribune 100 index of Minnesota stocks was up 13.8 percent through Friday, with 65 gainers and 33 losers, the newspaper reported.

Minnesota Opera, Graywolf Press works win Pulitzer Prizes

The Minnesota Opera commissioned and premiered Kevin Puts' "Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts," which tells the story of a World War I cease fire. St. Paul-based Graywolf Press published Tracy K. Smith's poetry collection "Life on Mars," which was also a Pulitzer winner.

'Affordable' Opera aims to change perceptions

You won’t see any tuxedo-clad audience members at the Mill City Summer Opera — you’re much more likely to see folks in shorts with a glass of wine and a sandwich from caterers, according to the organization behind the production. Tickets start at $25.

3 world premieres among Walker Art Center's 2012-13 lineup

Six major commissions, three world premieres and more than two-dozen performances make up the Walker Art Center's 2012-2013 performing arts season. Featuring everything from dance to experimental music, the Walker's lineup includes a two-night engagement with iconic performance artist Laurie Anderson and a project involving Wilco guitarist Nels Cline.