Valley City State University announces the 2018 Minnesota Opera Residency from Monday February 12 ‑Wednesday, February 14. While on campus, Minnesota Opera resident artists will present a recital, teach a public masterclass, coach VCSU students voice students in lessons, share their expertise in classes, and take part in workshop performances by VCSU music ensembles presenting opera themed works. Minnesota Opera has distinguished itself with productions of unusual and rare operas in the last decade. In 2011, Minnesota Opera produced Silent Night by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, a Minnesota Opera commission that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music. In May 2016, Minnesota Opera produced The Shining, a newly commissioned American opera in two acts with music by composer Paul Moravec and a libretto by Mark Campbell, based on the novel by Stephen King. It is part of the 'New Works Initiative' of Minnesota Opera. Featured Events: Minnesota Opera Artists Recital Monday, February 12, 7:30 PM, Vangstad Auditorium A night of beloved opera arias performed by Minnesota Opera's up and coming stars. A meet-the-artists reception will follow. Featuring Pablos Siqueiros, baritone; Andres (Andy) Acosta, tenor; Bergen Baker, soprano; Nadia Fayad, mezzo soprano; and Lindsay Woodward, piano Minnesota Opera Public Masterclass Tuesday, February 13, 7:30 PM, 7: 30, Vangstad Auditorium Lindsay Woodward, piano Showcasing VCSU Singers, Young Professionals and Area High School Singers. Featured high school singers include William Egan, baritone (Enderlin, ND); Maggie Oberlander, mezzo soprano,(Valley City, ND); Jade Oksendahl, soprano (Valley City, ND), Emily Sahl, soprano (Hunger ND). Featured VCSU singers include Marlen "Mikey" Meester, tenor (Valley City, ND); Joseph Munowenyu, bass baritone (Valley City, ND); Rochelle Van Bruggen, soprano (Marion, ND). Featured young artists include Tylen Bultema, soprano (Fargo, ND); and Ian Sherwood (Fargo, ND). All events are free and open to the public. Contact Robin Allebach at 701-845-7262 for more information.