Pickup Truck Opera

Saturday, August 20 | 3:00 PM at Peace Plaza

Pickup Truck Opera

Pickup Truck Opera Volume 2: The Magic Flute

Saturday, August 20 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM at Peace Plaza

Mozart’s 1791 opera, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), is thrust into modern times and a not-so-distant future. Our young heroes are early-career professionals entering essential jobs with a high risk of burnout. Young Tamino is a first-year teacher at an underfunded school, Strange Land Middle. Pamina is an education specialist but she’s been hijacked by an online startup, SarastroCrop. Rival forces attempt to control the destiny of these eager and impressionable heroes.


This futuristic telling of the opera is created by music director Gary Ruschman, playwright Francisco Benavides, and staging director Taous Khazem. Mixed Precipitation tells the story with a cast of singers, puppeteers, and instrumentalists, featuring Mozart’s fiery arias, epic choruses, and the groovy beats of the 90s discotheque, including Deee-lite, Pizzicato Five, Icelandic pop star Björk, and other 90s hits.


The performance takes place outdoors as street theatre in Rochester's Peace Plaza. Parking is available at Center Street Parking Ramp (110 West Center Street) or the SP + Parking Ramp (100 1st Street SW).


What to bring: A folding chair or blanket for your comfort. A beverage for hydration on a hot day. Merchandise is available via cash, card, Venmo or PayPal.


The performance is approximately 75-90 minutes.


Reservations are always FREE and no one is ever turned away at performances. Using the link below, you can reserve a spot and make a voluntary contribution, $10 - $25 per person recommended: CLICK HERE


To learn more about the cast and crew and their summer travels: CLICK HERE


The Pickup Truck Opera continues Mixed Precipitation’s 14-year tradition of outdoor opera extravaganzas, touring Minnesota communities in late summer. Mixed Precipitation began this mobile format in 2020, using a blue 2011 Ford Ranger Pickup Truck and a trailer as the container and platform for the opera's action. This allowed them to reach audiences on neighborhood streets, public squares, libraries, and care facilities. They reached an audience of over 3,000 in 2021 with their production, Pickup Truck Opera: Volume One - The Odyssey. One audience member called their production “A magnificent, heart-warming, communal art experience."


Thank you to Rochester Downtown Alliance, Home Federal and Destination Medical Center for making this performance possible.