Pickup Truck Opera: Vol 2, The Magic Flute

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Pickup Truck Opera: Vol 2, The Magic Flute

This performance of the traveling operatic adventure benefits the Ely Folk School! See you in Whiteside Park

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Whiteside Park 721 East Sheridan St Ely, MN 55731

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Make a reservation for this outdoor opera extravaganza! Suggested donation,$10- $25 per person.

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 on-line 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.


  • Parking is available along South 7th Avenue, on the west side of the park. Accessible bathrooms are on site.
  • Please bring a folding chair or blanket, and a beverage to stay cool. We'll have sunscreen and bug spray.
  • The show is approximately 75-90 minutes.
  • All performances are on rain or shine.

To learn more about our cast and crew and our summer travels, click here.

The Pickup Truck Opera continues Mixed Precipitation’s 14-year tradition of outdoor theater 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."

Watch a video clip from our 2021 production below.