Hella good noise is being thrown down at the Minnesota Opera this week. Faust opens the opera's season, and as usual there's a world-class cast, amazing production, and a compelling score that has endured for a damn good reason. The kicker is the choreography by Doug Varone. Feathers in his cap include two Bessies, an Obie, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and being selected as the critics' pick for Dance in America: Wolf Trap's Face of America, which you may have caught on PBS recently. Maybe not; we hope you're too busy supporting live theater to watch TV. But even if that's expecting too much, we want you to know: Catching this show scores you bragging rights that will impress even PBS telethon operators. Also of note: The Minnesota Opera posts plots, cast lists, and background information on its website. Browse it before you go for all you need to know. For tickets and info call 612.333.6669 or visit www.mnopera.org.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 1, 2 p.m. Starts: Jan. 24. Continues through Jan. 31, 2009