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Stand at ease for Minnesota Opera's boot camp

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The Minnesota Opera Company may not start their performances with "Reveille," but they are a dedicated and disciplined bunch taking military queues with their latest program, Opera Boot Camp. The event is devoted to people who have no clue about the world of opera, as well as those who love the genre but want to know more about it. A far cry from the world of push ups and drills, this particular boot camp encourages participants to stand at ease.

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Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Minnesota Opera's teaching artist Angie Keeton will give a brief history, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the costume and scene shops. Appetizers, wine, and beer will surely loosen the mood further--just in time for a vocal lesson. Singers will participate as well, demonstrating the impressive range and types of voices opera requires a performer to have. Keeping with the theme, there will even sing some military-style arias.

Keeton assures us that if visitors aren't comfortable with opera after this evening, "We will drop and give you 20."

Minnesota Opera's membership program, Tempo, along with United Way Emerging Leaders, hosts Opera Boot Camp at the Minnesota Opera Center (620 N. First St., Minneapolis; 612.333.6669). The program takes place Thursday, December 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10-$15.