The Minnesota Opera continues to prioritize innovation and originality. While brand-new operas are a relative rarity, Twin Citians are treated to world premieres with uncommon regularity: 2011’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night, 2016’s The Shining, and 2020’s forthcoming Edward Tulane, based on a book by local author Kate DiCamillo. Don’t take for granted that Minnesota opera fans can call a show “this season’s world premiere”—especially when this season’s world premiere, The Fix, is an unlikely fusion of orchestral music, sports, and American legend. Librettist Eric Simonson directs this operatic retelling of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal, when the Chicago White Sox, led by Shoeless Joe Jackson, helped rig the World Series. Composer Joel Puckett provides original music while Joshua Dennis stars as Shoeless Joe and Kelly Markgraf plays sportswriting legend Ring Lardner in this true tale of athletes, mobsters, and the subversion of an American pastime.