Play! out of the Barn: The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Club
A Picnic Operetta By Mixed Precipitation
A new adaptation of Mozart’s opera, La Clemenza di Tito, with high stakes sports drama, natural disasters, and ‘80s new wave music! Celebrating its 11th season, Mixed Precipitation brings an edible opera adventure to parks, farms, and gardens throughout MN in August and September.
In this adaptation of Mozart’s opera, a rag-tag group of players is resurrecting a defunct tennis club. But backstabbing, bitterness, and a murderous revenge plot threaten their rise to the top of Rome’s championship match. Will they find redemption before Mount Vesuvius covers them in ash? When can cheaters be forgiven? All is presented with the Picnic Operetta’s trademark style of playfulness, satire, and hope. Classic arias and duets from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito soar across the garden alongside new wave and synth-pop hits by Devo, Berlin, Yaz, and Pat Benatar. Our operatic athletes will serve the audience some fresh edible bites as well.
Suggested admission $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.
Performance photos by Clare Nieto
Mission: Mixed Precipitation is a performance company that creates unexpected theatrical experiences through unique partnerships and festive events that inspire social engagement.
Activities: Since 2009, Mixed Precipitation has annually produced the Picnic Operetta, reimagining classic opera for outdoor performance. The Picnic Operetta brings together classical music, food production, and storytelling into a celebration of harvest and local food assets. Additional projects include the annual Olympic quadrangle spectacular Tonya and Nancy: The Opera (2010, 2014, and 2018) and music education programming with Adventures in Cardboard.
Programming History: In 2019 Mixed Precipitation will mount its 11th annual Picnic Operetta, continuing the success of unique outdoor performances in the metro and throughout Minnesota.
“It’s the most magical afternoon I’ve had since childhood. The birds, butterflies,
slight breeze, delicious morsels of food, communal atmosphere, and of course the fantastic performance by your company had me charmed beyond my expectations.”
– Audience Member at the J.D. Rivers’ Children’s Garden, North Minneapolis
“The live performance art of the operetta is refreshing and the fact that it incorporates the garden’s harvest further integrates all the garden’s assets for community-building, education, expression, and celebration of people and culture.”
– Kristen Saylor, Executive Director of Gardening Matters
“The show was brilliant! Not at all easy to pull off so major an undertaking and you folks did it magnificently. We loved the food nibbles too. You absolutely maximized on all the different features — the outdoors, the environment, the food, the sense of community, but most importantly on the sheer talent. Amazing singing talent.”
– Dr. Andrew Cohen, Center for Advanced Research, University of Minnesota
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.