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Opera performed in Duluth’s Glensheen Mansion; a comedy this time, not a tragedy

DULUTH — Mozart’s opera “The Marriage of Figaro” will be performed this month at Glensheen, the Congdon mansion on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth. Students and faculty from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, are featured in the performances, which move throughout the 100+-year-old mansion.

Each of the four acts is performed in a different spot: the recreation room, the living room, the Carriage House and the terrace. Those who’ve toured the historic mansion will recognize those locations.

I discovered this opera business Sunday while signing books in the Carriage House, which also houses the gift shop. Forty fancy chairs were set up alongside the historic carriages in the building. I knew they hadn’t prettied things up just for me!

(Glensheen was the site of the infamous Congdon murders of 1977, when heiress Elisabeth Congdon and her night nurse were killed in the 39-room house. I covered the case from the beginning and wrote “Secrets of the Congdon Mansion” to let people know about the murders and the aftermath.)

Performances of the opera are today through Wednesday, and Aug. 9 through Aug. 11. All shows are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50. Reservations can be made by calling Glensheen at 218-726-8910 or toll free at 1-888-454-GLEN (4536).

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