See Siena Forest Live


March 22-31, 2019

Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Skylark Opera; directed by Bob Neu.

Don Alfonso will be sung by Luke Williams— the first time they’ll be in a show together since meeting in the Candide Chorus at Indiana University in 2012!

Candide  at Indiana University in 2012

Candide at Indiana University in 2012


January 26 - February 3, 2019

La Modista in The Italian Straw Hat with Minnesota Opera.

“This uproarious comedy, by the composer best known for The Godfather film scores, comes to Minnesota Opera for the first time ever. Groom-to-be Fadinard gallops around Paris on his wedding day in search of a straw hat to replace the one his horse has inadvertently eaten. The bright and breezy score perfectly captures the increasingly ridiculous situation that rides on the edge of chaos. After seeing this 1950s madcap romp, you’ll never look at a hat—or a night at the opera—the same way again!”


January 11, 2019

7:00 PM

Verdi’s Sei Romanze (1845) with James Barnett, piano

LOFTrecital joins MN Opera for a special Behind the Curtain featuring music from the trifecta of Italian composers Puccini, Rota, and Verdi.  The evening kicks off with an insider look at the upcoming production of Nino Rota’s The Italian Straw Hat, opening in January at the Ordway. LOFTrecital pairs its unique blend of rare musical gems with some of the most iconic music ever written for the movie screen, including music from Rota’s The Godfather.

For tickets and more information, click here.


December 7-9, 2018

Soloist with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus in A Million Reasons to Believe.

“Our annual holiday concert is always guaranteed to get our audiences in the spirit of the season and this year we’re giving you A Million Reasons to Believe! From traditional favorites with pop influences to our very own interpretation of what really happened that night in Bethlehem, we will leave you inspired, renewed and entertained! Join us and our new Artistic Director, Gerald Gurss as we give all of us A Million Reasons to Believe in the spirit of the holidays – as only TCGMC can do!  December 7 & 8, 2018 at 8pm; December 9, 2018 at 2pm.” Ted Mann Concert Hall

 
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December 1, 2018

In honor of World AIDS Day, Loft Recital is offering a free recital featuring selections from the AIDS Quilt Songbook. James Barnett accompanies Siena Forest, Victoria Vargas, Christian Sanders, Sanghun Han, Jordan Legget, and Cecily Parnas.

The Cowles Center, Target Studio at 7:00 PM.

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Siena performed “Chacun le sait” on WCCO’s Mid-Morning News to promote Out of the Box Opera’s Diva Cage Match.

October 19, 2018

 
Accompanied by the incomparable Lara Bolton. Photo by David Lefkowich.

Accompanied by the incomparable Lara Bolton. Photo by David Lefkowich.


Die Zauberflöte with the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN and a special Cabaret Performance on August 9th.

August 18-19, 2018


July, 2018

Siena returned to Mill City Summer Opera in her third production as Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, having previously performed with Minnesota Opera and Lakes Area Music Festival.


1st Place Winner in Metropolitan Opera National Council Arkansas District

Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR at 1:00 PM. This event is FREE and open to the public.

January 27, 2018

 
Photo from https://www.facebook.com/MONCAuditions/

Photo from https://www.facebook.com/MONCAuditions/


October 28, 2017

OPERA DIVA CAGE MATCH at Uppercut Boxing Gym with Out of the Box Opera 

Photo by Mike Madison @bumpopera

Photo by Mike Madison @bumpopera


August 12-13, 2017

Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen with the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN

Performances August 12th and 13th


August 5, 2017

Lakeside Cabaret with Lakes Area Music Festival at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge


March 11-19, 2017

World premiere of Dinner at Eight by National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award-winning composer, William Bolcom, and the astoundingly prolific librettist, Mark Campbell at Minnesota Opera. Directed by Tomer Zvulun and Conducted by David Agler

Visit the media page for a clip of Paula and Larry's duet featuring THE Richard Troxell!

"Not THE Larry Renault" from  Dinner at Eight;  "Backting" provided by Richard Troxell

"Not THE Larry Renault" from Dinner at Eight; "Backting" provided by Richard Troxell

Click for a synopsis and to listen to some clips ("Not THE Larry Renault" featuring Minnesota Opera Orchestra, conductor David Agler and tenor, David Walton) from the final workshop in November 2016. 


Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Minnesota District. This event is FREE and will be held in Benson Great Hall at Bethel University.

Click here for additional information

February 18, 2017

10:00 - 4:00 PM


"Love Lost, Love Found" with Out of the Box Opera at the Weisman Art Museum

Join Siena Forest, soprano Jeni Houser, tenor Brian Wallin, pianist Lara Bolton and director David Lefkowich for a Valentine's Day Concert!

Find tickets and additional information here

February 14, 2016

7:00 - 8:30 PM


November 14-18, 2016

Final orchestral reading of composer William Bolcom and librettist Mark Campbell's new opera Dinner at Eight at Minnesota Opera. Siena is singing the role of Paula Jordan, a young New York socialite, daughter of Oliver and Millicent Jordan, engaged to marry Earnest. However, Paula is secretly having an affair with Larry Renault, a washed-up actor struggling with alcoholism and his failing career. Performances March 11, 16, 18, 19, 2017.

Photo from the first piano reading in May 2016 at Minnesota Opera; from left to right: Siena Forest, conductor David Agler, librettist Mark Campbell, soprano Jeni Houser. Photo by Theresa Nelson Murray

Photo from the first piano reading in May 2016 at Minnesota Opera; from left to right: Siena Forest, conductor David Agler, librettist Mark Campbell, soprano Jeni Houser. Photo by Theresa Nelson Murray


Semi-finalist in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.

October 29-30, 2016


4th Place Win in Piccola Opera's Third Annual Opera Competition Siena performed "Caro Nome" from Verdi's Rigoletto! Congratulations to all the singers involved!

October 22, 2016


January 23, 2016

"Par le rang et par l'opulence... Salut a la France!" and "Presentation of the Rose" were sung and Siena received an encouragement award in the Minnesota District 2016 MET National Council Auditions! Congratulations to all the winners, singers, judges and the incomparable Mary Jo Gothmann!

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 2016 Pianist: Mary Jo Gothmann

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 2016 Pianist: Mary Jo Gothmann


September 9, 2015

Congratulations Minnesota Opera for taking two spots in on the 10 Scene-Stealing Theatre Performances from 2014-2015!

Michael Daniel for Minnesota Opera 2015

Michael Daniel for Minnesota Opera 2015

"Siena Forest and Bergen Baker as Carmen’s galpals Frasquita and Mercédès in Minnesota Opera’s groovy, 1970s Spain production of Carmen." 

"Brenda Harris as the master manipulator (and masterfully creepy) Eleanor Iselin in Minnesota Opera’s The Manchurian Candidate."