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Willmar native Andrew Wilkowske has performed frequently with the Minnesota Opera, including his roles in "The Marriage of Figaro," "Grapes of Wrath" and "The Magic Flute."

A Carnegie Hall debut

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Andrew Wilkowske first encountered the stories and characters of American novelist John Steinbeck when he was a student at Willmar High School.


These days, the 1993 Willmar graduate has reason to know Steinbeck especially well.

Wilkowske, 34, a classically trained baritone, sang two years ago in the Minnesota Opera's world premiere of "The Grapes of Wrath."

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Anne Polta

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