The Minnesota Opera’s 55th season continues the company’s legacy of balancing innovation with fidelity to the traditions of the repertory. The lineup ranges from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, often referred to as the perfect opera, to Fellow Travelers, based on a 2007 novel by Thomas Mallon about sexual politics in the McCarthy era. The season’s debut, Don Pasquale, blends shades of the modern and the classical. Gaetano Donizetti’s opera buffa debuted in 1843 and drew on even earlier traditions of the 16th-century Italian comedia dell’arte, an often-improvised form of theater populated with recognizable stock characters. Director Chuck Hudson moves the action to 1950s Hollywood, where the curmudgeonly Don Pasquale is reimagined as a fading silent movie star beset by jealousy over his lovestruck nephew, Ernesto. Featuring Craig Colclough in the title role, David Walton as Ernesto, and soprano Susannah Biller as the beautiful widow Norina.