The Minnesota Opera’s 2018-19 season is a proprietary blend of contemporary and classical. The five-show lineup includes The Italian Straw Hat, a comedy by Godfather composer Nino Rota, and Silent Night, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner that originated here in St. Paul. The series culminates in The Fix, a brand-new Minnesota Opera original, and Verdi’s La Traviata, one of the sturdiest pillars of the repertory. In that spirit of melding the classical and the unfamiliar, this year’s opener, La Rondine, is a deep cut from La Boheme and Madama Butterfly composer Giacomo Puccini. In this Italian-language romantic drama, a lovestruck Parisian socialite (Celine Byrne) must confront class barriers and societal expectations when she pursues a relationship with a pauper (Leonardo Capalbo). From director Octavio Cardenas and conductor Sergio Alapont.