Andrew Wilkowske is a native Willmar, Minn., and Adriana Zabala has adopted Minnesota as her home away from home. They both came up through Minnesota Opera’s Young Artists program and are now playing the central roles in the North American premiere of The Adventures of Pinocchio. 3-Minute Egg went to Wednesday’s dress rehearsal. The opera opens Saturday at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, with five curtains through March 8.