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Position: Project Opera Music Director
Reports to: Chief Learning Officer
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Salary: Commensurate with experience plus benefits (paid vacation, sick days, dental, flex spending, life/disability insurance, 403B)

Summary: The Music Director position consists of leading Project Opera, a vocal training program for children ages 8-18 (.5 FTE), and serving as a Teaching Artist for Music Out Loud, an El Sistema-inspired afterschool program for local school children (.5 FTE). Duties include establishing and maintaining relationships with strategic community partners, developing curriculum, and conducting program assessment and evaluation. Additional duties include assisting in program fund development, serving as a community spokesperson and other related duties that support and promote both programs.

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Position: Resident Artist Assistant Technical Director
Department: Resident Artist Program / Production
Reports to:
Technical Director
Status: Full-time Seasonal
Compensation: Resident Artists receive a full-time seasonal employee salary of $913.00 per week with health insurance benefits and opportunity for 403b plan. The position has the potential for yearly renewal for a maximum of three years. Resident Artists are responsible for transportation and housing.

Summary: As a component of Minnesota Opera’s commitment to diversifying the production workforce this position is reserved for a person of color pursuing a career in technical direction. This program expansion aims to ensure a diverse, qualified roster of future leaders by creating an intentional network of historically underrepresented persons to serve both the company and the field. The Resident Artist Technical Director assists the Technical Director in managing and supporting the operations of the Scene Shop, Properties, Lighting/Video, and Sound Departments. The RAP ATD assists the Technical Director in managing projects from conception through completion with the design and creative teams for each production. The position assists the TD in the research and development, engineering, construction, installation, maintenance, and transfer of scenery for all productions produced and presented by Minnesota Opera.

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Position: Patron Services Representative
Department: Marketing & Communications
Reports to: Patron Services Manager
Status: Part-time, non-exempt
Hours: Monday – Friday, some nights and weekends, 15-25 hours/week
Hourly Wage: $11.50

Summary: This entry-level, part-time position provides excellent customer service to all Minnesota Opera patrons via multiple channels (inbound and outbound calls, email, mail, in person) and supports daily Patron Services operations. Patron Services Representatives will possess expert knowledge of Minnesota Opera performances and events, and will go above and beyond to ensure an extraordinary customer experience, both at the Opera Center in Minneapolis and at the Ordway in St. Paul.

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There are no internship openings at this time.


2019-2020 Chorus

The operas that include chorus next season are:

Elektra, The Barber of Seville, Edward Tulane (World Premiere), and Don Giovanni

Audition dates:

  • Tuesday, May 7 – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 8 – 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 11 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Monday, May 13 – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Audition requirement:

One aria or art song, preferably in Italian or German.

How to apply:

Click here to access the application and fill out all of the fields in the form. (You will need to sign into a Google account in order to upload your headshot and resume.)

Minnesota Opera Orchestra

Minnesota Opera will hold auditions to fill the following core positions in the Minnesota Opera Orchestra:

  • Assistant Principal Violin 2 – Monday, April 1
  • Principal Horn – Wednesday, April 3
  • Principal Cello – Friday, April 5

Auditions are by appointment only. Candidates will be asked to prepare selected operatic and symphonic excerpts as well as specific solo selection(s). Excerpts and other musical requirements can be found here:

Positions will be available the beginning of the 2019-2020 season. (Approximately 55-60 services per season.) Scale per service for the 2019-20 season will be $247.45 for principal players and $222.20 for assistant principals.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and $35 deposit no later than March 4 to: The Minnesota Opera, 620 North 1st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401, Attn: Roxanne Stouffer Cruz. Deposits will be returned upon arrival at audition or if candidate is not granted an audition. Due to limited audition time, priority will be given to requests received March 4 or before. Musicians submitting resumes after that date may not be guaranteed an audition. All musicians must maintain membership in good standing with the Twin Cities Musicians Union for any engagements with The Minnesota Opera Orchestra. Minnesota Opera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Resident Artist Program

One of North America’s premier training programs, the Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program offers a full season of employment for talented artists beginning their professional careers. From late August through May, Resident Artists gain valuable experience in assignments ranging from ensemble, understudy, and comprimario, to principal roles in main stage productions. Resident Artists also perform at concerts, donor functions, and education and outreach events.

The singer application for the 2019-20 Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program is closed. We are currently not accepting applications from pianists, conductors, and directors for the 2019-20 season.

The singer application for the 2020-21 season will be posted in August 2019.

Questions? Email

Extra Opportunities

Light Walkers

Light Walkers are volunteers who assist the lighting designer by standing in for the singers onstage while the designer creates the lighting cues for the opera. Light Walkers are important to the design process because light can look very different on a human being than it looks on an empty stage. Light Walking sessions occur during the daytime in the week prior to opening night. Light Walkers are needed for every production.  No training is required for this opportunity, but Light Walkers must be able to stand for extended periods of time.

Additional benefits of Light Walking opportunities:

  • Visit the stage and see the sets prior to the production opening – a true “behind the scenes” experience!
  • See designers and crew at work and gain an understanding of the production
  • Meet staging staff and designers

Read more and apply…


Have you ever dreamed of performing in a Minnesota Opera production onstage at the Ordway? Apply to become a “super” – a non-singing actor – and your dream just might come true!  Your responsibilities may include interacting with the principal artists, chorus, or dancers, moving props or furniture around the stage, and even playing characters that help move the action along. Whatever your specific tasks, supers are an integral part of an opera production!  Our super needs vary from show to show, but at different times we need men, women, boys, and girls, of all ages, shapes, and sizes.

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Project Opera

Project Opera is Minnesota Opera’s youth training program for talented young singers. The group performs one opera a year that is for kids and by kids. Project Opera students also serve as the children’s chorus in Minnesota Opera main stage productions. For more information, visit the Project Opera page. To schedule an audition, email us at

Minnesota Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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