Careers & Auditions
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.
There are no internship openings at this time.
Minnesota Opera will hold auditions to expand and update the viola substitute/extra list on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
Auditions are by appointment only. Candidates will be asked to prepare selected operatic excerpts as well as specific solo selection(s.) Excerpts and other musical requirements can be found here.
Rate of pay for a section player will be $196.00 for the 2018-19 season.
Qualified candidates should submit resume and $35 deposit no later than March 1 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 1 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 applications for our 2018-2019 Resident Artist Program are now closed. Please check back in August 2018 for the 2019-2020 season application.
Questions? Email [email protected].
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
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.
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 [email protected].
Minnesota Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer.