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Department: Production
Reports to: Technical and Facilities Director
Classification: Seasonal Full-time, non-exempt, IATSE
Salary Range: $28.01 per hour

Position Summary: The Production Carpenter, under the direction of the Technical and Facilities Director (TFD), acts as the IATSE liaison show carpenter for installation, running, strike, and packing of scenery and production materials at the Ordway and other external venues. The Production Carpenter participates in the fabrication of scenery and other elements related to the Minnesota Opera (MNOP) production department, the development of schedules and materials/asset inventories, room and event set up and breakdown, and A/V tech support for MNOP productions and activities. Key to the position is the ability to communicate and collaborate with all facets associated with MNOP’s operations including production, facilities, artistic, impact, advancement, and board relations, along with vendors and rental/event clients.



Position: Patron Services Representative
Department: Marketing & Communications
Reports to: Associate Patron Services Manager
Status: Part-time, non-exempt
Hours: Monday – Thursday, some nights and weekends, 15-25 hours/week
Hourly wage: $14.25

General Purpose: MN Opera aims to inspire hope, empower all voices, and strengthen bonds between people of all backgrounds and identities. The company is committed to becoming an antiracist and anti-oppressive organization and is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Patron Services Representative. The purpose of this entry-level, part-time position is to provide excellent customer service to all Minnesota Opera patrons via multiple channels (inbound and outbound calls, email, mail, in person) and support 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.



Minnesota Opera is engaging in a two-week residency with choreographer and dancer Akram Khan. This residency is an investigation into the creation of a new type of opera, one that explores the intersections between opera, dance, and devised theater. Akram will be joined by long time Akram Khan Company Rehearsal Director, Mavin Khoo, and composer Aditya Prakash. 

Minnesota Opera is seeking 5 dancers to collaborate with our 5 Resident Artist singers as we collaborate with Akram to discover the roots of a new work through and for voice and movement. Dancers should have a minimum of 4 years professional experience, with a combination of foundational classical technique and contemporary floor work, be open to improvisational ideation and physical response, and be willing to bring forth creative input throughout the residency.

Dates for the residency are October 25 – November 5, 2021, with all rehearsals taking place at the Minnesota Opera Center rehearsal spaces in the North Loop, Minneapolis. The residency will culminate in a discussion and sharing of the process on November 5, to be recorded, possibly streamed, and utilized for grant and funding purposes.




Minnesota Opera will hold auditions to expand and update the substitute/extra list for flute/piccolo on Tuesday, November 30.

Auditions are by appointment only. Candidates will be asked to prepare selected operatic and symphonic excerpts as well as specific solo selection(s.) Music for the excerpts and other information regarding the musical requirements can be found below:

COVID safety protocols will require that all candidates provide proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of appointment time. Masks are required except when playing the instrument.

The positions are paid as follows: Principal player: $254.80 Section player $208 per service. Doubling players will receive 20% above scale.

Qualified candidates should submit resume and $35 deposit no later than November 12 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 on or before November 12. 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. We especially encourage applications from minority group members, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community and others who may contribute to further diversification of culture and ideas at Minnesota Opera!

Extra Opportunities

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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