Careers & Auditions

Job Openings

Position: Web & Digital Associate

Department: Marketing/Communications

Reports to: Associate Communications Director

Classification:  Full-time, non-exempt

Summary: Position is responsible for supporting and implementing digital marketing initiatives to drive ticket sales, education sales, and fundraising. Responsibilities include digital advertising, email marketing, web design support and maintenance, and social media. Impact will be measured by analytic reporting, program ROI, brand awareness, and sales growth.

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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.




2018-19 General/Chorus Auditions

Audition dates: May 8, 10, 11, & 12, 2018
Location: The Minnesota Opera Center (620 North First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410)

Auditions are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance. Interested singers may sign up for audition appointments beginning March 19, 2018. All appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis.

To schedule an audition, please submit your preferred audition date and time to [email protected] or call 612-342-9572 weekdays between 10am and 4pm. We will try to accommodate your audition preference but be aware that auditions fill up quickly and you may need to be flexible which your requests. NO AUDITION APPOINTMENTS WILL BE TAKEN BEFORE MARCH 19th.

Audition Requirements: Prepare one operatic aria of the performer’s choice, in the original language. Bring current resume and photo. Singer must provide own accompanist. A list of accompanists can be made available upon request.

As this is the one opportunity for everyone to be heard, non-resident singers are welcome and encouraged to audition. However, be aware that most principal roles are usually cast a year in advance and supporting roles and chorus are generally cast locally or from our Resident Artist Program. This season requires very large male chorus numbers and also contains many supporting roles that will be cast from these auditions.


Project Opera 2018-2019 Auditions

Are you looking to take your singing to the next level? Audition for Minnesota Opera’s acclaimed youth opera and vocal training program Project Opera and experience what it’s like to be a professional singer. In addition to concerts and recitals, the program presents a fully-staged opera sung entirely by students. Rehearsals run September – April on Saturdays.

Who: Students in grades 4-12.
When: Thursday, May 31 from 6pm-8:30pm
Where: Minnesota Opera Center (620 North First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410)
What: Please bring one song to sing for your audition. (No jazz or pop music.) A pianist is provided.
How: Click here for more information or to register online for an audition time.

If you have any questions, please contact Project Opera Music Director Matthew Abernathy
[email protected]


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].



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 [email protected].


Minnesota Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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