Careers & Auditions
Position: Technical Director
Reports to: Production Director
Collaborates with: Assistant Production Director, Production Stage Manager, Directors, Designers, Production Department Heads and Staff, Stage Management, Ordway Production Department, Ordway I.A.T.S.E. Crew
Supervises: Scene Shop Supervisor, Scene Shop Staff, Lighting and Video Coordinator, Properties Master, Production Carpenter, Lead Carpenter, Show Carpenter, Charge Artists and Painters
Classification: Full-time, exempt
Summary: The Technical Director works closely with and is responsible for managing projects from conception through completion with the design and creative teams for each production. Key to the success of those projects, the Technical Director, in conjunction with the Production Director, will take an active role in facilitating communication with scenic, props, electrics, projections, sound, scene shop personnel, and Minnesota Opera leadership to ensure all departments are informed about designs, changes, and technical planning for each production. The Technical Director will have the primary responsibility to oversee the research and development, engineering, construction, installation, maintenance, and transfer of scenery (built, purchased, rented, or otherwise) for all productions produced and presented by Minnesota Opera including mainstage productions, Project Opera productions, site-specific productions, galas, special events, and community programs (referred to throughout this document as “productions”), under the direction of the company’s Production Director. The Technical Director performs a leadership role to help create and support a working and producing environment that is artistically satisfying, professional, and safe in alignment with the company’s diversity charter, mission and vision.
To apply: Please send cover letter, resume & a list of references to [email protected] by Monday, March 19, 2018
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.
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.
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.