Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

MN Opera’s vision and mission is to sing every story and to change lives by bringing together artists, audiences, and community, advancing the art of opera for today and future generations. In this work, MN Opera aims to be an organization that inspires hope, empowers all voices, and strengthens bonds between people of all backgrounds and identities. We aim to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in order to:

  • Build connection to opera for diverse populations to advance the artform
  • Build upon the variety of opinions, viewpoints, and ideas to create a culture of creativity that builds a positive reputation
  • Nurture and train artists from a diverse range of identities and backgrounds as the next generation of opera professionals
  • Facilitate our ability to identify, engage, and retain top talent on our staff and board
  • Help ensure organizational relevance with the philanthropic community for a vibrant future

Minnesota Opera’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion charter outlines Minnesota Opera’s commitment to proactively diversifying our organization and audience over three areas:

  1. Racial and ethnic diversity
  2. Socio-economic diversity
  3. Age diversity

Principles in Practice Via Programs and Initiatives

Increasing racial and ethnic diversity by:

  • Intentionally looking to expand the racial diversity of MN Opera artists
  • Developing an expanded Resident Artist Program to include administrative and production positions for emerging leaders of color
  • Refining recruiting and hiring practices in order to increase racial diversity across all levels of staffing
  • Partnering with diverse organizations
  • Using community-based modeling as a tool to influence and inform programming for future seasons

Increasing socio-economic diversity by providing a range of ticket prices:

  • Tickets starting at $25
  • Flexpass program
  • Rush tickets
  • Free Season Preview concert

Increasing age diversity:

  • Year-long youth vocal training program (Project Opera)
  • Long-term after school music curriculum (Music Out Loud)
  • Student dress rehearsals
  • Summer camps
  • Day-long career intensive
  • Teaching Artist school residencies
  • Student discounts
  • Lesson plans for teachers
  • Ticket access program for ages 21-45 (Tempo)

For more information on increasing access for people with disabilities, visit Accessibility Services.

If you have any questions about MN Opera’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work, please feel free to contact Rocky Jones at rjones@mnopera.org.

MN Opera EDI Resources:
MN Opera Glossary of Terms (v7)

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