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. We aim to empower all voices, strengthen bonds between people of all backgrounds and identities, and create spaces of healing, refuge and hope that inspire a sense of authentic belonging in everyone who enters. To this end, all of us at MN Opera are committing ourselves to the continuous work of becoming an antiracist and anti-oppressive organization and incorporating the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion into all that we do. We invite you to learn more about our EDI initiatives and come along with us on our journey to create a new and inclusive future for opera.

Diversity Charter

MN Opera believes that pursuing anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices enhances the beauty and power of the form itself, and amplifies the tremendous artistry cultivated in our musical storytelling.

crescendo is a new podcast that aims to provide young artists and anyone curious about a career in the arts with current perspectives on navigating performance art industries–from classical music to musical theater, from the stage to behind the curtain. Impact team members and hosts Jared and Rick break down current topics with care, critical lenses, and a lot of laughter.

The Score

Check out MN Opera’s new podcast The Score, a conversation about opera and classical music seen through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens. Each episode, hosts Lee Bynum (VP, Impact), Paige Reynolds (Civic Engagement Manager), and Rocky Jones (EDI Director) will amplify the voices of those in the field who are pushing the boundaries of what opera is, who it is for, and how it can transform us and our communities.

EDI Feedback Form

Your voice matters at Minnesota Opera. Please share any concerns or suggestions related to equity, diversity, and inclusion at Minnesota Opera.

EDI News

Minnesota Opera is excited to share EDI News that celebrates and highlights the ever-evolving culture and world around us.

Honoring Indigenous Land

We would like to acknowledge that Minnesota Opera is located on Dakota Land. Read our full statement at the link below.

EDI Glossary

MN Opera has identified a variety of terms to help categorize our thinking around our antiracist and anti-oppressive work as an organization.


For more information about how we’re 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 EDI Director Rocky Jones at [email protected].

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