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MN Opera aims to empower all voices and create spaces of healing, refuge and hope that inspire a sense of authentic belonging in everyone in our Minnesota community and beyond. Check this page often for the latest news and updates on the EDI initiatives happening at MN Opera.

Native American Heritage Day

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We would like to celebrate Native American Heritage Day and acknowledge that MN Opera’s campus is located on Dakota land. We encourage you to learn about the indigenous people where you are and invite you to celebrate with this curated playlist of beautiful music by an eclectic mix of Native American artists and composers, including Louis W. Ballard, Joanne Shenandoah, Raven Chacon, and more!

Latinx Heritage Month

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In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month we want to highlight the incredible artistry of the Latinx singers and directors in our community as well as uplifting local Latinx organizations that need your support.

We’d like to cap off this month of celebration by uplifting the vital and exciting work that several Latinx arts and civic organizations are doing here in Minnesota. Thank you for your support of MN Opera and the Minnesota Latinx community!

Marching Onward

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This fall, we welcomed Lee Bynum to the Minnesota Opera family as the Vice President of our newly created Impact department. Recently, he wrote an important article entitled Marching Onward: Notions of Racial Uplift in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha.

Can Opera Still Have an Impact?

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“So many people think opera stopped speaking about what we are as a society about a hundred years ago. But I think opera has an incredible capacity to examine larger-than-life ideas at an incredibly human level.” — Lee Bynum on opera’s impact and potential.

Our Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

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Let us say this loudly, clearly, and from the bottom of our hearts: Black Lives Matter.

Impact Report

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Through your generous support, Minnesota Opera continues to provide opportunities to experience high-impact artistic experiences and education initiatives that strengthen our community, giving all Minnesotans increased access to opera and empowering all voices.

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