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Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

Minnesota Opera, an internationally-recognized opera company and a national leader in the commissioning of new works, is seeking an accomplished Senior Director of Marketing and Communications.

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Design Manager

Minnesota Opera is seeking an accomplished Design Manager with impeccable graphic design skills, exceptional project management experience, and a passion for the arts to play a key role in the success of the company.

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There are no internship openings at this time.



Sub/Extra Trumpet Audition

Minnesota Opera will hold auditions to expand and update the trumpet substitute/extra list on Friday, March 18.

Auditions are by appointment only. Candidates will be asked to prepare selected operatic and symphonic excerpts as well as specific solo selection(s.)

The positions are paid as follows:  Section player $182 per service. Section player with double – $218 per service.

Qualified candidates should submit resume and $35 deposit no later than February 19  to: The Minnesota Opera, 620 North 1st Street, Minneapolis, MN  55401, Attn:  Roxanne Stouffer Cruz.  Deposits will be returned upon arrival at the audition or if candidate is not granted an audition. Due to limited audition time, priority will be given to requests received February 15 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. Music for the excerpts and other information regarding the musical requirements can be found at the link posted below.

To view the trumpet audition musical excerpts, click here.


2016–2017 Chorus Auditions

The Minnesota Opera announces the 2016-17 general/chorus auditions. Singers of all voice types are encouraged to audition for chorus and supporting roles.

Auditions are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance. Interested singers may sign up for audition appointments beginning February 8, 2016. No audition appointments will be scheduled before February 8, 2016. In the event that numbers become great enough, the afternoon of Thursday, March 17 may also be used to hear more singers; please inquire directly if you cannot be heard on the three days listed below. All appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis.

To schedule an audition, please contact Nickolas Sanches:

Audition dates:           

Monday, March 14, Tuesday, March 15, and Wednesday, March 16, 2016

10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm               


The Minnesota Opera Center

620 North First Street

Minneapolis, MN 55410

Audition requirements:

Please prepare one or more operatic arias (or standard art songs) to be performed from memory, in the original language.

Bring a current résumé, completed audition form and headshot/photo.

For more detailed audition information, please click here.

Singer must provide own accompanist. A contact sheet of experienced local accompanists and more detailed information about the audition process will be made available during scheduling.

If you have specific questions regarding repertoire and musical requirements, please inquire directly to

Minnesota Opera Chorus is a fully professional organization. All choristers are compensated per rehearsal hour and per performance.

Non-resident singers are also welcome to audition for the company during this time frame. However, principal roles are generally cast at least a year in advance, and supporting roles and chorus are usually cast locally or from within the Resident Artist Program.

Minnesota Opera Head of Music, Robert Ainsley, returns as Chorus Master for the 2016-17 season.


Scenic, Costume, Lighting & Projection Designers

Minnesota Opera is holding an opera call for resumes from Midwest-based designers. Admired nationally as an innovative creator of compelling opera, programs, and new works, Minnesota Opera seeks to find talented designers to work with in future seasons.

Production Director Karen Quisenberry will be reviewing all submissions and will schedule individual meetings with selected designers in February. Submissions must be received by Friday, January 29, 2016 at 3:00pm to guarantee review.

To submit, please send a PDF of your resume/CV along with a link to your website or a PDF of your portfolio to

If you have any questions, please contact Julia Gallagher at


Extra Opportunities

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