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Assistant Stage Manager

Department: Production
Reports to: Production Stage Manager
Classification: Full Time Seasonal/Exempt

Position Summary: Assistant Stage Manager will assist and work directly with the Production Stage Manager and assigned show stage managers during rehearsals, tech, and performances of each production. Duties will include setup, tear down, note taking, tracking props and costumes, and maintaining safety. ASMs will also work closely with other theatre professionals on other aspects of the production when needed.   

Read the full position description here.


There are no internship openings at this time.



Minnesota Opera Orchestra

Core Section Violin I
Core 4th Horn & sub/extra Horn

Minnesota Opera will hold auditions to fill the core vacancy of 4th horn and expand and update the horn substitute/extra list on Monday, March 27. Auditions for the core section violin position will be held on Tuesday, March 28. Violin candidates will also be considered for the sub/extra list.

Auditions are by appointment only. Candidates will be asked to prepare selected operatic and symphonic excerpts.  Excerpts and musical requirements can be found at these links:

Violin I
4th Horn

The positions are paid $187.00 per service. The horn position is available beginning April, 2017. The violin position will be available in September 2017. Average number of services per season : 55 – 60.

Qualified candidates should submit resume and $35 refundable deposit no later than March 6 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 6 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 mainstage productions. Resident Artists also perform at concerts, donor functions, and education and outreach events. 

The application deadline for the 2017-18 season has passed. Stay tuned for details about the 2018-19 season!  

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Extra Opportunities

Light Walkers 

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

Volunteers are scheduled in the order responses are received. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with your scheduled Light Walking sessions and further instructions.

As a thank you, Light Walkers will be invited, along with one guest, to attend the final dress rehearsal of the opera.

If you are interested, please contact Julia Gallagher at with your name, number, email and what date(s) you’d like to join us! Thank you!



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


Minnesota Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer.