Kevin Ramach was named Minnesota Opera’s president and general director in July 2012. Ramach brings to his position an extensive background as an arts administrator and opera professional, with deep expertise in the realm of production and a long history with the company.
Ramach first joined Minnesota Opera’s staff in 1988, and for the next 11 years he served in a number of positions, including assistant technical director and operations director. He left Minnesota in 1999 to join Kentucky Opera as production manager, a position he held for seven years. In his final season there, he served in an interim executive leadership position, during which he produced a statewide tour of a children’s opera and led the company’s planning and budgeting processes while maintaining a balanced budget.
Ramach returned to Minnesota Opera in 2006 in the position of production director, where for six years he was responsible for all physical and technical aspects of the company’s productions. His leadership extended beyond the production department to include managing labor relations, producing Minnesota Opera’s HD video projects, and representing the Opera’s interests with the Arts Partnership and Ordway Center throughout the planning process for the concert hall and production wing expansion.
Nationally, Ramach is sought for his expertise on a wide range of production-related topics, and for the opera industry’s national service organization, OPERA America, Ramach has served as a conference panelist on issues ranging from the use of projections and reuse of production materials in scenic design to leading coproductions. He has also been a member of OPERA America’s Technical/Production and New Works Forums.
Prior to his first post at Minnesota Opera, Ramach worked as a freelance lighting designer in opera, theater, and industrials, served on the seasonal staff of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and held an assistant professorship at Northern Illinois University.
After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University, he attended graduate school at The University of Michigan and completed the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program at Bellarmine University. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Sara, and three children.