Key Change
Key Change
Apr 24, 2019
0203: Bring Your Folding Chair: Equity, diversity, inclusion and opera - Part 2
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"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” ~Shirley Chisholm

We take a moment to dream with members of the opera community across departments about what a more equitable, diverse and inclusive opera industry will look, feel, and sound like. Beyond that, we take a practical look at things that are working and things that perhaps still slow to change, and why.

This conversation is at the heart of Opera for All Voices.

This episode is part 2 of a 2-part exploration. If you haven't already go back one episode to 202: A Seat at the Table to meet the amazing members of our opera community who are part of this candid and intimate conversation:

Cayenne Harris, Vice President, Lyric Unlimited

Ben Taylor, Baritone

Terrence Chin-Loy, Tenor

Monique Gaffney, Wig & Makeup Artist

Melanie Bacaling, Stage Manager

Jason Lynch, Lighting Designer

Michael Ortiz, Assistant Technical Dir. at Santa Fe Opera

Madalyn Mentor, Artistic Coordinator at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Anh Le, Acting Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

June Kim, Development Associate at Santa Fe Opera

Thank you all for your openness, generosity, and everything you contribute to our industry.


Key Change is a production of The Santa Fe Opera in collaboration with Opera for All Voices.

Produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios

Hosts: Andrea Fellows Walters and Brandon Neal

Audio Engineer: Kabby at Kabby Sound Studios in Santa Fe

Theme music by Rene Orth with Corrie Stallings, mezzo-soprano, and Joe Becktell, cello

Cover art by David Tousley

Special thanks to Shannon Harris for recording our interview in Chicago

Special music licensing from, curated by Brandon Neal

OFAV Consortium Members:  Lyric Opera for Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, San Francisco Opera, Sarasota Opera and Seattle Opera

This podcast is made possible due to the generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

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