"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 PodcastMusic.com, curated by Brandon Neal
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.
To learn more about Opera for all voices, visit us at SantaFeOpera.org