Equity, diversity, and inclusion: it's a phrase that's at the forefront of many industries at the moment, and opera is no different. What do those words really mean and how do they relate to the forward momentum of our art form?
This conversation is at the heart of what Opera for All Voices is about and we're going deep into the struggles, the uphill battles, and the opportunities that lie ahead.
This episode is part 1 of a 2-part exploration featuring stories from a series of candid interviews we had with the following members of our opera community:
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 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