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0203: Bring Your Folding Chair: Equity, diversity, inclusion and opera - Part 2

By The Santa Fe Opera, Opera for All Voices

"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. To learn more about Opera for all voices, visit us at

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