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Opera for All Voices (OFAV) began as a consortium of North American opera companies committed to co-commissioning and co-producing new operatic works for audiences of all ages that bear the same artistic integrity and depth of storytelling as main stage works. Over several years it has grown in its mission to tell "stories of our time." Follow host Andrea Fellows Fineberg from The Santa Fe Opera and OFAV collaborators and stakeholders as we explore the process, the context, and the story of commissioning and producing new operas in America.

Apr 17, 2019

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, 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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