Minnesota Opera Announces New Vice President, Artistic

By David Salazar

Minnesota Opera has announced that Joseph Li will take on the role of vice president, artistic starting on Nov. 15, 2021. 

In his new position, Li will be charged with the artistic department and will be responsible for the vocal and instrumental divisions of the company. He will also work closely with vice presents of impact and production as well as general director Ryan Taylor to plan and execute future seasons. 

He previously worked with Minnesota Opera to lead the “Opera’s A Holiday Special – Live!” Concert in 2020 and also served as arranger and pianist for “Art is a Verb.”

“We are delighted to welcome back Joseph Li in this role as vice president, artistic,” said Minnesota Opera President and General Director Ryan Taylor in an official press statement. “Joseph brings a wealth of experience working in and around opera, deep knowledge of the artform’s history and current trajectory, and a personal practice rooted in creative innovation. He will lead a talented, adept team dedicated to using operatic artmaking to strengthen relationships with local, national and international artists, focusing on our organization’s anti-racist and anti-oppressive priorities outlined in Minnesota Opera’s diversity charter. Please join me in welcoming him to our community!”

In addition to his work for Minnesota Opera, Li has worked with such organizations as the New York Festival of Song while teaching at the Shepherd School of Music and as a coach and chorus master at the Aspen Opera Theater. 

He also works concurrently as the manager of special music projects at Wolf Trap Opera.