Minnesota Opera’s Artistic Director Steps Down

By Francisco Salazar

The Minnesota Opera has announced that artistic director Dale Johnson will step down at the end of the season after 23 years in the job and 33 with the company.

In a press statement Johnson said, “We have great stability in the organization with our President and General Director Ryan Taylor now in his second season at the helm of the company.”

Before leaving the company Johnson will continue his role through the end of this season, the company’s 55th, and in the summer will become creative adviser to Taylor.

Johnson will also advise the company on developing new work and identifying new artists.

There will not be a replacement to Johnson and instead the company will create a new artistic administration position to execute operations.

The company is set to open “Dead Man Walking” in January followed by “Rigoletto,” Thaïs” and “Fellow Travelers.”