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President & General Director, Minnesota Opera

Ryan Taylor serves as President and General Director of Minnesota Opera, where he is also a graduate of its Resident Artist Program. Ryan previously worked with Arizona Opera as General Director, ADA Artist Management as Artist Manager, and Wolf Trap Opera as Manager of Community Development.

He also held posts as General Director of Berkshire Opera Company, Artistic Director of Singers Beyond Borders, and Co-founder of the Southeastern Festival of Song. Ryan enjoyed a 10-year career as a baritone, singing in the United States, Germany, Canada, and across Asia. He also worked as a stage director and producer before moving into arts administration. As a consultant, guest lecturer and educator, Ryan maintains relationships with a number of schools, training programs, and arts organizations.

He is currently on the Board of OPERA America, for whom he also co-chairs the New General Director Roundtable, and is the current President of the Arts Partnership in St. Paul, Minnesota. He remains particularly interested in the advancement of emerging artists, and in the health and development of arts organizations for whom he leads strategic planning to improve creative environments for artists, staff, boards, and communities.


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