Episode 3

Published on:

2nd Apr 2021

Diversity Is Not Enough

On this week’s episode of The Score, hosts Paige, Lee, and Rocky chat about finding hope through music in these troubled times. They reflect on recent events here in Minneapolis and the blessed relief of MN Opera’s recent MNiatures program. Next, they discuss the responsibility of opera makers and opera lovers alike to join the movement to #StopAsianHate. Then they tackle the question of how to safely and authentically invite BIPOC artists into predominantly white spaces. Diversity is a great first step, but is it effective without either equity or inclusion? And finally, as always, get your weekend off to the best start with a moment of Pure Black Joy… this time with puppets! 'Cuz everybody loves puppets!!!

Hosts: Lee Bynum, Rocky Jones, Paige Reynolds

Producer: Rocky Jones


Recent Events in MPLS - 01:02

Reflecting on MNiatures - 23:10

#StopAsianHate - 42:03

Supporting BIPOC Artists - 54:08

PB&J - 1:29:25


Watch MN Opera's MNiatures - https://mnopera.org/mniatures-tiny-operas-big-ideas/

Yes 4 Minneapolis - https://yes4minneapolis.org/

Free Bystander Intervention Training - https://www.ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention/

Opera Philadelphia Channel - https://www.operaphila.org/whats-on/2020-2021/

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About the Podcast

The Score
News and commentary about opera, classical music, and pop culture seen through an antiracist and anti-oppressive lens
It's time to put opera on game! Hosts Lee Bynum, Paige Reynolds, and Rocky Jones are three Black and queer artists, pop culture aficionados, and arts administrators at Minnesota Opera, who are working every day to bring more diversity, equity, and inclusivity into opera and classical music. The Score is their provocative, thoughtful, and humorous commentary on the industry's past, present, and future, as seen through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens. Each episode features a variety of stories from a variety of perspectives that bring People of the Global Majority, queer, trans and nonbinary folks, and everyone else into the discussion of ownership over and access to the art form. From the opera house to the statehouse to your house, each episode will amplify the voices of those in the field who are pushing the boundaries of what opera is, who it is for, and how it can transform us and our communities. New episodes come out every other Wednesday!