As a local opera company in the Bay Area, Phénix Opera Company understands the need
to acknowledge the social and racial inequities experienced in our society and profession
driven by conscious or unconscious biases. We express with conviction our commitment to
eradicating institutional racism and engaging with our community and artists in a manner
that is equitable and fair regardless of their race, color of their skin, ethnicity and nationality.
Phénix Opera Company believes that:
Opera should be accessible to everyone regardless of their socio-economic status
and racial background; and it should demonstrate current values of inclusivity and
Opera is an art form that historically has been dominated by White artists and their
narrative including their vision and representation of people of color. Phénix Opera is
committed to offering a nuanced vision of minorities in the operatic repertoire as an
effort to refrain from propagating harmful stereotypes.
Due to its European origins and, in conjunction with systemic racism and prejudices,
opera has contributed to the disenfranchisement and “othering” of people of color.
Phénix Opera tackles this issue by creating a new path forward giving everyone,
including people of color, the opportunity to have a voice, an impact in the future of
In order to reach communities of color, Phénix Opera is committed to performing in
venues located within the neighborhoods of communities of color offering
programming that is socially relevant for current audiences making it financially
accessible to everyone.
We are responsible for creating a channel of communication with said communities
and being willing to listen and learn from them.
Art benefits enormously for having diverse voices in all levels of the company, from
administrative leadership positions to performing artists. Phénix Opera is committed
to being a transformative force in ensuring minority groups have a seat at the table in
all levels of the company.