Mill City Summer Opera Announces New Artistic Advisor and Executive Director

(Minneapolis; August 5, 2019) – Mill City Summer Opera (MCSO) announced today two

key appointments: Cory Johnson has been named Executive Director of the

acclaimed company, and Eric Einhorn has been named Artistic Advisor.


In his role as Executive Director, Johnson will provide fundraising, strategic and fiscal

leadership, as well as board management and cultivation of community partnerships.

He has been with MCSO for two years as Development Director.

Prior to MCSO, Johnson had extensive arts fundraising and large-scale gala event

management experience, as well as global meeting and travel planning. A native of St.

Cloud, Minnesota, and graduate of St. Cloud State University, he currently lives in south


Einhorn is the co-founder of New York City-based On Site Opera, a company dedicated

to immersive, site-specific productions. He has been praised by The Austin Chronicle as

“a rising star in the opera world” and by Opera News for his “keen eye for detail and

character insight.” Einhorn has directed productions for Chicago Lyric Opera,

Glimmerglass Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Florentine

Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, the Pacific

Symphony, and Gotham Chamber Opera. He has been a member of the stage directing

staff at the Metropolitan Opera since 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in

Opera Directing & Voice Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. 

As Artistic Advisor, Einhorn will be at the helm as MCSO transitions from the Mill City

Museum Ruin Courtyard to Paikka in Saint Paul for its ninth season in 2020.

“We’re thrilled to have Cory and Eric as part of the MCSO team as we continue to

attract the best talent and new audiences to our world-class productions. They have

bold visions and a willingness to innovate and take risks, allowing us to explore new

opportunities, directions and approaches as we enter this new era,” said Karen Broosk,

founder of MCSO.