(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.