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Colleen Meier
Founder &
Executive Director

Minnesota native Colleen Meier has relaunched Journey North Opera Company after a four-year hiatus to continue bringing intimate and modern opera productions to the Twin Cities community.

Founded as Twin Cities Fringe Opera in 2014, Journey North Opera Company has rebranded in 2019 with a new focus on innovation and modernization of opera, while maintaining the original mission of TCFO to highlight and promote the artistic development of opera talent within the Twin Cities metro.

Known for her dramatic soprano voice, Meier has a presence in the Twin Cities as a Strauss, Verdi, Puccini, and Wagner singer. Previous roles include the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos, Donna Elvira and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, First Lady in The Magic Flute, The Witch in Hänsel und Gretel and Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.

Meier holds a Bachelor of Music from Viterbo University in Wisconsin and a Master of Music from Ball State University in Indiana. She lives and works in St. Paul (but her heart is in Minneapolis!) and enjoys pretending she has any free time.

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Amy Wolf

Artistic Director

Amy Wolf is excited to step into the role of Artistic Director for JNOC. Amy brings a modern, relevant and inclusive approach to the company and hopes to draw a wider audience to this powerful art form.

Known for her colorful voice and stage presence, Amy has been heard as Cio-Cio San, Madama Butterfly - Foreign Woman, The Consul - Donna Elvira and Zerlina, Don Giovanni - Musetta, La Bohème - Valencienne, The Merry Widow - Mother, Hänsel and Gretel - Cinderella, Cendrillon - Belinda and Sorceress, Dido and Aeneas.

Amy Wolf is a native of Wisconsin. Go Pack Go!!!
She currently resides in Minneapolis with her husband Keith, two daughters, and two dogs.


Amanda Carlson
Stage Director

Amanda Carlson is thrilled to be rejoining the creative team of Journey North Opera, after previously having directed Don Giovanni in 2015, under the company’s former billing. Other recent directing credits include William Finn’s A New Brain with Eat Street Players, two years as a High School Theater coach, and 5 years as a Speaker Coach with TEDx Minneapolis. By day she works downtown at Target HQ, and by night, when not indulging her craving for live theater with the generous support of her unwearying and extremely handsome husband (hi, honey), she’s mother to a 2.5 year old who instinctively seeks out raised platforms to stand on, sing, and take flourishing bows, and already has the whole household under the spell of her leadership skills.

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Brian Dowdy

Principal Conductor

Dr. Brian Edward Dowdy is Principal Conductor of Journey North Opera Company and Artistic Director/Principal Conductor of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra and the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. His previous conducting positions include the Mississippi Valley Orchestra and University of Minnesota Campus Orchestra program. In addition to symphonic performances, Dowdy has recently conducted productions of Don Giovanni, Hänsel und Gretel, Susannah, Le tragédie de Carmen, and The Rape of Lucretia. He has led performances with the University of Minnesota Campus Singers, Chorus Polaris, the Great River Chorale, and the Sanctuary choir of Richmond, VA, with whom he recorded Music for Compline, an album of plainchant and renaissance motets. As an advocate for new music, Dowdy has led premier performances for the Switchboard and Hot Air Music Festivals in San Francisco, and in 2013 he conducted the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble in Project Beck, a night of 20 premiers inspired by Beck Hansen’s Song Reader.

Dowdy studied at Oberlin College, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the University of Minnesota. He holds degrees in conducting, classical guitar performance, English literature, and East Asian Studies. Dowdy’s interest in leadership development also led him to partner with Delphi Initiatives, where he facilitated leadership-training programs and team-building interventions for small non-profits, regional health care systems, and international relief organizations. His principal mentors have included Mark Russell Smith, Kathy Saltzman Romey, Daniel Myssyk, Erin Freeman, David Tanenbaum, and Stephen Aron. Dowdy currently resides in Minneapolis with his wife Susan and their son Luca. Outside of his musical activities, he enjoys practicing Aikido and refurbishing bicycles.