Central City Opera, located less than an hour from Denver in the foothills of the Rockies, is the second oldest summer opera festival in the United States. The 550-seat opera house, a historic landmark in Central City, affords an intimate, innovative opera experience.  The year-round administrative offices for the opera are located in Denver, Colorado.

In addition to its main stage productions, Central City Opera is noted for its famed Apprentice Artist/Studio Program, dedicated to the education and development of rising young opera singers.

If you are interested in volunteering for Central City Opera, please fill out our Volunteer Application or consider becoming a member of the Guild.

For a list of current staff, visit our Staff & Board page. Available jobs are listed below.

Central City Opera Festival Staffers/Interns in their uniforms to usher performances.

Artists Training Program

The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, which selects 30 participants from more than 1,000 applicants each year, has provided valuable training for many of America’s most notable young opera professionals, including Denyce Graves, Cynthia Lawrence, Margaret Lattimore, Mary Mills, Emily Pulley, Don Bernardini, Greg Turay, and J. Patrick Raftery.

Application materials for the Artists Training Program are due in October each year. Please see the above link for details.

Orchestra Openings



2017 Flute Music (PDF)

This is a tenure-track opening.  The 2017 season is from June 28 through August 6.  In 2017 Principal Flute will be needed for Carmen, Così fan tutte and The Burning Fiery Furnace, and will earn approximately $9900.00.

Central City Opera does not provide housing or a travel allowance for orchestra members

Auditions will be held in western suburbs of Denver on Monday, April 24, 2017.  To be considered, please send a one-page professional performance resume to Mr. Kim Peoria, Orchestra Manager at kpeoria@centralcityopera.org.

Resumes received after February 28, 2017 will not be considered.

Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to attend these auditions.  The successful candidate at this audition will be required to show proof of employment eligibility.  If a current member of the orchestra wins this audition, the runner-up may be offered the resulting vacant position.

Members of the Central City Opera Festival Orchestra are members of Denver Musicians Association.

Full Time Staff Openings

POSITION:                           Events Coordinator
STATUS:                               Regular full-time, Exempt
REPORTS TO:                     Director of Development
WORKS WITH:                   All departments but especially with Marketing, Education and Community Engagement, and Historic Properties
SALARY:                               $38,000-$45,000 with benefits
LOCATION:                         Primary office is in Denver with some work in Central City, CO


Under the direction of the Director of Development, the Events Coordinator is responsible for providing support for volunteer committees engaged in fundraising events, the planning and implementation of special events, donor stewardship events and audience development events in Denver and in Central City; and providing support for meetings of internal and external stakeholders. This position works closely with staff and volunteers to deliver high quality experiences for donors and patrons that promote, recognize and celebrate the impact of engagement and philanthropy for Central City Opera (CCO).


Fundraising Events

-Support the volunteer committees charged with producing two annual, large-scale fundraising events, The Yellow Rose Ball, the Theatre of Dreams Gala, and other occasional events as scheduled.

CCO Guild Events

-Support as needed the work and events of various committees of CCO’s primary volunteer support group including Opera Teaser, Afternoon at the Opera, Housewarming Days, Planting Day, Inventory Day, various opera education events, and the Guild’s primary fundraising event, the annual L’Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tour.

Opera Festival Events

-Plan, schedule and implement donor receptions and other stakeholder events onsite in Central City
-Assist with, and lead as needed, audience engagement events such as the Boomer Bus and Mix and Mingles
-Plan and implement two opening night dinners

CCO Board of Directors Meetings and Events

-Plan and implement board dinners and receptions in Denver and in Central City, often in conjunction with meetings or other events
-Set up and break down meetings of the nominating and development committees and other Board meetings as needed

All of the above include the following in varying degrees:

  • Attend regular committee meetings for fundraising events and the Guild, providing liaison between event committees and CCO staff
  • Assist volunteer committees with planning and implementation of committee-led fundraising events, providing appropriate oversight to ensure CCO practices and procedures are adhered to and that the CCO brand is represented well
  • Provide support for securing event sponsorships
  • Prepare and complete mailings, track RSVP’s, collect funds as needed
  • Negotiate and/or manage contracts, work orders, security requests, AV orders, floral decorations, catering, etc.
  • Manage budgets for Opera Festival events and department budgets for meetings
  • Maintain timely, friendly, and effective contact with vendors including florists, caterers, musicians, and others as appropriate
  • Assure the safety of visitors, staff, and facilities by following and enforcing all related policies and procedures in the planning and execution of events
  • Assist in managing general functions for events such as database management, providing work direction to volunteers and staff, overall event logistics, coordinating vendors and trouble-shooting when necessary
  • Maintain a good working relationship with other staff members by coordinating schedules with other programs and events, meeting regularly with those who need to be involved in the planning process, and providing timely notification of necessary changes
  • Maintain open communication with other staff involved in the project, seeking mutually agreeable solutions to problems
  • Provide direction and guidance for donor recognition and correspondence, gift fund stewardship, and other activities that engage donors and advance philanthropic commitment
  • Work cross-functionally with other areas, providing special events expertise as required
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Outstanding attention to detail and commitment to quality
  • Must be highly organized with outstanding interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to manage time well, particularly while managing competing priorities
  • Understanding and attitude of customer service; ability to be very flexible and adapt to change
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a group
  • Adept at problem-solving, critical thinking, and using judgment in situations that require sensitivity and tact
  • Ability to recommend and add unique touches that increase the impact of donor experiences
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically about event communications and messaging
  • Must be capable of managing difficult or emotional situations involving volunteers
  • Ability to work in a high volume, deadline-driven environment
  • Willingness to take initiative, keep a positive attitude, and maintain a professional demeanor


College undergraduate degree (4-year) with strong background in customer service.  Requires at least two years of experience dealing with all phases of planning and presenting small- and large-scale special events.


Microsoft Office Suite and Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge or comparable donor tracking system


Position requires frequent evening and weekend work, especially during the Opera Festival, for successful execution of some events.  Flexible scheduling permitted to minimize impact on personal life.


The position frequently requires long periods of sitting or standing. Must possess good hand and eye coordination.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds independently and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with assistance. Must be able to drive a motor vehicle to and from various locations in town as well as in and around Central City. Ability to occasionally work extended shifts and attend training and meetings outside of regularly scheduled hours.  During the Summer Festival, task completion requires considerable physical exertion at an altitude of 8,500 feet and the ability to navigate uneven terrain.


Requires a valid driver’s license, insurable driving record.  Must have own reliable transportation, such as a car.


Role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.  Should be able to tolerate and be productive in a highly active and occasionally noisy work environment.

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, resume and a written description of an event for which you had responsibility, including attendance, financial results, etc. May include photos, invitations or other such items that represent the event. Send application package electronically to sfinlay@centralcityopera.org with Special Events Coordinator in the subject line. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE. Position closes Friday, March 10, 2017.

Seasonal Staff Openings


Central City Opera is seeking a House/Festival Services Manager for the 2017 season.  Position involves oversight of front-of-house matters for all venues, daily supervision of 14 interns and daily management of company housing and facilities issues and concerns.  Position reports to Director of Production and General Director, plus regular interaction with Board members, artists, seasonal staff and administrative staff.  Previous professional house management and company management experience essential.  Dates of employment are May 23 through August 15, 2017.  Salary commensurate with experience. Travel and housing provided.  Valid driver’s license required.  Please send resume, references and cover letter to kfedering@centralcityopera.org.


 Central City Opera in Colorado is seeking experienced Stitcher/Dressers for the 2017 summer season.  Positions run from June 6 through August 13, 2017.  Productions are: Carmen, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Burning Fiery Furnace, Cabildo and Gallantry.  Travel and shared company housing are provided.  Salary is $400/week for 10 weeks.  Several years of previous related professional stitcher/dresser experience is necessary.  Please send cover letter, resume, digital portfolio and references to Karen T. Federing, Director of Production, at kfedering@centralcityopera.org.


Central City Opera is seeking an experienced Assistant Props Master for the 2017 summer season.  Position works alongside our Props Master and helps supervise two interns.  Position runs from June 6 – August 12, 2017. Productions are: Carmen, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Burning Fiery Furnace, Cabildo and Gallantry.  Roundtrip travel and shared company housing provided.  High level construction and artisan skills, professional attitude, and ability to mentor are required.  Valid driver’s license required.  Salary is competitive.  Please send cover letter, resume, digital portfolio and references to Karen T. Federing, Director of Production, at kfedering@centralcityopera.org.

Summer Internship Opportunities

Central City Opera, located 40 minutes northwest of Denver in the foothills of the Rockies, is the fifth oldest summer opera festival in the United States and the oldest performing arts organization in Colorado.  The 550-seat theater, a historic landmark in Central City, affords an intimate experience with operatic and musical theater.  CCOHA now performs in regional venues as well each summer.  In addition to the mainstage season, Central City Opera is noted for its famed Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program, dedicated to the development of the young American singer.

Positions as Festival Staffers/Interns offer excellent professional development towards careers in arts management and opera production, as well as practical experience in specialized areas of interest.  Many past Festival Staffers have gone on to successful careers in these fields.

DESCRIPTION:  Fourteen positions as Festival Staffers are available for the summer season, with a full time commitment from May 30 through August 14, 2017.  All Festival Staffers serve as ushers during most performances and perform daily general operational duties throughout the summer including office support, garden watering, facility maintenance/light cleaning and switchboard operation.  Internship areas include: office/music library, events/party planning, public relations/marketing, gift shop/retail assistance, house/company management, stage management, wardrobe, props and wigs/makeup.  In consideration for these positions, the Opera offers free shared housing with kitchen facilities, a weekly salary of $300 and a one-time round trip travel stipend.

ELIGIBILITY: Concurrent or previous academic coursework or practical experience in those areas of interest and be a high school graduate.  Should have an interest in opera/musical theater and must have a positive demeanor and solid work ethic.  The ability to deal maturely with the public is a must.  Writing and photographic samples may be requested if interested in public relations/marketing; social media experience also helpful. Candidates for office/music library and stage management positions must be able to read music.  All production-related candidates must have some previous related experience in those areas.  Employment is limited to citizens of the United States, students from abroad with valid student or work visas and aliens who have been granted permanent resident status by the U.S. Dept. of Justice, the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:  Deadline: No later than March 15, 2017.  Early applicants will be considered first.   Phone interviews will begin in late January 2017 and positions will be filled on a rolling basis as qualified applicants are identified.  The required application can be downloaded below.  Materials should be emailed to Karen T. Federing, Director of Production at kfedering@centralcityopera.org.

2017 CCO Application (PDF)

2017 CCO Application (Word document)