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 Violin List (Word document)

2017 Violin Music (PDF)


2017 Principal Viola List (Word document)


Coming Soon

These are tenure-track openings.  The 2017 season is from June 28 through August 6.  Principal Second Violin and Principal Viola will be needed for Carmen and Cosi fan tutte.  Principal pay will amount to approximately $7900.00.  Section Horn will be needed only for Carmen; compensation will be approximately $4000.00.

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

Auditions will be held in the Denver metro area in the latter part of January 2017.  To be considered, and to receive further information such as audition dates and audition deposit deadlines, please send a one-page professional performance resume to Mr. Kim Peoria, Orchestra Manager at kpeoria@centralcityopera.org.

The audition music for Principal Viola and Section Horn should be readily available, but please contact Mr. Peoria if you cannot find a certain excerpt.  Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to attend these auditions.  Members of the Central City Opera Festival Orchestra are members of Denver Musicians Association.

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.


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.


All positions for the 2016 Festival season are now filled.   Please consider applying for the 2017 Festival season.  Internship application materials for the 2017 season will be posted December 2016. 

2017 CCO Application (PDF)

2017 CCO Application (Word document)