Employment and Volunteer Opportunities with
Central City Opera

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Central City Opera Festival Staffers/Interns in their 1880s replica uniforms to usher performances.
Central City Opera Festival Staffers/Interns in their uniforms to usher performances.

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 download the Volunteer Application or consider becoming a member of the Guild.

In December or January of each year we also hold our auditions for the Summer Performing Arts Intensive, available to students ages 14 to 19.

For a list of current staff, visit our Staff & Board webpage.

Administrative Staff Opportunities

There are no positions available at this time.

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.

Summer Employment Opportunities

There are no positions available at this time. Please note that the roles of the children in The Sound of Music have already been cast through our partners at the Colorado Children's Chorale.

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 also now performs one production in Denver 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 fulltime commitment from May 20 through August 17, 2014.  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 $290 and a one-time roundtrip 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/music 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, 2014.  Early applicants will be considered first.   Phone interviews will begin in late January 2014 and positions will be filled on a rolling basis as qualified applicants are identified. UPDATE: ALL POSITIONS FOR 2014 HAVE NOW BEEN FILLED; applications for 2015 will be available in December of 2014.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Director of Production at the address or e-mail address listed below:

Karen T. Federing
Director of Production, Central City Opera
c/o 525 Riverdale Avenue, Apt. 6G
Yonkers, NY  10705