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.

Administrative Staff Opportunities


PAY RANGE: $40,000 TO $45,000

Central City Opera (CCO) is the nation’s fifth-oldest opera company with annual summer performances presented at the Central City Opera House, 40 miles west of Denver in one of Colorado’s official National Landmark Historic Districts. Founded in 1932, the company continues to present artistically excellent professional opera in an annual summer festival; to offer a career-entry training program for young singers; to produce year-round education and community engagement programs and performances; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties. For more information, visit www.centralcityopera.org.

The position will be responsible for working with the Director of Marketing and additional Marketing staff to implement effective marketing, public relations and communications strategies to communicate on a local, national and international level all core programming areas of Central City Opera. In addition to supporting overall marketing initiatives, this position will specifically be responsible for managing the Festival program, e-mail marketing, social media campaigns and CCO website updates and maintenance for the organization and will also manage the summer PR/Marketing Intern.


  • Project Manager for the Summer Festival program including management of design, editorial and printing, as well as some copywriting of program materials
  • Responsible for managing e-mail marketing for the organization and developing opportunities to target new audiences and more deeply engage with current patrons
  • Manages social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest) initiatives for the organization including writing and posting content along with managing social media ad campaigns and contests
  • Content writing/development for CCO website (WordPress platform) and management of year-round updates for all departments in the organization and website maintenance
  • Responsible for working with contract videographer to develop and edit video, and to produce small-scale videos for marketing and promotional purposes
  • Assists in the preparation of required written materials, including letters, brochures, newsletters and related CCO promotional materials
  • Works with Director of Marketing and graphic designer on generation of advertising and direct mail pieces and occasional work with ad reps on media buys for CCO and printers on direct mail
  • Work with Guild and additional volunteers to help implement public relations and communications efforts, specifically print materials and e-mail marketing
  • Work with Marketing Team to develop and implement cross-promotional opportunities, community collaborations, special promotions, audience development and media events
  • Work with Director of Marketing to write and disseminate press releases and PSAs to media contacts
  • Work with Director of Marketing to set up photo shoots and interviews with artists and media
  • Write and disseminate calendar listings to various media outlets
  • Help to maintain and expand press and e-mail databases in MailChimp
  • Assist Director of Marketing with marketing research including audience surveys and focus groups

General Additional Job Components:

  • Participates in annual planning with the Marketing Team and the CCO staff to ensure that common objectives are met
  • Works with additional Central City Opera departments to implement Marketing strategies and reach overall goals

Knowledge, Skill & Abilities:

  • Bachelor level university degree in marketing, communications, journalism or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years of successful experience in marketing and communications; specific non-profit/arts experience preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong presentation and listening skills
  • Experience managing e-mail marketing and social media campaigns and knowledge of MailChimp, Constant Contact or other e-marketing programs
  • Website content management experience, specifically with sites on a WordPress platform
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation programs
  • Outstanding interpersonal and oral communication skills and an ability to work cooperatively with a broad range of individuals
  • Ability to take initiative, manage time, set priorities, balance demands of multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and think strategically
  • Meticulous attention to detail, strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of and passion for opera, classical music and musical theater preferred
  • Candidates must be professional and convey an attitude of helpfulness and concern, regardless of the time constraints and demands on time

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Interested applicants should send one PR/Marketing related writing sample (e.g. press release, newsletter, brochure copy, etc.) along with Cover Letter and Resume detailing relevant experience to hr@centralcityopera.org. The deadline to apply for this Associate Director of Marketing position is October 16, 2015.

You may also send your application via mail to:
Central City Opera
Attn: Associate Director of Marketing Position
400 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 530
Denver, Colorado 80246

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

When available, this is where you will find notices for summer production staff and orchestra openings.

Technical Director

Central City Opera is seeking applicants for the position of Technical Director for the 2016 summer season.  New mainstage productions are: Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe and Puccini’s Tosca.  Position requires coordination of technical activities; management of union stagehands; coordination of all production activities with Director of Production and staging staff; monitoring/reporting of technical expenses; and oversight of existing sets and theater equipment.  Must be available beginning December 2015 to coordinate all bids for scenery builds and lighting packages.  Experience in opera is a plus, previous high-level professional TD experience is essential, experience in union stagehand management is mandatory.  Drafting skills necessary.  Dates of summer residency are June 7 through August 7, 2016.  Shared company housing and travel provided.  Valid driver’s license required.  Please send all resumes, references and cover letters to kfedering@centralcityopera.org.

House/Festival Services Manager

Central City Opera is seeking a House/Festival Services Manager for the 2016 season.  Position involves oversight of front-of-house matters for main stage and ancillary 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, 2016.  Travel and housing provided.  Valid driver’s license required.  Please send resume, references and cover letter to 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.


Fourteen positions as Festival Staffers are available for the summer season, with a fulltime commitment from June 2 through August 16, 2015*.  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.


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.


*All internship positions are now filled for the 2015 season.  We encourage you to apply next winter for the 2016 internships.  Materials will be available starting in December 2015.  For more information please contact Director of Production, Karen T. Federing, at kfedering@centralcityopera.org.

Check out our page “Saluting the Festival Interns” including an Opera America interview with Director of Production Karen T. Federing.