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 Patrick Raftery.

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

Orchestra Auditions

Central City Opera announces orchestra auditions, with employment beginning with the 2019 festival. Please click here for details including available positions, audition dates and resume deadlines.

Seasonal Staff Opportunities

STITCHER/DRESSER POSITIONS

Central City Opera in Colorado is seeking two experienced Stitcher/Dressers for the 2019 summer season.  Positions run from June 4 through August 9, 2019.  Productions are: Madama Butterfly, Billy Budd, Blessed Damozel and Litanies to the Black Virgin.  Travel and shared company housing are provided.  Salary is $420/week for 10 weeks.  Two to five 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.

WARDROBE SUPERVISOR POSITION

 Central City Opera in Colorado is seeking an experienced Wardrobe Supervisor for the 2019 summer season.  Position runs from June 4 through August 9, 2019.  Productions are: Madama Butterfly, Billy Budd, Blessed Damozel and Litanies to the Black Virgin.  Travel and shared company housing are provided.  Salary is $560/week for 10 weeks.  Minimal five years of previous related professional supervisory wardrobe experience along with solid alteration skills are necessary.  Please send cover letter, resume, digital portfolio and references to Karen T. Federing, Director of Production, at kfedering@centralcityopera.org.

CENTRAL CITY OPERA HOUSE ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2019 SUMMER EMPLOYMENT/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 fulltime commitment from May 28 through August 10, 2019.  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, 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 $320 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 candidates must have some previous related experience that is at least of collegiate-level quality.  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.

Job duties for all interns are detailed below.

INTERN JOB DESCRIPTIONS:

GENERAL OPERATIONAL/USHER DUTIES (ALL INTERNS)

Costume/Wardrobe Assistant
Events Assistant
Gift Shop Assistant
House/Company Management Assistant
Marketing Assistant
Office/Music Library Assistant
Props Assistant
Stage Management Assistant
Wig/Makeup Assistant

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:  Deadline: No later than March 15, 2019.  Early applicants will be considered first.   Phone interviews will begin in late January 2019 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.

2019 CCO Application (PDF)

2019 CCO Application (Word document)