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.rg/overview Patrick Raftery.

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

Full Time Staff Opportunities

Position:                     Director of Education & Community Engagement
Status:                         Regular full-time, Exempt
Reports to:                 General & Artistic Director
Direct Reports:        Associate Director of Education & Community Engagement
Compensation:        DOE with benefits
Location:                    Denver, CO

Work Hours:            Generally 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; some weekend and evening hours required for program delivery


The Director of Education and Community Engagement leads the development and oversees the strategic implementation of education and community engagement programs as one of the cornerstones of Central City Opera’s mission. The Director of ECE is responsible for planning annual program delivery, curating and preparing programs for a variety of audiences, creating study guides and other related program materials, and developing and managing the ECE yearly budget. The Director of ECE is an integral member of the CCO management team and works collaboratively with the artistic, development, marketing and finance functions to set goals, objectives and strategies that support CCO’s business model and mission. This position reports to the General and Artistic Director and supervises one employee as well as contracted artistic and production personnel.


Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Leads the development and delivery of all education and community engagement programs, including but not limited to: in-school assembly and residency programs; professional development workshops for educators; adult education programs such as lectures, previews and symposia; community concerts and collaborations for adult and family audiences; engagement programs for various ages in conjunction with the annual summer opera festival; local and regional touring
  • Develops programs and content that supports and connects with audience development and fundraising initiatives
  • Establishes and expands relationships and programming with schools and community entities to foster diversity and inclusiveness
  • Creates and/or oversees the preparation of education programming curriculum materials
  • Analyzes and evaluates all education and engagement programs to ensure CCO goals and objectives are being met and that patron and stakeholder expectations are being met or exceeded
  • Works closely with the General and Artistic Director to ensure programs meet the company’s standards for quality and artistic excellence
  • Maintains a roster of professional artistic personnel and teaching artists including auditioning and contracting
  • Provides financial, statistical, anecdotal and programmatic information to the Development Department as needed for grant solicitations and final reports
  • Prepares and manages annual department budget including financial tracking, reporting and forecasting for the department
  • Manages maintenance of two company vans
  • Participates as a contributing member of the organization’s management team and works cooperatively with colleagues to meet the organization’s business goals and mission
  • Represents CCO in various local and national education related forums
  • Regularly attends and reports at meetings of the Board of Directors and participates on the Board’s External Affairs Committee
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in music, education, performing arts, arts administration or related field
  • Minimum of 4 years of arts education experience that includes program development and management, administration, and strategic planning
  • Knowledge of the history, repertoire and voicing of the opera genre
  • Knowledge of current trends in K-12 education and strategies for enhancing curriculum development
  • Evidence of successful curation of performing arts programs for a variety of audiences
  • Familiarity with the use of technology in program delivery
  • Strong writing skills, particularly in adapting complex information for general audiences
  • Strong verbal communication and public speaking skills
  • Experience in creating and delivering programs for the elderly a plus
  • Supervisory experience and experience managing and working with volunteers
  • Experience developing and managing budgets
  • Evidence of analytical and strategic thinking as well as creative problem solving
  • Demonstrated ability to define goals, set priorities, manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability to work cooperatively with a broad range of individuals and personalities
  • Demonstrated ability to keep a cool head and maintain a professional demeanor at all times, especially amidst competing demands and in stressful situations
  • Self-directed as well as capable of working successfully as a member of a team
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications


Approximately 75% of an in-office workday is spent working at a computer workstation and/or on the telephone. The work area is lit with a combination of incandescent and fluorescent lights; some natural light is available. Hours may fluctuate and will include extensive evening and weekend work at certain times of year. Evening and weekend hours are required. Considerable travel time is required in personal and company vehicles for education and engagement events.

Equipment Used:  Office equipment such as a computer, telephone, scanner, fax machine. Operates motor vehicles including passenger cars, passenger vans, and small trucks. Use of hand trucks, hand tools, and/or other office equipment may occasionally be required.

Physical Demands:  Creation of documentation using computer and mouse. Phone work is intermittent. Computer workstation and desk are not shared and can be adjusted to make them more ergonomically comfortable for the individual. Bending, lifting and carrying are necessary for loading traveling productions in and out of venues. Lifting tasks are limited to 20 pounds without assistance. Work environment in Central City is at an elevation of 8,500 feet with steep grades and uneven surfaces.

To Apply:  Please send one writing sample of an educational piece for general audiences, a resume, and cover letter detailing relevant experience and your arts education philosophy to rsommers@centralcityopera.org. Type Director of ECE in the subject line. NO PHONE CALLS or DROP-INS, PLEASE. Position closes on July 25, 2018.

Seasonal Staff 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 29 through August 11, 2018.  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 $310 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



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


2018 CCO Application (PDF)

2018 CCO Application (Word document)