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.

Summer Employment Opportunities

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


Section Violin (one position)

Application deadline is March 4, 2016.
Audition date is April 4, 2016.

Principal Percussion

Application deadline is March 4, 2016.
Audition date is April 11, 2016.

Section Cello (one position)

Application deadline is March 11, 2016.
Audition date is April 18, 2016.

Principal Clarinet

Application deadline is March 18, 2016.
Audition date is April 25, 2016.

Second Flute

Application deadline is March 25, 2016.
Audition date is May 2, 2016.

All positions are tenure-track.  For more information please send a ONE-PAGE professional resume, including your instrument, to Mr. Kim Peoria, Orchestra Manager at kpeoria@centralcityopera.org. Dates for the 2016 summer season are June 29 through August 7, 2016.

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.

Stitcher/Dresser Positions

Central City Opera in Colorado is seeking experienced Stitcher/Dressers for the 2016 summer season.  Positions run from June 7 through August 13, 2016.  This summer’s productions are: The Ballad of Baby Doe, Tosca, The Impresario and Later The Same Evening.  Travel and shared company housing are provided.  Salary is $390/week for 10 weeks.  Several 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.

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 full time commitment from May 31 through August 14, 2016.  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 $300 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.


Deadline: No later than March 15, 2016.  Early applicants will be considered first.   Phone interviews will begin in late January 2016 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.

2016 CCO Application (PDF)

2016 CCO Application (Word document)