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.

Full-Time Staff Opportunities

POSITION:                   Director of Marketing
REPORTS TO:              General/Artistic Director
DIRECT REPORTS:       Associate Director of Marketing, Associate Director of Audience Development, Marketing Content Manager, Sales Operations Manager
STATUS:                      Full-Time, Exempt
LOCATION:                 Denver office with occasional travel to Central City; some evening and weekend work required
COMPENSATION:      DOE with benefits

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 nationally recognized 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.


The Director of Marketing is responsible for strategic leadership, planning, implementation and evaluation of marketing and communications in traditional and digital media, as well as branding efforts for CCO. The Director of Marketing will work closely with the other department directors to provide appropriate marketing and communications support for all program areas and to help ensure the overall success of the organization. This position is responsible for preparing and managing the annual marketing budget and for providing oversight and supervision of the Associate Director of Marketing, Marketing Content Manager, Associate Director of Audience Development, the Sales Operations Manager and box office operations, and various outside contractors.


 Department Management

  • Develops and manages annual marketing budget including ticket revenue goals
  • Establishes and implements a strategic direction for the marketing department that aligns with and supports the strategic direction of the organization
  • Oversees department resources including marketing databases, website, taping, recording, and photography needs
  • Supervises the Associate Director of Marketing, Associate Director of Audience Development, Marketing Content Manager and the Sales Operations Manager including performance management, coaching and development, and oversees the same for other employees within the department
  • Contracts and oversees service providers such as printers, outdoor media installation, web services, and various contractors
  • Regularly attends and reports at CCO Board of Directors meetings, department director meetings, and staff meetings
  • Represents CCO at various professional and community meetings such as SCFD, Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Opera America

 Marketing and Public Relations

  • Develops and implements a comprehensive, written plan for marketing/communications with measurable goals and benchmarks for short- and long-term goals
  • Strategically allocates all advertising dollars, negotiates advertising contracts, oversees ad design and delivery
  • Develops and coordinates sales tactics with Box Office Manager for subscription, acquisition and single ticket sales to ensure that sales goals are met and all available seats are strategically filled
  • Secures media sponsorships and coordinates with the Development Department to generate ideas for future sponsorship opportunities
  • Oversees all media communications including interviews and the development of press materials and press releases
  • Develops and oversees all printed marketing collateral materials including brochures, newsletters, direct mail pieces, and Festival program
  • Oversees all organizational communications through news media, advertising, direct mail, email, social media and website to ensure consistency of the CCO brand across all communication channels
  • Oversees website maintenance and internet marketing efforts
  • Provides marketing and public relations support for key events of the CCO Guild and CCO Board Special Events Committee
  • Works closely with other departments to explore and develop opportunities for cross promotion and collaborations for audience development
  • Works closely with key members of Central City and Denver area communities to promote and create awareness of CCO; serves as key spokesperson for the company as needed


  • Analytical, conceptual and strategic thinking
  • Proven success in developing and implementing comprehensive marketing/PR campaigns and branding and awareness strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to define goals, set priorities, manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Experience with website content management, especially with sites on a WordPress platform
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Strong fiscal management
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability to work cooperatively with a broad range of individuals
  • Discretion, maturity and composure, especially under pressure
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required, with a minimum of ten years relevant experience, preferably in the performing arts
  • Interest/knowledge in opera, music or the performing arts strongly preferred


Please send one PR/Marketing related writing sample along with a cover letter and resume detailing relevant experience to sblackwelder@centralcityopera.org. Type Director of Marketing in the subject line. NO PHONE CALLS or DROP-INS, PLEASE. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 8, 2019.

Seasonal Staff Opportunities


Central City Opera is seeking a House/Festival Services Manager for the 2019 season.  Position involves oversight of front-of-house matters for all 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 21 through August 11, 2019.  Weekly salary is $625/week. Travel and housing provided.  Valid driver’s license required.  Please send resume, references and cover letter to kfedering@centralcityopera.org.


  • In this capacity, you will be in charge of front-of-house for all performances in the Central City Opera House and other ancillary performance venues.
  • You will supervise the Festival staffers/interns in their usher duties before, during, and after performances in Central City and at other venues where they may function.
  • You will be on-call during company arrival weeks and for emergencies relating to housing and performances. On Mondays during company arrival weeks (the 1st 3 weeks on contract), you are on-call evenings only after 5pm.
  • You will maintain and update, as needed, the House Manager Manual and related documents each summer season, providing revised copies to the Director of Production prior to the end of each summer season.
  • You will be the direct supervisor, along with the Director of Production, of the Assistant House Manager/Intern, whose additional tasks include preparing the daily intern schedule, house managing ancillary performance venues and general assistance in support of the House Manager, including sometimes supervising other staffers.
  • You will supervise the Assistant House Manager to formulate the daily work schedule for the staffers in cooperation with the Director of Production, the Music Director, Departmental Heads with whom the staffers are interning and the Production Scheduler to ensure the smooth operation of the support activities of the Festival including, but not necessarily restricted to the following:
  1. Maintenance of common facilities, such as Festival Hall (the Festival’s main office in Central City), the Williams Stables (ancillary performance venue), and Foundry Rehearsal Building
  2. Preparation/opening and end of season clean-up/closing of company housing and local rental housing
  3. General assistance/hospitality to artists for housing needs
  4. Maintenance/watering of Opera Garden and summer plantings
  5. Maintenance of theater, from edge of the stage to the floor of the house and balcony (including exterior patron restrooms)
  6. Operation of the gift shop in the Teller House, including supervision of concessions during performances
  7. Liaison with the downtown Denver office, including van runs to and from Denver and the metropolitan area
  8. Operation and staffing of the switchboard/reception front desk at Festival Hall
  9. Internships in the areas of public relations, gift shop, office/music library, events/development, costumes, props, wigs/makeup, house management and stage management (although each department supervises their interns as well), in conjunction with the Director of Production
  10. You will be present, in front-of-house, for all performances in the Opera House and other ancillary performance venues, interacting with the public when appropriate, and projecting a professional and efficient image as a representative of Central City Opera.

Candidate must be comfortable working in a supervisory capacity, able to grasp a fast-paced theatrical Festival environment quickly, deal with stress well, be proactive/take initiative, able to troubleshoot, able to take direction both written and verbal, able to multitask, be organized in mind and action, be comfortable driving a minivan and possibly a small box truck, willing to get their hands dirty handling seasonal facilities matters and possess an easygoing and can-do mentoring spirit.  This is not primarily a desk job.  But it is a great job for anyone looking to mentor young professionals, work amidst a variety of Victorian-era historic landmarks facilities, and be an essential part of a nationally-known and respected arts organization.


 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 is seeking an experienced Assistant Props Master for the 2019 summer season.  Position works alongside our Props Master and helps supervise two interns.  Position runs from June 4 – August 9, 2019. Productions are: Madama Butterfly, Billy Budd, plus Blessed Damosel/Litanies to the Black Virgin (an oratorio double-bill) Roundtrip travel and shared company housing provided.  Must have a minimum of 5 years of mid-level professional experience as an Assistant Props Master or Props Master and have completed undergrad degree training.  High level construction and artisan skills, professional attitude, and ability to mentor are required.  Valid driver’s license required.  Salary $500/week.  Please send cover letter, resume, digital portfolio and references to Karen T. Federing, Director of Production, at kfedering@centralcityopera.org.


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.



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)