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.

Orchestra Openings



2018 Clarinet List plus Billy Budd, Act I


2018 Bassoon List Plus Selections

The 2018 season is from June 27 through August 5.  Principal Clarinet and Principal Bassoon will be needed for The Magic Flute and Il trovatore.  There is the possibility that Principal Bassoon will also be needed for a one act production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea.  Although we are in negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement, at 2017 rates principal pay would amount to approximately $7900.00.  We would expect that figure to be higher pending ratification of a new agreement.

Central City Opera does not provide housing or a travel allowance for orchestra members

Auditions will be held in the Denver metro area in the latter part of March or early part of April, 2018.  To be considered, and to receive further information such as audition dates and audition deposit deadlines, please send a one-page professional performance resume to Mr. Kim Peoria, Orchestra Manager at kpeoria@centralcityopera.org.  Resumes must be received by January 29, 2018

Most of the audition music for Principal Clarinet and Principal Bassoon should be readily available, but we have included some excerpts that may be hard to find.  Please contact Mr. Peoria if you cannot find a certain excerpt.

Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to attend these auditions.  Members of the Central City Opera Festival Orchestra are members of Denver Musicians Association.

Seasonal Staff Opportunities 


Central City Opera is seeking a House/Festival Services Manager for the 2018 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 22 through August 13, 2018.  Salary commensurate with experience. Travel and housing provided.  Valid driver’s license required.  Please send resume, references and cover letter to 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 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

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:  Deadline: No later than March 15, 2018.  Early applicants will be considered first.   Phone interviews will begin in late January 2018 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.

2018 CCO Application (PDF)

2018 CCO Application (Word document)