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 download the Volunteer Application or consider becoming a member of the Guild.

For a list of current staff, visit our Staff & Board page.

Central City Opera Festival Staffers/Interns in their uniforms to usher performances.

Administrative Staff Opportunities

There are no positions available at this time.

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.

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.

House/Festival Services Manager

Central City Opera is seeking a House/Festival Services Manager for the 2016 season.  Position involves oversight of front-of-house matters for main stage and ancillary 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 23 through August 15, 2016.  Travel and housing provided.  Valid driver’s license required.  Please send resume, references and cover letter to 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 fulltime commitment from June 2 through August 16, 2015*.  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 $290 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.


*All internship positions are now filled for the 2015 season.  We encourage you to apply next winter for the 2016 internships.  Materials will be available starting in December 2015.  For more information please contact Director of Production, Karen T. Federing, at kfedering@centralcityopera.org.

Check out our page “Saluting the Festival Interns” including an Opera America interview with Director of Production Karen T. Federing.