Festival Internships

2022 Summer Employment/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. CCO now performs in ancillary 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 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 Interns have gone on to successful careers in these fields.


Fourteen positions as Festival Interns are available for the summer season, with a fulltime commitment from May 24 through August 6, 2022. All Festival Interns 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 reception desk/switchboard operation. Internship areas include office/music library, event/party planning, house/company management, gift shop/retail, 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.


Concurrent or previous academic coursework or practical experience in those areas of interest and be a high school graduate. Applicants 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. Candidates for office/music library and stage management positions must be able to read music. All candidates should 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.

Please Note: All 2022 season employees must be fully-vaccinated and provide proof of status prior to arrival.

CCO is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and equitable work environment. Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values and we are currently working to expand our capacities in these areas with company-wide understanding that this is an ongoing process that must be embedded into the fabric of the organization. We encourage candidates who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, otherwise-abled, and other underrepresented identities to apply. All applications will receive consideration for employment.