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 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 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.

DESCRIPTION:  Eleven positions as Festival Interns are available for the summer season, with a fulltime commitment from May 25 through August 7, 2021.  All Festival Interns serve as ushers during most performances and perform daily general operational duties throughout the summer including office support, facility maintenance/light cleaning and switchboard operation.  Internship areas include office/music library/event planning, 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.  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 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.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:  Deadline: No later than March 15, 2021.  Early applicants will be considered first.   Videoconferencing interviews will begin in late January 2021 and positions will be filled on a rolling basis as qualified applicants are identified.  The required application can be downloaded from the CCO website.  Materials should be emailed to Karen T. Federing, Director of Production at kfedering@centralcityopera.org.

2021 Festival Internships

All internship positions are now filled for the 2021 Festival Season


Download and complete the 2021 Internship Application