Employment & Auditions

Current Opportunities:

Individual Giving Manager

2015 Season Production Internships

2015 Season Administrative Internships

Additional Chorus Auditions for 2015 Summer Festival


Individual Giving Manager

Cincinnati Opera is seeking candidates for the position of Manager, Individual Gifts to join the development department team and work with all members of the Opera’s staff.

Cincinnati Opera’s development department includes four functional areas: annual giving, major and planned giving, institutional giving, and events. The ideal candidate will be a highly proactive, hands-on and effective fundraiser who is comfortable working directly with and soliciting donations from individuals and some family foundations for annual gifts. This position reports to the Director of Development.

Primary Responsibilities Include

  • Develop and execute comprehensive donor-centric solicitation plans for Opera’s individual giving program including: direct mail, online campaigns, major donors, family foundations, Opera Guild, and Center Stage Board Associates (CSBA).
  • Act as staff liaison for the volunteer members of the Major Donor Board committee.
  • Manage department’s web content and design of fundraising materials.
  • Work with the Manager of the New-Century Campaign and the Director of Development to conduct donor research on an annual basis.

Qualifications and Desired Attributes

  • Minimum of 5 years of successful fundraising experience, preferably in individual giving
  • Previous experience in donor engagement, budgeting and with volunteer committees
  • Superb communication, problem-solving and people skills and the ability to set priorities, coordinate multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of performing arts and/or the operatic art form is preferred
  • Knowledge of Tessitura software is preferred

FT, salaried, exempt position. Salary commensurate with experience. Employee benefits package includes health, life, dental, vision, 403(b) plan with employer match and parking.

Application Deadline
January 15, 2015, or open until filled. To apply, submit cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to hr@cincinnatiopera.org or Human Resources, Cincinnati Opera, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. No phone calls please.

About Cincinnati Opera
Fou­n­ded in 1920 and the second oldest opera company in the U.S., Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling roster of world-class artists and conductors, important company debuts, stunning sets and costumes, and the spectacular Cincin­nati Symphony Orchestra. Today the c­ompany is hailed as Cincinnati’s “prime summer arts festival,” attracting a passionate regional audience as well as opera tourists from throughout the U.S. and Canada.­ The company also produces Opera Outbound activities for the community throughout the year including touring performances and Opera Raps.


Additional Chorus Auditions for 2015 Summer Festival

Cincinnati Opera will host additional auditions for its 2015 Summer Festival Chorus on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 at the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Audition times must be scheduled in advance by contacting Lauren Bailey, Artistic Services Manager. Auditions will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Email requests for an audition should include the following:

  • Name
  • Voice type
  • Phone number
  • Availability on audition dates (December 6 & 7)
  • Resume detailing performance experience
  • Headshots appreciated but not required

Singers should prepare two (2) contrasting arias in the original languages. An accompanist will be provided.

NOTE: Please be aware that the chorus staging for Turandot involves extended periods of kneeling, which may pose difficulty for singers with mobility concerns.

About the Cincinnati Opera Chorus
The Cincinnati Opera Chorus is a paid, professional chorus under the jurisdiction of AGMA, the American Guild of Musical Artists. Rehearsals for the 2015 Summer Festival will begin in mid-May (exact start dates TBD) and run through July 31.

Residents from outside of the greater Cincinnati area are welcome and encouraged to audition. However, applicants should be aware that most chorus members tend to be cast locally.

2015 Season
The 2015 Summer Festival, which runs from June 18 to July 31, will open with Giuseppe Verdi’s dark tale of revenge, Il Trovatore. Next, Cincinnati Opera presents the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and William M. Hoffman’s Morning Star, with seven performances in the Corbett Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. The season continues with two productions at Music Hall: Gaetano Donizetti’s delightful Don Pasquale, and a stunning new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. Cincinnati Opera will kick off the season with Opera in the Park, a free concert in Washington Park, on June 7. All performances feature the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.