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2017 Internship Opportunities

Please note: Applications are now closed for all 2017 internships.

These entry-level positions offer college students an excellent opportunity to learn about operations of an opera company and arts management.

All interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Benefits include comp tickets and paid parking.

These internships are intended for those wishing to pursue a career in production or arts management.

The following descriptions are meant to give an overview of positions and are not a complete list of all duties and responsibilities. Dates listed are subject to change.

+ Administrative Department Intern

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
May 8, 2017 – July 28, 2017
Stipend: $275/week

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting department with clerical needs including staff meeting notes and agendas, and seasonal staff name badges for Meet and Greets
  • Answering the office's main phone line
  • Assisting with General Director's invitations and gifts
  • Running errands for administrative/finance departments
  • Assisting with merchandise inventory and sales including performance evenings
  • Assisting with supply inventory
  • Assisting finance department and other departments with projects as needed
  • Taking mail to post office at day's end

Candidates must have an excellent phone manner, strong computer (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook) and organizational skills, and must be comfortable and respectful dealing with the public.

Working hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with additional hours on days of opera performances and special events (including many evenings and weekends).

+ Artistic Department Intern

Valid driver's license and excellent driving record required.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
Knowledge of Tessitura ticketing system is a plus.
Full-time May 8, 2017 – August 5, 2017
Possible part-time work beginning mid-March.
Stipened: $330/week

Assist the Artistic Services Manager with the following tasks:

  • General clerical and logistic support for artistic and production departments
  • Provide/coordinate artist transportation and housing
  • Assemble welcome packets for artists and seasonal staff
  • Communication of daily schedule to artists and production staff
  • Errands for artistic and production departments
  • Coordinate comp ticket needs for artistic department
  • Artist hospitality off-site and in-house

+ Design Intern

Valid driver's license is necessary.
Practical experience in scenic painting is required.
May 22, 2017-July 23, 2017
Intern stipend: $330/week

Assist the Scenic Designers with the following tasks:

  • Researching scenic, costume, and props details
  • Note-taking during technical and staging rehearsals and production meetings
  • Archival paperwork as needed
  • Providing paint samples
  • Shopping for show and rehearsal props
  • Painting and dressing props as needed
  • Communicating artistic requests to appropriate departments

Will also be asked to assist Scenic and Prop Coordinator with the following tasks:

  • Painting and carving scenery as needed
  • Creating and building props
  • Cleaning and maintaining the workspace
  • Scenic painting as needed
  • Archival paperwork as needed
  • Shopping for general supplies
  • General errands for designers, scenic, and props coordinators

+ Development Department Intern

Valid driver's license is necessary.
May 8, 2017-July 28, 2017
Intern stipend: $275/week

Responsibilities include working with the Development staff in all aspects of fund development:

  • Coordinating, tracking, and distributing sponsor and donor benefits (tickets, parking passes, etc.)
  • Managing all guest lists for events
  • Providing general clerical, database, and correspondence support
  • Assisting with mailings
  • Assisting with details/logistics of events and activities connected to the season including cast parties, dress rehearsal, YP (young professional) events, and donor receptions
  • Running department errands
  • Other duties as assigned

Candidates must have strong computer skills (Microsoft Word and Excel are required). This position requires outstanding organizational and communication skills, including being comfortable dealing with the public.

Working hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with additional hours on days of opera performances and special events (including many evenings and weekends).

+ Finance Intern

Valid driver's license is necessary.
May 8, 2017-July 28, 2017
Intern stipend: $275/week

Responsibilities include working with the Finance staff as follows:

  • Processing purchase orders
  • Processing both accounts payable and receivable
  • Preparation of bank deposits
  • Maintenance of W-9 forms and other data for new and existing vendors
  • Filing and maintenance of paid and pending invoices
  • Working with all staff members to ensure transactions are recorded in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Financial analysis
  • Merchandise sales on performance evenings and at other events
  • Other duties as assigned

Work has more of an accounting nature than a finance nature.

Candidates should have a background in finance or accounting with strong computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel, with knowledge of Excel pivot tables a plus.

Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with additional hours on days of opera performances and special events (including many evenings and weekends).

+ Hair and Make-up Intern

Experience applying theatrical make-up and wigs and ventilating is required.
May 22, 2017-July 28, 2017
Intern stipend: $330/week

Assist the Hair and Make-up Designer with the following tasks:

  • Coordination of the design and application of wigs and make-up for all productions
  • Application of chorus and supers wigs and make-up
  • Organization of supplies
  • Maintenance of work spaces
  • Wig creation and maintenance
  • Paperwork as assigned

+ Lighting Interns

Valid driver's license is necessary.
Strong experience with Vectorworks, Lightwright, and Microsoft Office is required.
A basic knowledge or better of music is recommended.
May 15, 2017-July 28, 2017
Intern stipend: $330/week

Assist the Resident Lighting Designer and Associate Lighting Designer with the following tasks:

  • Production notes and assignments as well as assisting in calling focus
  • Creation of follow-spot sheets and follow-spot instruction during rehearsal
  • Tracking and coordination of cue placements with stage management and other departments
  • Tracking of lighting and electric expenditures
  • Coordination of lighting meetings and schedules
  • Management of inventory and tracking of rented items to ensure accurate returns
  • Creation and maintenance of lighting plots and running paperwork
  • Management of lighting materials archives
  • Communication of lighting requests to crew and staff
  • Other industry standard responsibilities expected of a lighting department internship

Additional Information for Lighting Interns:
The lighting internship is very diverse with ever-changing activities. Interns will fulfill duties ranging from calling a focus, to purchasing equipment, to creating and updating lighting paperwork, all within short time periods. This is a full-time internship for the period listed above. Interns experience strong exposure to the creation of the artistic product. Cincinnati Opera is a union house and there is no hands-on 'electrics' experience. This is a lighting design internship. In the past, interns have been asked to work together to create and execute a design for special events within the season. The repertory lighting plot consists of 500–700 fixtures, with strong use of HMIs and arc-source moving lights. Interns will be guided under the supervision of Resident Lighting Designer Thomas C. Hase. Information as well as pictures of prior Cincinnati Opera seasons can be found at http://haseltd.com.

+ Marketing Intern

Experience in content management and social media platforms are strongly preferred.
Familiarity with opera and classical music preferred but not required.
May 8, 2017-July 28, 2017
Intern stipend: $275/week

Work with the Marketing Manager, Data Analyst, and Managing Director to promote Cincinnati Opera's 2017 Summer Festival season, including:

  • Assisting with promotional tactics and projects
  • Proofing and editing of promotional material
  • Copywriting for emails and social media
  • Survey creation and reporting
  • Research support on repertoire, audience, and artists
  • Assisting with website content creation and updates
  • Representing the Opera at performances, special events, and promotional opportunities
  • Processing of ticket-donation requests
  • Distributing marketing materials around the community
  • Providing general assistance to the marketing and PR departments
  • Merchandise sales at performances
  • Running department errands
  • Other duties as assigned

Candidate must be a self-starter with excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills, including being comfortable working with the public. Experience with MS Office, content management, and social media platforms is strongly preferred. Familiarity with opera, classical music, performing arts, or nonprofit operations is preferred but not required.

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with additional hours on days of opera performances and special events (including many evenings and weekends).

+ Props Intern

Valid driver's license is necessary.
May 22, 2017-July 23, 2017
Intern stipend: $330/week

Assist the Scenic and Prop Coordinator with the following tasks:

  • Creating and building props
  • Cleaning and maintaining the workspace
  • Research for props and scenic details, locally and online
  • Shopping for show and rehearsal props
  • Scenic painting as needed
  • Note-taking during onstage rehearsals and production meetings
  • Archival paperwork as needed
  • General errands for scenic and props coordinators

+ Public Relations Intern

Experience in content management and social media platforms are strongly preferred.
Valid driver's license is necessary.
May 8, 2017 to July 28, 2017
Intern stipend: $275/week

Working with the Director of Public relations to promote Cincinnati Opera’s 2017 Summer Festival season, including:

  • Assisting with promotional tactics and projects
  • Writing press releases, conducting interviews, coordinating stories with local media, and assisting with digital communications
  • Escorting artists and journalists to various interviews and events
  • Representing the Opera at performances, special events, and promotional opportunities
  • Greeting and working with media onsite before, during, and after performances
  • Updating and maintaining media databases and files
  • Distributing marketing materials around the community
  • Providing general assistance to the marketing and PR departments
  • Running department errands

Candidate must be a self-starter with excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills, including being comfortable working with the public. Experience with MS Office, content management, and social media platforms is strongly preferred. Familiarity with opera, classical music, performing arts, or nonprofit operations is preferred but not required.

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with additional hours on days of opera performances and special events (including many evenings and weekends).

+ Rehearsal Department Intern

Valid driver's license is necessary.
May 8, 2017-July 28, 2017
Intern stipend: $330/week

Assist Production Operations Manager with:

  • Keeping schedules updated and accurate in all forms and media
  • Compiling and disseminating daily rehearsal schedules
  • Managing rehearsal department office
  • Composing and collecting paperwork for distribution (schedules, contact sheets, handbooks, etc.)
  • Coordinating with wardrobe department to schedule artist costume fittings
  • Acquiring and organizing personnel information for seasonal staff
  • Assisting with orientation of seasonal staff
  • Coordinating volunteers for light walking
  • Participating in production meetings
  • Assisting with tracking of payroll, petty cash, and check requests
  • Assembling and organizing season archive production information
  • Ordering and maintaining office supplies for production staff
  • General errands for production departments and company management

+ Scenic Artist Intern

Valid driver's license is necessary.
Practical experience in scenic painting is required.
May 22, 2017-July 23, 2017
Intern stipend: $330/week

Assist the Scenic and Prop Coordinator with the following tasks:

  • Painting and carving scenery as needed
  • Providing paint samples
  • Shopping for general supplies
  • Cleaning and maintaining the workspace
  • Painting and dressing props as needed
  • Communicating artistic requests to props crew
  • Research for scenic and props details, locally and online
  • Note-taking during onstage rehearsals and production meetings
  • Archival paperwork as needed
  • General errands for scenic and props coordinators

+ Stage Management Intern

Ability to read music is required.
May 19, 2017–July 21, 2017
May 24, 2017–July 8, 2017
June 10, 2017–July 23, 2017
Stipend: $330/week

Assist AGMA Stage Management teams with:

  • Pre-production paperwork, rehearsal planning, and room set-up
  • Running studio rehearsals, onstage technical rehearsals, and performances
  • Updating running lists and cue sheets for rehearsal and performances
  • Tracking sign-in sheets for chorus and supers
  • Distributing necessary paperwork to production staff and department heads
  • Providing general clerical work for stage management department
  • Organizing and maintaining stage and rehearsal supplies
  • Errands for the Stage Management department
  • Assisting the Rehearsal Department as needed

TO APPLY

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

  • You must submit a resume and cover letter with application.
  • Resume must include contact information for three references (letters not necessary), dates of availability, three (3) maximum internship interests, and contact information.
  • Applications missing any of the above will not be considered.
  • No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
  • Application status will be updated via email after the deadline.
  • Deadline to apply is Sunday, January 31, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. EST.

2017 Chorus and Young Artist Auditions

+ Chorus Auditions

Applications for the 2017 season are now closed.

Auditions for Cincinnati Opera's 2017 Summer Festival Chorus were held in December 2016.

The Cincinnati Opera Chorus is a paid, professional chorus under the jurisdiction of AGMA, the American Guild of Musical Artists. 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. Rehearsals and performances for the 2017 Summer Festival run mid-May through the end of July.

Audition Process

Audition requests are now received exclusively through an online application process. Please email auditions@cincinnatiopera.org with any questions.

View the online application here. Applicants are required to upload a resume (PDF only, please) detailing performance experience. A headshot/photo is appreciated, but not required.

Audition times are assigned in the order they are received. Notification of assigned audition times will be sent to applicants via email.

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

Please note that there is a separate application and audition process for those interested in 2017 Young Artist positions.

+ Young Artist Auditions

Applications for the 2017 season are now closed.

Auditions for Cincinnati Opera’s 2017 Young Artist positions were held in December 2016.

Young Artist positions are specifically for young, up-and-coming singers who wish to gain professional experience and exposure in the opera industry. Young Artists will be engaged as Choristers in Cincinnati Opera's Summer Festival productions. In addition to their chorus duties, Young Artists will perform at various donor and patron events and programs during the season, and may also be engaged to cover principal roles in rehearsals or perform comprimario roles in mainstage performances. Young Artists have the opportunity to work with distinguished professionals in the field, as well as experienced staff members, to build and enhance repertoire through private coachings. Rehearsals and performances for the 2017 Summer Festival take place mid-May through the end of July.

Audition Process

Auditions are by invitation through an application process. Not all applicants will receive an audition. Applicants who receive an audition are also eligible for positions in the Summer Festival Chorus. Please email auditions@cincinnatiopera.org with any questions.

Complete the online application and submit the $25 application fee. Completed applications must be submitted electronically by the indicated date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Singers should prepare four (4) arias in the original languages. An accompanist will be provided.

Please Note: Positions in the Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival Chorus, principal cover, and comprimario roles in season productions are under the jurisdiction of AGMA, the American Guild of Musical Artists.


Volunteering

Cincinnati Opera relies on many generous volunteers to make our season sing! Please see below for current volunteer opportunities.

+ Opera Guild

The Cincinnati Opera Guild is a group of passionate individuals dedicated to raising positive awareness of Cincinnati Opera and the operatic art form. Interested in learning more? Contact Kemper Florin at kflorin@cincinnatiopera.org.

Click here to view a current list of Cincinnati Opera Guild Board members.

+ Supernumeraries

Supernumeraries, or "supers," are like "extras" in movie and film, and are an important part of our stage productions. We cast supernumeraries each year, and each production offers unique opportunities to participate. Please check back here for more information on our 2017 Super Casting Call.

+ Ushers

Interested in ushering for Cincinnati Opera's 2017 season? Learn more here.