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This is Cincinnati Opera's resource for employment and volunteer opportunities. Please check below for current openings.

Cincinnati Opera is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.


Administrative Positions

Cincinnati Opera relies on a strong administrative staff to achieve year-round operational success. Please check back for openings within our administrative team.

+ Development Intern

Cincinnati Opera seeks a deveopment intern to support the development department in the planning and execution of Cincinnati Opera’s 100th Anniversary Season. To celebrate this significant milestone, Cincinnati Opera has planned a broad range of performances, events, and community programs. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a candidate to experience a landmark season at the nation’s second oldest opera company.

Time period: October 21, 2019 – August 7, 2020 (40 weeks, paid)

Stipend:

  • October 21 – May 15: $10/hour, approximately 15 hours/week (28 weeks)
  • May 18 – August 7: $350/week (12 weeks, 40+ hours a week)

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with management of Cincinnati Opera's 100th Anniversary Cabinet and the 4 committees that are part of it
  • Assisting with details/logistics of events and activities connected to 100th Anniversary events, including donor receptions, performances, community, and YP (young professional) events
  • Assisting with the 2019 Opera Gala: Love Letters to Patty on November 23rd
  • Coordinating, tracking, and distributing sponsor and donor benefits
  • Managing all RSVP lists for events
  • Providing general clerical, database, and communication support
  • Assisting with mailings
  • Running department errands
  • Coordinating projects with other departments as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Candidates must have an interest in gaining meaningful experience at a major arts institution in the pursuit of a career in arts administration.

Candidates should have strong computer skills (Microsoft Word and Excel are required). This position requires outstanding organization and communication skills including being comfortable dealing with the public. Working hours from Oct. 21-May 15 will be determined by Cincinnati Opera’s Chief Advancement Officer and will occur primarily during regular business hours, Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. From May 18 through August 7, the hours will be from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with required additional hours on days of opera performances and special events (including evenings and weekends.)

Valid driver’s license and a car are necessary.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to hr@cincinnatiopera.org or Human Resources, Cincinnati Opera, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Accepting resumes until filled.

Cincinnati Opera is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.

+ Individual Giving Manager

Cincinnati Opera seeks a dynamic and motivated Individual Giving Manager to join our highly effective fundraising team. Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, the full-time position of Individual Giving Manager leads the annual fund campaign for gifts up to $3,500 including all cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies. A successful candidate will be able to effectively and passionately communicate Cincinnati Opera's mission to a broad audience of stakeholders both in written and verbally, and will be equally skilled at cultivating donors and analyzing data. This position requires occasional evening and weekend hours, particularly during the Opera’s intensive summer festival season.

Specific responsibilities include execution of a comprehensive donor-centric solicitation plan for the Opera’s annual fund program such as direct mail and online campaigns, including implementing targeted donor acquisition strategies for mid-level donors up to $3,500 and stewardship activities. This position works with the Opera’s in-house designer to design all annual fund materials and provides donor information for the season program book. The Individual Giving Manager is staff liaison to the Donor Development and ArtsWave Special Gifts committees of the Board of Trustees, working with volunteer chairs to define strategic direction and fundraising goals as well as managing committee meetings. The Individual Giving Manager assists the team in the execution of development events as needed.

This position will dedicate significant time to data management and analysis utilizing the Tessitura database. This includes providing required mailing lists, extractions, reports, and raw data for department mailing; prospecting and campaign efforts; monitoring the quality of all data entry in cooperation with the Development Associate; and working with the Chief Advancement Officer to define moves management strategies.

The ideal candidate will be highly organized, detail oriented, and will thrive in a collaborative, high-performance environment. Accuracy, insight, and clear communication are critical to success in this role. A bachelor’s degree is required, as well as 2-3 years direct fundraising experience, preferably in the arts sector. Candidates should have experience with donor database systems. Experience with Tessitura is strongly preferred. This position requires strong written and verbal communication skills, proficient use of Microsoft Office, and knowledge of or willingness to learn about the operatic art form. A valid driver’s license is required.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to hr@cincinnatiopera.org or Human Resources, Cincinnati Opera, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Accepting resumes until filled.

Cincinnati Opera is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.

+ Production Administrator

Cincinnati Opera seeks a Production Administrator to join the company's Production Department. Reporting to the Director of Production, the position of Production Administrator will work in partnership with the Production team in all aspects of administrative and financial support of an artistic performance. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Specific responsibilities include management of all production related financial records and requests, and tasks associated with the budget and planning process. The Production Administrator will create and administer personnel contracts for seasonal production staff and designers. On a day-to-day basis, the Production Administrator will engage in operational support for production activities, including the production rental program, travel and lodging, handbooks, credentialing and other office logistics associated with a large group of seasonal employees.

The ideal candidate will be highly organized, detail oriented and will thrive in a collaborative, high-performance environment. Accuracy, insight, and clear communication are critical to success in this role. An undergraduate degree and 1- 2 years’ experience as well as familiarity with the opera art form is an asset.

About the Company
Cincinnati Opera, one of the nation’s most admired and storied performing arts organizations, presents an annual Summer Festival that attracts audiences from 40 different states. Performances feature internationally renowned singers and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The company performs in a newly renovated theatre during the Opera Summer Festival season. Throughout the year, Cincinnati Opera serves the community with an extensive series of programs for schools and community centers.

Application Instructions
Send cover letter and résumé with salary requirements to hr@cincinnatiopera.org or via mail to Cincinnati Opera, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. No phone calls please. Cincinnati Opera only retains résumés that are sent in response to specific, posted job openings.

Cincinnati Opera is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.


Chorus and Young Artist Auditions

+ Chorus Auditions

Auditions for Cincinnati Opera’s 2020 Summer Festival Chorus will be held at the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio on October 25, 26, and 27, 2019.

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 2020 Summer Festival will begin in mid-May (exact start dates TBD) and run through the beginning of August.

Audition Process
Audition requests are now received exclusively through an online application process. Applications must be submitted no later than October 21, 2019. Please email auditions@cincinnatiopera.org with any questions.

  1. Click here to complete the online application. You must have a yaptracker account and may sign up through this link. Applicants are required to upload a resume (PDF only, please) detailing performance experience. A headshot/photo is appreciated, but not required.

  2. Once granted an audition, singers will have the option to schedule their own time on YapTracker.

  3. Auditions will be held at the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall (1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202). 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 2020 Young Artist positions.

Cincinnati Opera is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.

+ Young Artist Auditions

Auditions for Cincinnati Opera’s 2020 Young Artist positions will be held at the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio on October 25, 26, and 27, 2019.

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 may be engaged to cover principal roles in rehearsals or perform comprimario roles in mainstage productions. Young Artists also may be engaged as Choristers in Cincinnati Opera’s 2020 Summer Festival productions. Young Artists often perform at various donor and patron events and programs during the season, with the opportunity to work alongside distinguished professionals in the field, as well as experienced staff members, to build and enhance repertoire through private coachings. Rehearsals and performances for the 2020 Summer Festival will begin mid-May (exact start dates TBD) and run through the beginning of August.

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 2020 Summer Festival Chorus. Please email auditions@cincinnatiopera.org with any questions.

  1. Click here to complete the online application.

  2. Completed applications must be submitted electronically no later than October 21, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  3. Auditions will be held at the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall (1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202). Singers should prepare two (2) contrasting 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.

Cincinnati Opera is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.


Summer Internships

Cincinnati Opera offers internship opportunities during each summer festival. These entry-level positions offer college students an excellent opportunity to learn about operations of an opera company and arts management. Please check back for more information on our 2020 Summer Festival internships.


Volunteering

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

+ Opera Guild Ambassadors

The Cincinnati Opera Guild is a membership-based group of enthusiastic ambassadors for Cincinnati Opera that seeks to promote a deeper understanding of opera throughout the Greater Cincinnati community. For 60 years, the Guild has played an active role in supporting Cincinnati Opera's mainstage, community outreach, and education programs by serving as volunteers and ambassadors at events throughout the community. Click here to learn more about the Cincinnati Opera Guild, fill out a volunteer profile, and become a Guild Ambassador.

+ 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. All 2019 season supernumerary positions have been filled. Please check back for information on 2020 season supernumerary auditions.

+ Music Hall Ushering

Ushers make it possible for patrons to have a truly enjoyable Music Hall experience by providing a smile, a friendly greeting, accurate directions, or an extra service. Usher candidates are reviewed by Cincinnati Arts Association. Click here to learn more about how to become a Music Hall usher.