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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.


2019 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.

The production internships are intended for those wishing to pursue careers in these areas. The administrative internships offer college students an opportunity to gain arts non-profit experience.

All interns will be responsible for their own housing and transportation. Interviews will be conducted in February and March, 2019. Dates listed are subject to change.

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

+ Administrative Internship

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
May 6, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Stipend: $300/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 production 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 and Outlook) and organizational skills and 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 Internship

Valid driver’s license and excellent driving record required.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
Experience with Microsoft Office preferred.

Full-time May 6, 2019 – August 4, 2019
Stipend: $335/week
Possible part-time work beginning mid-March.

Assist the Artistic Department 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

Knowledge of Tessitura ticketing system is a plus

+ Development Internship

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
May 6, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Stipend: $300/week

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating, tracking, and distributing sponsor and donor benefits (tickets, parking passes, etc.)
  • Managing all RSVP 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 organization 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).

+ Hair & Makeup Internship

Must have experience in applying theatrical makeup and wigs and ventilating.
May 20, 2019 – August 4, 2019
Stipend: $335/week

Assist the Hair & Makeup 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 Internship

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
Experience with Vectorworks, Lightwright, and Microsoft Office is required.
A basic knowledge or better of music is recommended.

May 6, 2019 – August 4, 2019
Stipend: $335/week

Assist the Lighting Director 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 & 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 & 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 designs 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 the Resident Lighting Designer, Thomas C. Hase. More information and pictures of prior Cincinnati Opera seasons can be found at http://haseltd.com.

+ Marketing Internship

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
May 13, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Stipend: $300/week

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Marketing Manager, Data Analyst, and Managing Director to promote Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Festival season
  • 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

Candidates must be self-starters with excellent writing, organization, 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 Internship

Valid driver's license is necessary.
May 13, 2019 – August 4, 2019
Stipend: $335/week

Assist Scenic and Prop Coordinator with following tasks:

  • Creating and building props
  • Cleaning and maintaining the workspace
  • Research for props and scenic details - locally and on the web
  • 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 Internship

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
May 13, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Stipend: $300/week

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Director of Public Relations to promote Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Festival season
  • 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
  • Other duties as assigned

Candidates must be self-starters with excellent writing, organization, 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 Internship

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
May 6, 2019 – August 4, 2019 Stipend: $335/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 for Trainee program
  • 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 Internship

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
Practical experience in scenic painting is required.

May 13, 2019 – August 4, 2019
Stipend: $335/week

Assist Scenic and Prop Coordinator with 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 on the web
  • Note taking during onstage rehearsals and production meetings;
  • Archival paperwork as needed
  • General errands for scenic and props coordinators

+ Stage Management Internships

Ability to read music is required.
May 13, 2019 – July 28, 2019: Marriage of Figaro/Porgy and Bess
May 29, 2019 – July 27, 2019: Romeo and Juliet/Blind Injustice
June 4, 2019 – July 14, 2019: Ariadne auf Naxos
Stipend: $335/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

  • You must submit resume and cover letter at the time of application. Resume must include contact information for three references (letters not necessary) and contact information for applicant.

  • You must indicate dates of availability and a maximum of 3 internship interests on application.

  • Cover letters/resumes missing any of the above information will not be considered.

  • No resumes will be accepted after the deadline.

  • This post will be removed from the website after deadline.

  • Application status will be updated via email after the deadline.

  • Deadline to apply is Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 12:00AM (EST).


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.

+ Human Resources Manager

Cincinnati Opera seeks an experienced HR professional to serve as its Human Resources Manager. This role reports to the CFO and manages a series of human resource functions, such as overseeing employee benefits and preparing payroll. The Human Resources Manager is also responsible for some office management duties related to policies, building-management relations, and employee safety.

Successful candidates will have excellent communication skills, the ability to inspire others, a can-do attitude, a desire to connect with diverse segments of the community, and the energy and organizational skills required to manage many projects at once.

Job requirements: The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least three years of HR experience, preferably with non-profit organizations. Familiarity with Microsoft Office and payroll systems and excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Some evening and weekend work required, mainly during the summer performance season.

To apply, submit cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and salary requirements to hr@cincinnatiopera.org or Human Resources, Cincinnati Opera, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Accepting resumes through Friday October 26, or 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.


Chorus and Young Artist Auditions

+ Chorus Auditions

Makeup auditions for Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Festival Chorus will be held at the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio on December 1 and 2, 2018.

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 2019 Summer Festival will begin in mid-May (exact start dates TBD) and run through the end of July.

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

  1. Click here to complete the online application process. Applicants are required to upload a resume (PDF only, please) detailing performance experience. A headshot/photo is appreciated, but not required.
  2. Notification of assigned audition times will be sent via email.
  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 2019 Young Artist positions. See below for more information.

2019 Season
Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Festival, which will run from June 13 to July 28, begins with a charming production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium. The season continues with the timeless romance Romeo and Juliet by Charles Gounod at Music Hall and Richard Strauss’s comic Ariadne auf Naxos at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. It’s followed by the world premiere of Blind Injustice, a new opera commissioned by Cincinnati Opera with music by Scott Davenport Richards and a libretto by David Cote, based on the true stories of wrongfully convicted persons freed by the Ohio Innocence Project. The season closes with an American masterpiece, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, filled with unforgettable music and a moving story of love and perseverance on Charleston’s hardscrabble Catfish Row.

+ Young Artist Auditions

Auditions for Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Young Artist positions will be held at the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio on November 2, 3, and 4, 2018.

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 2019 Summer Festival productions. In addition to their chorus duties, Young Artists often 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 productions. 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 2019 Summer Festival will begin mid-May (exact start dates TBD) and run 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 2019 Summer Festival Chorus. Please email auditions@cincinnatiopera.org with any questions.

  1. Click here to complete the online application and submit the $10 application fee.
  2. Completed applications must be submitted electronically no later than Friday, October 26, 2018. 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 five (5) 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.

2019 Season
Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Festival, which will run from June 13 to July 28, begins with a charming production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium. The season continues with the timeless romance Romeo and Juliet by Charles Gounod at Music Hall and Richard Strauss’s comic Ariadne auf Naxos at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. It’s followed by the world premiere of Blind Injustice, a new opera commissioned by Cincinnati Opera with music by Scott Davenport Richards and a libretto by David Cote, based on the true stories of wrongfully convicted persons freed by the Ohio Innocence Project. The season closes with an American masterpiece, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, filled with unforgettable music and a moving story of love and perseverance on Charleston’s hardscrabble Catfish Row.


Volunteering

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

+ 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. Supers will share the stage with internationally renowned artists and work with celebrated directors and conductors. The operas will be performed at Music Hall with a capacity of approximately 2,300 people per performance. Supers are required to attend approximately 10-15 rehearsals. Daytime rehearsals may be scheduled. No experience is necessary and all super positions are filled on a voluntary basis.

Please check back for more information about our 2019 supernumerary auditions, and email Laura Sabo at lsabo@cincinnatiopera.org with questions.

+ 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. Click here to learn more about the Cincinnati Opera Guild.

+ 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.