JOIN THE TEAM

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.


2018 Summer Internships

We are no longer accepting applications for internships for our 2018 season. For information regarding a submitted application, please email Kate Brockmeier at kbrockmeier@cincinnatiopera.org. Interviews will be conducted in February and March, 2018.

+ Administrative Intern

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
May 7, 2018 – August 3, 2018
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 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 Intern

Valid driver’s license and excellent driving record required.
Experience with Microsoft Office preferred.

Stipend: $335/week
Full-time May 7, 2018 – August 7, 2018
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 a plus

+ Costume and Wardrobe Intern

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
May 21, 2018 – August 5, 2018
Stipend: $335/week

Assist the Costume and Wardrobe departments with the following tasks:

  • Errands for the department
  • Chorus and supers costume fittings
  • Organization of supplies
  • Maintenance of work spaces
  • Costume creation and maintenance for all productions
  • Paperwork as assigned

+ Development Intern

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
May 7, 2018 – August 3, 2018
Stipend: $275/week

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordination, 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 & Make-up Intern

Experience required applying theatrical make-up and wigs and ventilating.
May 21, 2018 – August 4, 2018
Stipend: $335/week

Assist the Hair and 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 Intern

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 7, 2018 – August 10, 2018
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 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 the 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

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
May 14, 2018 – August 3, 2018
Stipend: $275/week

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Marketing Manager, Data Analyst, and Managing Director to promote Cincinnati Opera’s 2017 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 a self-starter 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 Intern

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
May 14, 2018 – August 5, 2018
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 Intern

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
May 14, 2018 – August 3, 2018
Stipend: $275/week

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Director of Public relations to promote Cincinnati Opera’s 2017 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 a self-starter 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 Intern

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
May 7, 2018 – August 7, 2018
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
  • 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 14, 2018 – August 5, 2018
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 Intern

Ability to read music is required.
May 14, 2018 – July 31, 2018
May 24, 2018 – July 1, 2018
June 7, 2018 – July 30, 2018
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

Chorus and Young Artist Auditions

Chorus and Young Artist auditions have been completed for the 2018 season. Please check back for more information about 2019 season auditions.


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.

An information and casting session is scheduled for Monday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m. in Music Hall's May Festival Rehearsal Room. Please enter through the Central Parkway entrance, at the northwest corner of Music Hall near 14th Street.

Cincinnati Opera seeks applicants for the following roles:

La Traviata
Performances: June 14, 16, 20 & 22
Several adult supers needed to play waiters

The Flying Dutchman
Performances: July 5 & 7
10 supers needed

  • Appearing as adult males onstage
  • Must be comfortable kneeling, walking to music counts, and wearing gas masks (may be warm and uncomfortable).

Another Brick in the Wall
Performances: July 20, 21, 26, 28 & 31
20 supers needed (6 women, 14 men)

  • Diversity in age and origin
  • Acting and dancing skills a plus
  • Will be present throughout the opera
  • 3 Rockstars: roughly 30 yrs old
  • The Producer: a crook, acts as if he was a bigger star than Pink
  • Male supers with strong and athletic builds (band gear, ambulance, policemen, militia)
  • The Nurses: must be sharp, focused, autonomous, and comfortable with manipulating props (especially the gurney)
  • The Fan: must have a face/charisma the audience won't forget; his presence alone upsets Pink and changes his life

Attending the casting call does not obligate a person to participate. Interested individuals can attend the casting call simply to learn more about supernumerary opportunities. For more information, please email Laura Sabo at lsabo@cincinnatiopera.org.

+ 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.