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.

+ Music Coordinator

Reports to: Artistic Director
Primary job responsibilities: Orchestra and Chorus liaison, Artistic Department support

Liaison
Assist the Artistic Director and Artistic Administrator with the following:

  • Liaise with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with regard to scheduling, observation of AFofM rules and regulations, budgeting, library, contracts, personnel, pit plots, etc.
  • Serve as primary contact for other partner organizations
  • Serve as primary contact for radio broadcast recording personnel
  • Manage the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, including seasonal payroll
  • Oversee workshop logistics for Opera Fusion: New Works (OF:NW)

Music Administration

  • Execute licensing and rental arrangements
  • Determine score editions, versions, translations, and cuts for mainstage works as well as OF:NW workshops
  • Copy, collate, and distribute music, divisi cut lists, and translations
  • Coordinate musical needs with guest conductors
  • Coordinate and curate singers and pianists for miscellaneous company events, including the Education Department’s Opera Express program

Clerical/General

  • General support for company events involving artists
  • Schedule and coordinate all keyboard and piano related tunings, rentals, and deliveries
  • Maintain company music library
  • Maintain Artistic Department files
  • Other duties pertaining to music administration

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Music or comparable experience preferred. Ability to read music and knowledge of classical music repertoire is essential. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Autocad preferred. Must be able to lift and carry 40 lbs.

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 until filled.


2019 Summer Internships

Collegiate Intern applications for the 2019 Summer Festival are now closed.  Please direct follow-up questions to Kate Brockmeier at kbrockmeier@cincinnatiopera.org.

If you are a high school student interested in participating in the 2019 Season Trainee Program, please contact Kate Brockmeier at kbrockmeier@cincinnatiopera.org.

+ 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).

+ Directing INternship

Valid driver’s license is necessary.
June 4, 2019 – July 14, 2019
Stipend: $335/week

Assist the stage director for Ariadne auf Naxos with the following tasks:

  • Assisting with Meet & Greets and concept talks as needed
  • Assisting stage management with artist hospitality matters in the rehearsal studio on a daily basis (making coffee, passing along questions and information to company management, maintaining a clean working environment, etc.)
  • Taking rehearsal notes
  • Walking roles if a performer is not present
  • Attending to the needs of the director
  • Light-walking as needed
  • Attending production meetings with the director
  • Assisting the supernumerary captain in distributing the director’s notes to supernumeraries
  • Assisting stage management in the organization of children in the cast
  • Assisting the artistic department as needed during performances
  • Other duties for the artistic and production departments as needed

+ 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

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.

Cincinnati Opera will hold an open casting call for supernumerary roles in the 2019 Summer Festival. An information and casting session is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Presidents’ Garret on the 4th floor of the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Cincinnati Opera seeks applicants for the following roles:

The Marriage of Figaro
Commitment period: May 21–June 15
Performances: June 13 & 15
4 supers needed

  • 4 liveried servants: Playing an integral role throughout the opera, these supers will lift and move items, with a bit of acting. They will move furniture and walls for set changes. All four should present as male.

Romeo and Juliet
Commitment period: June 5–June 29
Performances: June 27 & 29
4 supers needed

  • 1 older monk
  • 1 Lady Capulet
  • 1 Lady Montague
  • 1 Lord Montague/older monk

Ariadne auf Naxos
Commitment period: June 11–July 14
Performances: July 6, 11, 13 & 14
8 supers needed

  • 4 men to act as household staff
  • 2 men to portray party hosts
  • 2 women to portray party hostesses

Porgy and Bess
Commitment period: June 21–July 28
Performances: July 20, 25, 27 & 28
11 supers needed

  • 4 African American adults to play residents of Catfish Row (dance experience preferred)
  • 6 African American children ages 5-14 (3 boys & 3 girls), residents of Catfish Row
  • 1 Caucasian man to play a police officer

Supers will share the stage with internationally renowned artists and work with celebrated directors and conductors. The Marriage of Figaro, Romeo and Juliet, and Porgy and Bess will be presented in Springer Auditorium at Music Hall, with a capacity of about 2,300 people per performance. Ariadne auf Naxos will be presented in the Corbett Theater at The School for Creative and Performing Arts, with a 750-seat capacity. 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.

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 supers@cincinnatiopera.org.

2019 Supernumerary Open Casting Call and Information Session
When: Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Presidents’ Garret, Corbett Opera Center, Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

+ 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.


Chorus and Young Artist Auditions

Chorus and young artist auditions for the 2019 season are complete. Please check back for more information about 2020 auditions.