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LA Opera's open positions are periodically updated here. Applications are only accepted via mail, fax and e-mail. Due to the volume of submissions received, we are unable to accept phone calls regarding open positions.

payroll administrator

 Los Angeles Opera is seeking an experienced Payroll Administrator who will have sole responsibility for timely and accurate processing of the company’s weekly payroll for administrative and union employees, as well as per-performance payroll for contracted singers and designers. The Payroll Administrator will process hires and terminations and will be responsible for the maintenance of personnel records and administration of union benefit programs. The Payroll Administrator will prepare weekly journal entries, monthly account reconciliations and tax deposits, and 1099 and 1042 tax forms annually.

 Qualified candidates will have 5 years’ experience with ADP products, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience, a keen attention to detail, and will have worked in a dynamic environment in which significant headcount changes are common. 

Please send résumé and salary history to:


Cutter/draper- costume shop

Los Angeles Opera is seeking a women’s wear Cutter/Draper to cover a Maternity Leave. This is a temporary position from October through December 2014. Five years professional experience as a cutter and experience running a crew are required. Applicants must have an extensive knowledge of patterning and construction, the ability to work under pressure, and excellent communication, time management and teamwork skills. Creativity and independent artistic judgment are essential.

Please send resume and letter of interest to:


senior director of marketing and public relations


Los Angeles Opera is seeking a Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations with the knowledge, flexibility, talent and experience to assume a leading role in the organization’s management structure. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of developing and implementing recent successful public relations and marketing campaigns using new trends and technologies. He or she will be able to demonstrate the ability to change product perceptions, enhance the awareness and reputation of LA Opera, and influence, engage, develop and activate aspirational relationships on behalf of the Company. 


  • Develop public relations strategies that support overall Company strategies with the goal of gaining recognition and brand awareness in the market.
  • Meet sales revenue targets
  • Collaborate with other departments as a key element of alignment and implementation.
  • Develop and maintain an active awareness of and engagement with the art form both inside the Company and outside of it.
  • Maintain and grow LA Opera’s external influential network and forging, maintaining, and advance/deepen relationships with contacts including media, and local and national influencers.
  • Cultivate and maintain positive media coverage across all channels. 
  • Strategize and secure opportunities in both local and national media placements.
  • Develop and execute PR and marketing strategies that support seasonal sales initiatives. Create interest in opera in general, specific titles, and the Company and ultimately drive attendance at performances.
  • Create and activate initiatives to attract new audiences by building awareness for LA Opera and challenging barriers to attendance using a variety of channels, including media, events, social media, community collaborations, and others.
  • In conjunction with Education, production, artistic and other departments, create and activate awareness initiatives surrounding LA Opera’s community outreach, educational programming, Company expertise and impact/value in the community.
  • Follow market trends and explore new technologies in order to increase efficiency and improve results, including areas such as digital marketing, social media, and using data monitor and inform decision making.
  • Bring new ideas, contacts, talent and opportunities to the table on a continual basis while maintaining the engagement of our existing influential network.
  • Build and maintain strong external relationships with editorial and classical music/arts community.
  • Develop multi-channel PR strategy to support Company initiatives on both national and local/regional levels, including broadcast, placements, events, outreach, digital, social and artist engagement.
  • Set clear, aspirational goals for internal team, external press agencies and project freelancers, and manage personnel progress.
  • Protect company’s internal interests with all constituencies and interested parties.
  • Work with celebrity teams and celebrities as necessary. 
  • Pursue, monitor and appropriately implement trends and best practices in public relations and marketing to ensure LAO’s advantage in the market place.


  • Five years of recent experience in public relations management in entertainment or the arts. Classical music experience preferred, but not required.
  • Two years experience in marketing or advertising and an understanding of current market trends and the demands of event-based marketing and making sales targets
  • A curiosity and thorough understanding of changing market landscape and ongoing developments in technology, with the desire and ability to adapt accordingly
  • Bachelors degree in communications or business (or bachelors degree in another area with 10 years minimum communications management experience)
  • Demonstrated success in generating publicity using tactics such as events, social media, programs, placements, etc.
  • Proven high-profile pitching skills to national and local media and a strong network of contacts
  • Ability to develop various pitch angles from repertory, casts, creative teams, back-story, educational outreach, and other initiatives and secure high impact placements
  • Experience developing and activating influential digital press and social media programs
  • Skilled influential communicator, both written and verbal, with a variety of publics
  • Tenacious with a collaborative, positive, resourceful, and pro-active attitude
  • Out-of-the-box thinker who is constantly seeking new opportunities and creative approaches

Please send résumé and salary requirements to:


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Thank you for your interest in auditioning for LA Opera. You will find current audition opportunities at the bottom of each section below:

Solo Artists

LA Opera grants auditions for principal roles to professional opera singers on an invitation-only basis.

Domingo-COLBURN-STEIN Young Artist Program

The Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program is the professional artist development program of LA Opera. For more information, visit the Young Artist Program page.


To receive information about orchestra auditions, please email

The Audition Committee reserves the right to dismiss immediately any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards of this audition. LA Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Applications for the 2014/15 season auditions are no longer being accepted. If you are interested in auditioning for the 2015/16 season, please check here for more information to be posted in late December/early January. 

Professional singers with training and experience with operatic literature and performance are encouraged to apply. Each production of the season is cast individually. There are no full-time positions in the chorus.

Audition process 
Singers will be asked to prepare two selections from the standard operatic repertory. Both pieces should be in different languages. An accompanist will be provided for all auditions. Singers may also be tested on their musicianship (sight reading and tonal memory, i.e. the ability to sing back a melody played on the piano) and lyric diction in French, German and Italian. At the audition, singers will also be required to submit paperwork on their availability (based on a preliminary rehearsal and performance schedule) and their ability to fulfill special requirements (as listed for each production).


Dance auditions are held on an "as needed" basis for productions which include roles for dancers. Dance audition announcements will be posted here. Dancers wishing to receive audition information by email should submit a picture, resume and cover letter to Submissions will be kept on file and dancers will be contacted about applicable audition opportunities.


Auditions for supernumeraries ("extras") are held on an "as needed" basis for productions which include parts for non-speaking, non-singing performers. LA Opera seeks supernumeraries with varying levels of experience according to the needs of the production. While some people who work as supernumeraries are professional actors or specialty performers (e.g. jugglers, acrobats, stilt walkers, actors trained in stage combat), others are opera enthusiasts who have no previous acting or performing experience but enjoy being onstage.

Supernumerary audition announcements will be posted here, and may also be posted on casting websites such as "LA Casting" and "Actors Access."

A supernumerary application form can be downloaded by clicking here. If you would like to receive audition information by email, please complete this form and mail it, along with a picture (and resume, if you have one) to the address listed on the form. Submissions will be kept on file and performers will be contacted about applicable auditions.

Outreach program auditions

LA Opera's Education and Community Engagement department is holding general auditions - June 25 and 26, 10am-4pm - for our acclaimed outreach program. Performance opportunities include in-school opera residencies, touring community recitals and productions, and school assemblies. We are also seeking experienced teaching artists.

Artists should be prepared to sing at least one musical theatre selection (in English) and two contrasting arias. We are looking for personality so be sure to pick songs that best showcase you.

 To request an appointment: email a resume and headshot to with the subject: Department Auditions

Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule an audition appointment.

 Please note that artists must be current members of AGMA, or willing to join AGMA, in order to accept a role if offered. This is an audition notice. Applicants must be 18 years of age. If employment is offered, this offer is contingent upon artists providing documents to demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States.

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There are numerous, fun ways in which you can become involved with LA Opera as a volunteer. The Opera League of Los Angeles, the primary volunteer support organization for LA Opera, and its members work with LA Opera staff on a wide variety of programs including the Opera Prep program, Teacher Training sessions, Saturday Mornings at the Opera, Community Educators, and much more.

In addition to volunteer opportunities, the Opera League of Los Angeles offers its members informative educational programs including seminars and many social activities focused on opera with the aim on expanding the appreciation of opera throughout Greater Los Angeles and the surrounding counties.

We invite you to learn more about The Opera League and how to support your LA Opera as a volunteer. To contact The Opera League, please call (213) 972-7220 or e-mail


Opera League Numerous individuals desire more knowledge about opera - that unique blending of spectacular theatricality and gorgeous music. By joining the LA Opera Community Educators, you can share your love of and appreciation for opera with people interested in learning more. Members of the Opera League of Los Angeles' Community Educators are a team of trained experts who address civic and social organizations, philanthropic groups, schools and library audiences throughout Southern California, free of charge.

Dates and Requirements: To become a Community Educator, you must complete an intensive 8-week training program. For more information, please CLICK HERE link to to contact us via email or call (213) 972-3157.

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Intern opportunities

LA Opera has a long standing commitment to provide meaningful and engaging learning opportunities for students and we feel that our internships will be a continuation of our robust programs.

Qualified candidates will be able to devote a minimum of 8 hours per week for a 10 week period.  Recognizing that academics take priority, LA Opera is prepared to be flexible with regard to our interns’ schedules.  While we believe that students interested in arts administration will derive the greatest benefits from our internships, we will give due consideration to students of all majors.

Please send a resume and cover letter addressing your reasons for interest in our program along with a tentative work schedule to:


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