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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.


LA Opera seeks an Institutional Giving Assistant in its Development Department to provide support for all aspects of the organization’s Foundation, Corporate and Government fundraising efforts.  The Assistant will help to compile grants and reports including narratives, editing, and support materials; maintain grants and corporate sponsorship tracking and calendar; draft correspondence, spreadsheets and other documents; assist with fundraising events, and provide support as needed to the Development department and the company’s daily operations.
The Institutional Giving Assistant is expected to interact with the public, donors, and foundation/corporate representatives. The successful candidate should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be highly organized and self-motivated, and have a professional demeanor.   A Bachelors degree is required as well as strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and database software (Tessitura highly desired). Ability to edit videos a plus. The position requires some late evenings and weekends.
Please send résumé, cover letter, and salary history to: jobs@laopera.org 



LA Opera's Costume Shop has an opening for a creative Costume Crafts Assistant. Qualified applicants must have a strong working knowledge of general costume crafts. Millinery skills and general dye skills are required. Candidates must have the ability to meet tight deadlines, work independently and as part of a team, and must possess excellent communication skills.

Please send resume and letter of interest to: jmusselman@laopera.org



The LA Opera Costume Shop has an opening for a Costume Assistant for our 2016-17 Season. The Costume Assistant works with the Costume Production Supervisors in all aspects of a production including assisting with creating and maintaining the bible, dressing lists and inventories, fabric and supply shopping, errands, attending fittings and dress rehearsals.

Qualified applicants must have professional theatrical experience, be organized, be able to multitask in a fast-paced environment, possess excellent communication skills, be computer literate, and be able to work long and irregular hours. Position requires knowledge of theatrical period, general costume construction and wardrobe requirements. Knowledge of resources in the greater Los Angeles area is a plus. A clean driving record and ability to drive a minivan are required. Use of personal vehicle is required. This is a seasonal position with employment beginning March/April 2016.

Please send resume and letter of interest to: jmusselman@laopera.org


production ASSISTANT - warehouse

The LA Opera Costume Shop seeks a Production Assistant (Warehouse). This position reports to the Warehouse Manager. Duties include, but are not limited to: assisting in the organization and maintenance of costume warehouses, fitting rooms, stockrooms; assisting with packing, unpacking and maintaining inventories of incoming and outgoing productions; assisting in the organization and preparation of show and stock footwear; assisting with tracking and transportation of costumes to and from theatre and rehearsal venues on a varied and flexible schedule; running errands as directed; assisting with the organization of dry cleaning and the completion of laundry.

Professional experience in costuming required. Applicants must be organized, detail oriented, flexible, have good oral and written communication skills, and be computer literate. The ability to prioritize, take instructions and work independently while meeting due dates and deadlines, work long hours on a flexible schedule, lift and carry up to 60 lbs. is essential. A clean driving record and the ability to drive a minivan and 16’ cargo truck in city traffic are required. This is a seasonal position with employment beginning April, 2016.

Please send resume and letter of interest to: jmusselman@laopera.org

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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:


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.


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 dancersubmissions@laopera.org. Submissions will be kept on file and dancers will be contacted about applicable audition opportunities.


Applications for chorus auditions for the 2016/2017 season are no longer being accepted. If you are interested in auditioning for the 2017/2018 season, please check here for more information to be posted in early January of 2017. 

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
If selected to audition, singers will be asked to prepare two selections from the standard operatic repertory. Each piece should be in a different language. 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 indicating their availability (based on a preliminary rehearsal and performance schedule) and their ability to fulfill special requirements (as listed for each production).


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. 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.

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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 info@operaleague.org.


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 educom@laopera.org to contact us via email or call (213) 972-3157.

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media and communications fall internship
with director, tim johnson

LA Opera has an immediate opening for a media and communications intern who will be responsible for capturing and producing stories on video about LA Opera’s community engagement programs. As part of the Company’s strategic communications plan, projects will focus on our community partnerships and the communities we serve. Most filming and story capture will occur in different community locations throughout Los Angeles County.  Reimbursement will be made for the use of personal transportation.

While the intern will be supervised by the Senior Director of Education and Community Engagement and the Director of Public Relations, this individual will have the unique opportunity to work directly with film director and board member Tim Johnson. Mr. Johnson has lengthy movie credits and most recently directed the blockbuster Home for DreamWorks Studios.

Qualified candidates must be currently enrolled at least half-time at an accredited college or university pursuing a degree in Communications, Film and Television, Journalism or related discipline, will have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and will be able to work at least 12 hours per week.  Strong communication skills and ability to work in a team environment are essentials. Prior internship experience in related communication areas and experience in an arts environment is highly desirable.

Please send resume and a cover letter to jobs@laopera.org 


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