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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.

Senior Development Officer

LA Opera is seeking a key Development Officer who will focus on strategies and programs to identify, cultivate and steward individual prospects and donors while supporting LA Opera’s performances, public programs and special projects.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Create and implement strategies to identify, qualify, cultivate and acquire new donors;  renew and upgrade annual donors
  • Solicit and secure four and five (and above) figure gifts for unrestricted and restricted uses
  • Initiate contact and secure face to face cultivation and solicitation meetings with donors and prospects
  • Employ good stewardship practices
  • Manage and update portfolio activity in Tessitura (database)
  • Draft donor solicitations and other correspondence
  • Staff events and performances
  • Work collaboratively with the development staff and other departments
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualified candidates will have a BA or BS in a related field and 7 years development experience, preferably in individual giving for a non-profit arts organization.  Candidates must have the ability to deal discreetly with sensitive, confidential and proprietary information. Experience with solicitation strategies, volunteers and board members is also necessary.  Night and weekend work as needed and a passion for the performing arts is a plus.

Please send resume via email to: jobs@laopera.org


Senior Director, information technology

LA Opera is looking for a Senior Director of IT.  Supervising a staff of four, the department provides technological support for 100 full time employees and operations at multiple locations in a fast-paced environment.  LA Opera uses Tessitura as its ticketing and donor record database management system, and is the leader of a Consortium of users including two other non-profit companies of The Music Center.  An ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:

  • Experience with managing PCI compliance requirements, Microsoft Office 365, disaster recovery, networking.
  • Experience with Tessitura (or comparable database management system) end-user project management.
  • Clear written and verbal communications skills of technical information to a non-technical audience.
  • Capability of presenting in front of a group.
  • Proven leadership skills, with ability to delegate and collaborate in a group.
  • Creative problem solver and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Managing change.
  • 10 years of experience in an industry with transferable skill set.
  • Undergraduate degree.

Please send resume via email to: jobs@laopera.org



The Los Angeles Opera Costume Shop seeks a Production, Stock & Rental Coordinator. This full-time, year-round staff position is responsible for development and oversight of protocols and procedures for costume and stock management, including tracking systems, local/domestic/international shipping, costume cleaning, costume rental, storage and warehousing. This position reports directly to the Costume Director, supervises the Warehouse Manager and Production Assistants, and collaborates with key costume shop, wardrobe and opera staff. Only individuals with professional experience in costume management, costume construction and wardrobe should apply.

Applicant must be organized, flexible, computer literate, have excellent communication skills, and have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision while meeting deadlines. Position requires the ability to work long hours on a flexible schedule, the ability to lift and carry up to 60 lbs., a valid driver license, and a clean driving record.

Please send resume tojgreen@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.


Principal Bass
Bass Auditions will be held on October 7, 2016.  

Bassoon auditions will be held on October 14, 2016.

Preliminary screening of candidates will be by CD and resume submission. The bass submission deadline is Friday, August 26, 2016. The bassoon submission deadline is Friday, September 2, 2016.

Due to publisher requirements, the repertoire and information PDFs are password protected. You may download the bass materials here, and the bassoon materials here. Please click here to request the password.

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.

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 may also submit a picture, resume and cover letter to dancersubmissions@laopera.org. Submissions will be be kept on file and dancers will be contacted about applicable auditions when possible.


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 when possible.

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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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Information regarding internships will be posted here.

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