There are many ways to join the Opera Colorado team, whether as part of our administrative or artistic staff, or as chorus members, supernumeraries, or interns. Any available opportunities are listed below; please follow the directions in each individual listing to apply.

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Employment Opportunities

STITCHER

The Stitcher is a key member of the Company’s Costume Shop team reporting to the Costume Coordinator/Shop Manager. The Stitcher position is a part-time, seasonal contract position.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Machine and hand sewing.
  • Follows Cutter/Draper’s methodologies for made to order garments and alterations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Cutter/Draper.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by Wardrobe, including but not limited to taking fitting photographs, labeling, pulling and restocking items from stock, packing tasks for Load In and Out.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by the Shop Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of and experience in moderate hand and sewing techniques
  • Basic knowledge of costume and fashion history
  • Basic knowledge of fabric types and their uses for stage
  • Good time management skills
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Craft and Millinery experience a plus

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • A mission-driven individual with a belief in and commitment to Opera Colorado’s mission, artistic vision and values.
  • A good listener, able to analyze and formulate disparate information into a sound, well-organized plan.
  • A team member – confident and competent; one who can work with a diverse group of personalities with different work styles.
  • Emotionally mature with a good sense of humor, and the flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations.

Hourly position averaging six (6) weeks of work per production, 15-to-25-hour work week, starting at $14 per hour.

HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume to humanresources@operacolorado.org.

CUTTER/DRAPER

The Cutter/Draper is a key member of the Company’s Costume Shop team reporting to the Costume Coordinator/Shop Manager. The Cutter/Draper position is a full-time, seasonal contract position.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Drape or draft costumes as rendered by designers, and supervise the cutting and construction of costumes by a team of professionals
  • Prepare costumes for fittings after costumes are unpacked
  • Conduct fittings with costume designers and Costume Coordinator and keep costume builds and alterations on schedule
  • Perform fittings and alterations on rented and purchased costumes, adhering strictly to accepted practices for rented costumes
  • Assists the Costume Coordinator/Shop Manager in maintaining a clean, safe work environment

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience as a draper/cutter in a professional costume shop
  • Experience in drafting/draping patterns for costuming
  • Knowledge of costume construction
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Proficiency in advanced sewing techniques
  • Experience fitting and altering rented or purchased costumes
  • Experience working with a wide variety of materials
  • Proficiency with operating and trouble-shooting sewing machines
  • Flexibility for evening and weekend hours
  • Ability to manage time and projects effectively under production deadlines

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • A mission-driven individual with a belief in and commitment to Opera Colorado’s mission, artistic vision and values.
  • A good listener, able to analyze and formulate disparate information into a sound, well-organized plan.
  • A flexible and creative individual who can find alternative ways to reach objectives when barriers a rise; a skilled negotiator.
  • A team builder – confident and competent; one who understands the subtleties of motivating and directing a diverse group of personalities with different work styles.
  • Emotionally mature with a good sense of humor and the flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations.

Seasonal hourly position averaging eight (8) weeks of work per production, 40+ -hour work week, $20 to $25 per hour range.

HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume to humanresources@operacolorado.org.

Upcoming Auditions

THE SHINING: THE GRADY GIRLS & DANNY TORRANCE

Opera Colorado will hold auditions on Saturday, October 2, 2021 to cast featured roles for children in its winter 2022 production of Moravec and Campbell’s The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King. Auditions will be held in the Studio Loft of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House of the Denver Performing Arts Complex in downtown Denver.

Audition/Casting Requirements:

All children must be age 12+ and fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Grady Girls:
• Seeking two girls ages 12+ who can pass for ages 12-14.
• Please come prepared to sing 16-32 bars of age-appropriate musical theatre or opera repertoire.
• Stage Director David Toro will run a theatre game or two as an acting exercise.

For Danny Torrance:
• Seeking two children ages 12+ who look 12 or younger. One will be cast as the primary Danny and one as the cover Danny, however, both do appear onstage at each performance!
• Acting ability is central to this role which is primarily a speaking part.
• Please come prepared to sing a short musical excerpt [examples: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Happy Birthday, etc.] to show you can carry a tune.
• Stage Director David Toro will read through a scene from the opera as an acting exercise.

Please Note: Auditions will be videotaped for later review by artistic staff for casting purposes.

Time Commitment:
Early staging rehearsals will take place between January 31-February 16, 2022 at the Opera Colorado Opera Center in Englewood, Colorado. Technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and all performances will take place on varying dates between February 18–March 6 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex in downtown Denver.

Compensation:
Those children selected for roles shall receive a stipend. In addition, each child shall receive:
• Two (2) tickets to The Shining Final Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, February 24.
• Parking passes for the Denver Performing Arts Complex Garage/Colorado Convention Center Garage for all days they are called to rehearse or perform at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:
To comply with current protocols for health and safety at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and those in place for Opera Colorado, all persons attending or participating in auditions at the Studio Loft on October 2 should be prepared to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Opera Colorado will not record or document proof of vaccination status, nor will it share vaccination status information with any other entity.

To request an audition time for October 2 and receive further instructions on how to access the Ellie Caulkins Opera House Studio Loft, please email auditions@operacolorado.org with “SHINING Child Auditions” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls, please.

Auditions times will be filled on a first-come basis.