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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Current Positions Open:

  • Dresser
  • HR & Business Operations Manager

Employment Opportunities


Opera Colorado seeks a female community member to join the cast of The Shining for a short, but iconic, moment in composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell’s operatic setting of Stephen King’s original novel. The role available is the ghost of Mrs. Massey, haunting room 217 at The Overlook Hotel. Danny Torrance, lured there by the spirits of The Overlook and his youthful curiosity, enters Room 217 where he—along with the audience—receive a shock as the decaying Mrs. Massey pops out of the bathtub, grabbing the young boy.

The Shining makes its regional premiere at Opera Colorado in late February of 2022. A unique latex bodysuit was constructed for the character of the decaying Mrs. Massey, built to fit the original actress who played the part during the opera’s premiere in 2016. Opera Colorado is not able to alter the bodysuit and as such seeks a female member of the community of similar body measurements with some acting experience who can successfully wear this custom piece of theatrical artistry.

Measurements/sizing of ideal candidates should be identical or very close to the following:

  • Height: 5’10”
  • Hips: 43.5”
  • Dress size: 14
  • Weight: 175-200 lbs
  • Waist: 33.75”
  • Bra size: 38D

The Mrs. Massey supernumerary will receive:

  • Two (2) tickets to The Shining Final Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, February 24, 2022.
  • Parking passes for the Denver Performing Arts Complex garage for all days in which they are called to rehearse or perform.
  • $75 honorarium per performance for total of $375 for lending your time and talents to this production.

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, January 31 with a final performance on Sunday, March 6. Rehearsals will take place during weekday evenings and weekends. All staging rehearsals, technical and dress rehearsals, and performances will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver. Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required to participate in this production. All supernumeraries must show proof of vaccination at their first rehearsal.

To express interest in the opening and for a more specific rehearsal schedule, please contact Katie Preissner, Director of Production, at No phone calls, please.


We are looking for additional Dressers to help on our upcoming production of THE SHINING. The Dresser is a key member of the Company’s Costume Shop team reporting to the Wardrobe Supervisor and Wardrobe Assistant. A Dresser is an on-call position paid $75-$125 (depending on experience) per call; usually 5.5-6 hrs.


The Production schedule is listed below:

Friday, Feb 18: Quick Change Tech, Call TBD Afternoon

Monday, Feb 21: Piano Dress, Call 5pm

Tuesday, Feb 22: Orchestra Tech, Call 5pm

Thursday, Feb 24: Orchestra Dress, Call 5pm

Saturday, Feb 26: Performance (1), Call 5pm

Tuesday, Mar 1: Performance (2), Call 5pm

Thursday, Mar 3: Performance (3), Call 5pm

Friday, Mar 4: Performance (4), Call 5pm

Sunday, Mar 6: Performance (5), Call 12pm  and Load out +2 hours (paid at +1/3 call rate)


  • Assists with the care and proper maintenance of all costumes, shoes, undergarments, hats and costume related personal props
  • Ensures the proper labeling, hanging, storage and preset of all costume pieces
  • Assists in collecting garments, ensuring that laundry is done on a regular basis between performances.
  • Assist in ensuring costumes are properly pressed or steamed prior to each performance
  • Assist the Wardrobe Supervisor with regularly inventory and inspection of all costumes and identifies costume repairs
  • Assists artists with dressing and quick changes


  • Working knowledge of all aspects of the theatre process – production and technical, as well
    as performance
  • Excellent communication skills –oral, visual
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work productively under severe time pressures and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work quietly and respectfully around artists, designers, directors, and other production personnel
  • Extensive knowledge of clothing and theatrical practices


  • A good listener, able to analyze and formulate disparate information into a sound, well-organized plan.
  • Emotionally mature with a good sense of humor and the flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations.
  • Professional attire required.


Current company policy requires that all employees provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Full policy can be provided upon request.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume with three references to No phone calls please.

HR & Business Operation Manger

Reports To: Director of Business Operations
Type: Full-Time
FLSA Classification: Exempt

The Company

Opera Colorado is a resident company at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex in downtown Denver, with its headquarters located in Englewood, CO. The company employs over 300 people during its season, which spans September through May, and serves over 60,000 patrons annually through its mainstage and education programs. The company, which has an annual operating budget of $6.3M, is known for opera productions of extraordinary artistry and innovation, encompassing a broad range of repertoire including contemporary works. The company navigated the COVID-19 pandemic with creativity and resilience by creating a hybrid of digital and in-person programming, all while focused on maintaining a healthy and safe environment for everyone. The company is proud to have returned to live performances once again as it opened its 39th season in November with a heart-racing and dramatic production of Puccini’s Tosca. The remainder of its 21-22 season includes Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell’s The Shining, based on the spine-chilling novel by Stephen King and Bizet’s audience favorite, Carmen. The company is also known for its outstanding education and community engagement programs supported by the Artists in Residence program, which focuses on the development of emerging artistic talent through main stage performances, community education programs, and statewide touring productions. The company is led by General & Artistic Director, Greg Carpenter, who since 2007 has produced an exciting mix of traditional and contemporary repertoire including several world and Colorado premieres attracting artists from around the globe, all while growing audiences to new record levels.

Who We Are

We are a dynamic team of ethical individuals passionate about our work and helping each other achieve our greatest potential. Adventure, curiosity, and transparency are at the heart of our team. We create great art, celebrate individuality, encourage growth, and have fun doing it. Our mission is to connect our Colorado Community to the emotions and stories of the world through traditional and innovative opera and educational training programming that is accessible to all. We believe that opera plays a vital role in enriching our community. Every day, Opera Colorado removes barriers to make opera accessible and affordable and tells stories that excite and connect us in meaningful ways. Our distinct contribution to our city’s cultural life is centered on our grand opera productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, with additional performances and educational experiences presented live and distributed digitally throughout the seven-county metropolitan area and across the state.

Our Vision and Values

We aspire to build a family of opera lovers, who reflect the multicultural fabric of our community. Our work will tell the great stories of opera, past, present, and future, showcasing diverse talent and innovative approaches that serve as a model for our community and the industry at large. To advance our mission and vision, the Opera Colorado staff has identified a set of core values that aim to inform our organizational culture and decision-making.

  • We foster Creativity in every aspect of our work—from the originality of our productions and educational experiences to the way we innovate and solve problems.
  • We are Tenacious in forging new paths and overcoming challenges—we don’t give up when the going gets tough!
  • We are Passionate about opera, our patrons, and our colleagues—we celebrate our dedication to creating the most compelling opera experiences for the widest audiences.
  • We approach our daily work with a high level of Integrity—focusing on respectful, professional, and transparent actions, treating others as we would hope to be treated, and creating a trusting work environment.
  • We strive to create an Inclusive environment—providing equal access to all opportunities within the company and creating an environment where everyone feels welcome and safe.
  • We know Humor fosters camaraderie and friendship—allowing us to maintain a lighthearted perspective and helping us view stressful events as opportunities.
  • We exist to serve our Community but we also work collaboratively as a Community of professionals—respecting our individual and collective talents and opinions, while building strong bonds between the company and our patrons.

Position Overview

The HR and Business Operations Manager is an important addition to our full-time team at OC. They will be responsible for executing day-to-day administrative needs for the company with a significant emphasis on managing payroll, HR support, and operations. This individual will be a key support for the administrative department reporting to the Director of Business Operations and working very closely with the Managing Director and the OC team at-large. Collectively, this team is responsible for the back-office operations of the company including HR, finance, accounting, IT/business systems, office management, and facility maintenance.

This role is designed for someone who enjoys variety in their day-to-day work but is comfortable and meticulous in executing routine business processes. The ideal candidate is intellectually curious, enjoys solving problems, and can manage a variety of unrelated tasks in the same workday—and sometimes the same hour! They must be comfortable working across teams including regular interaction with senior managers and company leadership. This individual does not need to be an HR or accounting expert but must have a demonstrated ability to execute complex business processes and have a high level of emotional intelligence to navigate complex or sensitive HR matters and escalate as appropriate to supervisors and/or company leadership.

For a high-level understanding of the role, it is approximately 70% focused on administrative functions of managing payroll, bookkeeping, office management, and vendor communications; and 30% focused on HR support such as managing job postings, conducting background checks, processing new hires, managing the time and attendance system, and helping employees with basic HR questions.

Duties and Responsibilities

Business Operations

  • Implements maintains and reviews payroll processing and accounting systems to ensure timely and accurate processing of payroll transactions including salaries, benefits, garnishments, taxes, and other deductions.
  • Ensures accurate and timely processing of payroll updates including new hires, terminations, and changes to pay rates.
  • Serves as the primary contact for supervisors regarding payroll timesheet submissions for employees and any changes to employee information in the HRIS.
  • Maintains rate tables for union contracts and ensures payroll system captures the appropriate rates and employees are assigned the proper rate; tracks and prepares employee union dues withholdings.
  • Prepares and maintains accurate records and reports of payroll transactions; reconciles payroll to the general ledger.
  • Prepare intra-account fund transfer forms for payroll and benefits.
  • Supports administrative team with weekly cash disbursements process by transferring accounts payable data to general ledger system and maintaining and communicating with vendors regarding payment status, W-9 collection, and bank transfer information.
  • Supports administrative team with uploading positive pay and ETF files to the company’s banking and treasury platform.
  • Supports administrative team with the recording of miscellaneous and vendor related deposits.
  • Assists administrative team with the merging of entries on the general ledger and journal entry maintenance.
  • Reviews daily banking activity and clears outstanding checks in the general ledger.
  • Supports administrative team with annual financial audit and tax return preparation by gathering documents and organizing
  • Supports administrative team with monthly sales tax and FDA tax filings.
  • Assists administrative team with annual business and charitable division registrations.
  • Supports administrative team with facility maintenance requests and supply order, and office management.
  • Organizes staff events and administers the office calendar, including holiday schedule.

HR Support

  • Supports the senior team in facilitating job postings, managing the application process, and screening prospective candidates; collaborates with OC team to understand skills and competencies required for openings.
  • Facilitates the onboarding and termination process for employees by serving as the point-person in managing the onboarding and termination checklists, updating the HRIS, scheduling onboarding meetings or exit interviews with the OC team, and supporting these employees during the process.
  • Processes new hire documentation and setup in HRIS; ensures company’s PEO has necessary employment eligibility verification documentation and works with supervisors to ensure forms are properly completed.
  • Actively maintains the employee roster in the company’s HRIS and supports the administrative team with COVID-19 safety protocols including the verification and tracking of vaccination status and accommodation requests.
  • Orders background checks for applicable employees and ensures the company’s PEO receives the proper verification Follows-up to ensure background checks are completed or provides additional documentation requests.
  • Handles employment-related inquiries from applicants, employees, and supervisors, referring complex and/or sensitive matters to the appropriate supervisor or company leadership.
  • Oversees the company’s time and attendance system including maintenance and training with supervisors for timesheet entry and employees’ PTO requests. Ensures PTO schedules are approved and shared with the OC team to improve organizational communications.

Skills and Attributes

  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude with a team player mentality.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Proficient with payroll and accounting software.

Education and Experience

  • A passion for the performing arts.
  • Three to five years of related experience required. Candidate must have experience managing payroll and an understanding of accounting principles.
  • Basic knowledge in accounting/ERP systems, and HRIS.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an open, respectful and collaborative environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Human Resources, or related field is
  • Experience with Tessitura, Concur, WorkForce Now, and/or Activity HD is a plus.
  • SHRM-CP a plus.

Physical and Other Requirements

  • Prolonged period of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times.
  • Ability for some weekend and evening work during busy season.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to by December 3, 2021. No phone calls please.

Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (SB 19-085) Information

Compensation is commensurate with skill and experience. Salary range $60,000 – $70,000.

Upcoming Auditions

There are no posted auditions at this time.