Each season, two evenings of fully staged Apprentice Scenes provide audience members with the opportunity to hear and see the work of apprentice designers, technicians, stage managers, and vocalists. For more information, click here. 

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Director and designer presentations, resume reviews, master classes, specialty workshops and portfolio reviews by our professional staff and guest designers are offered throughout the season. After all of the season's repertory productions have opened, technical apprentices produce two evenings of fully staged opera scenes, performed by the apprentice singers. The Opera also hosts a Portfolio Review Fair, during which apprentices can share their design work with fellow employees, designers and invited guests.

Compensation varies with responsibilities of the position and experience of the applicant. Apprentices receive an hourly wage with overtime and assistance with long distance travel to and from Santa Fe. Apprentice Housing is located in Opera owned housing. Housing deductions are based on a percentage that is deducted from your base pay.

The production schedule of the opera season is rigorous, personally and professionally demanding, and physically taxing. The schedule includes many continuous periods of long work days and nights. Twelve-hour-plus days, and six to seven-day work weeks can be the norm. Technical rehearsals must begin after sunset, and end well into the post-midnight hours.

Important: All applicants must be 18 years of age to be eligible.



The application process for the 2016 season has closed. Applications for the 2017 season will be available beginning in mid-December. 

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