About the Program

Become an Integral Part of our Productions

Our Production Staff is comprised of experienced designers, technicians and craftspeople from regional theatres, opera companies and universities from around the world. Over 60% of our staff are former Santa Fe Opera technical apprentices. Staff compensation varies with responsibilities of the position and experience of the applicant. Staff housing is arranged by the Opera. Housing deductions are based on a percentage that is deducted weekly from your base pay. All staff receive assistance towards the cost of long distance travel to and from Santa Fe.

Alongside our Professional staff are apprentice technicians from colleges and theatre conservatories across the country. The Apprentice Program for Theatre Technicians, established in 1965, is an intermediate to advanced training program. The program offers instruction and practical experience in stage operations, properties, audio/video, costumes, production/music services, wigs and makeup, electrics and scenic art. Apprentices receive an hourly wage with overtime, and assistance with travel to and from Santa Fe, NM. Apprentice Housing is located in Opera owned apartments. Housing deductions are based on a percentage that is deducted weekly from the base pay.

Director and Designer presentations, resumé reviews, master classes, specialty workshops and portfolio reviews by our professional staff and guest designers are offered throughout the season. Once all of the season’s repertory productions have opened, technical apprentices participate in the production of fully staged opera scenes presented in two evening concerts featuring the apprentice artists. We also host a Portfolio Fair in which seasonal employees can share their work with fellow employees, designers and invited guests. This presentation will be scheduled for midseason. Please bring your portfolio fully prepared, for there is very limited time to work on it once you arrive.

The production of The Santa Fe 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 workweeks can be the norm. Since we are an outdoor venue, technical rehearsals must begin after sunset, and end well in the post midnight hours. The Santa Fe Opera Summer Festival presents five productions in repertory. This season’s productions are The Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute, Tristan und Isolde, Rusalka and the world premiere of M. Butterfly.

Apprentice technician positions typically begin early to mid-May and often require availability through late August.  

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Sponsor An Apprentice

With a gift of $12,500, you can sponsor a specific apprentice during the summer season. 

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Young Technicians

This high school mastery program teaches students how to take a script/libretto from page to stage.

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The Singer and Technical Apprentices of Santa Fe Opera take center stage for two evenings of fully-staged opera scenes. From Mozart to Verdi to Wagner, these “operatic samplers” are perfect for both the opera lover and the opera novice!

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