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Working at the Santa Fe Opera

The Santa Fe Opera has an industry-wide reputation as an excellent employer, providing rewarding opportunities amid a setting of great natural beauty. As an Equal Opportunity employer the Santa Fe Opera celebrates diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, creed, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, political affiliation or philosophy. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

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Year Round Positions

There are approximately 70 staff members working around the year in a variety of areas — from production, marketing, and fundraising to technical, administrative, and maintenance of the opera’s beautiful grounds.

Maintenance Assistant

Painting props backstage

Seasonal Positions

Seasonal employees begin arriving in the Spring and by early July, more than 600 employees are on board to make the upcoming season come to life.  They are responsible for all the off-stage magic and include positions in the Box Office, Opera Shop, Front of House, audio, wigs and more!

Box Office Customer Service Representative

House Manager

Assistant House Manager

Usher Positions

Supernumerary Auditions


Gift Shop Cashiers

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Summer Seasonal Positions

The Santa Fe Opera is seeking seasonal, dependable workers for a variety of positions:

  • Grounds and general building maintenance
  • Theater cleaning and light maintenance, including backstage areas
  • Theater porters, evening hours on performance evenings
  • Gardening assistant

These are summer seasonal positions. You will enjoy working on our beautiful property and with friendly staff! Earn a competitive hourly rate based on your experience. You will also be eligible for a substantial end-of-season bonus if you are able to fulfill the entire term of your engagement. Basic training, and shirts a provided to each employee. Perhaps you are searching for variable or evening hours. If so, let us know! We may be able to work with your scheduling needs. Candidates who are 17 years old by June 1, 2022 are eligible to apply. Contact Liz Kellogg at

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With positions ranging from Development to Marketing to Community Engagement, our Internship Program offers a breadth of experience for the aspiring arts administrator. Past interns have gone on to major positions at other opera companies and arts organizations, including Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Houston Grand Opera, and Juilliard. Some have even come back to the Santa Fe Opera as full-time employees!

There are no positions available at this time.

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For more information about year-round,
seasonal and internship positions contact:

Liz Kellogg
Director of Human Resources

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Thank you for your interest. There are no auditions available at this time. Please check back at a later time. For more information, contact:

Artistic Administration

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For information regarding orchestra auditions, contact:

Orchestra Manager

I’ve worked all over the world, and the magic of doing opera in the high desert simply can’t be beat

Extreme challenges are part of the job, but once you see and hear the final result, it’s all worth it!

Bunnies on the lawn, incredible sunsets at day’s end—and I swear the birds sing more sweetly here.

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Apprentice Programs

Learn more about applying to our world-famous apprentice programs

Apprentice Information