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The Santa Fe Opera Chorus; photo by Curtis Brown for the Santa Fe Opera


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.

Cosmos and other plants on campus

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.

Theater Maintenance Supervisor 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!

Night Theatre Porter

Theatre Custodial and Maintenance

Grounds Maintenance Crew

View of sunset from between theater and opera club


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 available internships at this time.

Mountains at sunset in Taos, New Mexico

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

Liz Kellogg
Director of Human Resources

Chorus group surrounding principle singer, Platee


There are no auditions available at this time.

Artistic Administration

Orchestra pit at night



For information regarding orchestra auditions please visit the page above or 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.

A couple on lounge chair singer, apprentice scenes

Apprentice Programs

Learn more about applying to our world-famous apprentice programs

Apprentice Information