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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.

Director of Development

Major Gift Officer

Facilities Maintenance Tech

Theater Maintenance Supervisor Assistant

Executive 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!

Seasonal Production Positions

Information Technology Assistant

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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!

The administrative internships are paid positions. Salary is the current county living wage (as of January 13, 2023: $12.95 per hour for a 40-hour work week). Generally, overtime is not required but, in those weeks, where hours worked exceed 40, those hours are paid at time and one half. The Opera’s housing office can assist in locating shared housing when required. If housing is provided, an amount of 15% of gross earnings each week would be deducted. The Opera would supplement additional rental expense. A travel or mileage subsidy is available, based on the departure and return locations. It is very helpful to bring a personal car to Santa Fe for the summer, as there is no public transportation between Santa Fe and the Opera house.

Donor Relations Intern

Special Events Intern

Opera Club Intern

Marketing Intern

Media & Public Relations Intern

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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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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