Sarasota Opera Association, Inc.
2013-14 Season Internships
The mission of Sarasota Opera clearly defines the company’s commitment to education. This not only means educating and preparing the singers and audiences of the future, but extends to those who are seeking careers in arts administration and production.
Sarasota Opera is pleased to offer competitive internships across the company with opportunities for aspiring administrators and designers. In addition to the assigned daily tasks, interns will expand their knowledge with seminars from local arts leaders, visiting administrators, as well as activities with Sarasota Opera staff including performances, rehearsals, and events.
About Sarasota Opera
Located on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, Sarasota Opera is now in its 55th season. A festival company, Sarasota Opera presents four operas in repertory during the months of February and March, and a fall season presenting one to two operas in November. The company has earned an international reputation for quality productions that present the operas in the way the composer intended.
In 1989 the company embarked on an ambitious program to perform every note Giuseppe Verdi wrote. The Verdi Cycle not only presents all of Verdi’s operas—both original scores and revisions—but also the composer’s other vocal and instrumental music. This season will see productions of Il trovatore and Jérusalem. Sarasota Opera’s Winter Festival will also include The Barber of Seville and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. The Fall season features Die Fledermaus, and Sarasota Youth Opera presents a fully staged production of Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep.
In 1960 a group, then called the Asolo Opera Guild, was formed to present the touring Turnau Opera in chamber-sized productions. In 1973 the company began mounting its own productions. In 1983 the company changed its name to Sarasota Opera, and since then has been under the artistic leadership of Victor DeRenzi. In addition to the Verdi Cycle, the company has garnered international attention with its Masterwork Revivals Series, which presents neglected works of artistic merit. The American Classics series, launched in 2011, includes operas written by American composers in the 20th century.
The company purchased the former A.B. Edwards Theater in downtown Sarasota in 1979. Renovations began in 1982 and the theater, now on the National Register of Historic Places, opened in 1984 as the Sarasota Opera House. In 2008, Sarasota Opera completed a $20 million dollar historic renovation and restoration. The project was designed to restore the historic 1926 theater to its original glory, while creating a venue for opera for the 21st century.
About the Internships
Sarasota Opera offers internships that are both full-time (40 hours per week) and part-time (25-35 hours per week). These unpaid opportunities are built to complement a student’s current degree program by offering hands-on experience in a professional repertory opera company. Although most internships are offered during the company’s Fall and Winter seasons, some are also available in the summer months. Interns will receive free tickets to Sarasota Opera performances as they are available and may be eligible for academic credit from their college or university.
Interns are expected to contribute between 25 and 40 hours per week during their time in Sarasota. Once they are selected, a personalized task schedule will be developed with the department head and direct supervisor. This schedule will be closely monitored by the Assistant to the Executive Director to ensure the Intern’s time at the company will be enriching and benefits their current course study. Interns are encouraged to be available to attend special seminars and events so that they can maximize their experience here.
Applications for Administrative and General Production positions will be accepted from rising juniors and seniors currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, second year graduate students, post-graduate students in the field of the desired internship, and individuals who have completed their degree within the past two years.
Applications for Youth Opera and Hair & Make-up will be expanded to high school juniors and seniors whose studies are concentrated in the arts.
The following internships are available. Click on the links for full descriptions.
• Development (fundraising, special donor events, donor data management)
• Media and Public Relations
• Production Administration
• Stage Management
• Hair and Make-up
• Youth Opera Music Administration
• Education and Outreach
Placement Dates and Deadlines
2013 Fall Season
• Internship Dates: October 1 through November 22, 2013
• Deadline for Application: August 31, 2013
• Notification Day: September 13, 2013
2014 Winter Season
• Internship Dates: January 2 through March 26, 2014
• Deadline for Application: September 30, 2013
• Notification Day: November 1, 2013
2014 Summer Internships (where available)
• Internship Dates: May 5, 2014 through June 27, 2014
• Deadline for Application: February 28, 2014
• Notification Day: April 15, 2014
How to Apply
Send your cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of the internship you are applying for in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be selected.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for an Internship without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, or any other protected status. Sarasota Opera offers equal opportunity and treatment to all who apply.
Questions should be directed to email@example.com with “Internship Questions” in the subject line, or call (941) 366-8450, ext. 228.
For more information on Sarasota Opera and our current season, please visit www.sarasotaopera.org.
Scott Guinn, Assistant to the Executive Director
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236