Opportunities at Sarasota Opera

In order to fulfill its mission of producing "outstanding opera, true to the vision of the composer" Sarasota Opera relies and the talents of many people, both onstage and behind the scenes. The company offers many career opportunities for artists.

Our administrative staff are some of the most highly regarded in the industry. Former Sarasota Opera artists and staff members have gone on to run or work at opera companies throughout the U.S. Sarasota Opera regularly posts job opportunities for artists, backstage personnel, and administrative staff on our website.

If you are interested in working at Sarasota Opera, please look through the website for available position. As opportunities become available, they will be posted to the website. Sarasota Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Current Career Openings

Wig and Makeup Staff

Position: Wig and Makeup Staff

The Wig and Makeup staff is a seasonal independent contractor who is responsible for construction of wigs and application of both wigs and makeup for Sarasota Opera’s 2022-2023 season. The season encompasses four main stage opera productions. The wig and makeup staff will be involved with all aspects of the operation of the wig and makeup department. Including preparation of the wig and makeup shop for the season, building / styling wigs, application of wigs and makeup for each production, wig maintenance and end of season strike. 

Youth Opera Coordinator

Position: Youth Opera Coordinator 

Job Description: The Youth Opera Coordinator reports jointly to the Youth Opera Music Director and the Director of Education and is responsible for the administration of the Sarasota Youth Opera program and provides administrative and project support to the Director of Education and Music Administrator. 

Props Artisan

Position: Props Artisan

Position Summary: The Props Artisan is a seasonal stagehand and part of the IA props crew. Additional work with IATSE Local 412 is available outside of the Opera season. We perform in “rep” style so night and weekend work should be expected. 

Bar and Concession Staff

Part-time Bar and Concession Staff with very flexible hours!

The Sarasota Opera House is accepting applications for part-time bar and concession staff with various shifts and hours. Schedules are very flexible and fit well with college students or professionals seeking additional income in an arts environment. A professional attitude is essential and previous experience is not a requirement. Primary responsibilities involve serving beverages and snacks in a friendly and professional manner. Additional responsibilities involve basic point of sale operation, minor set-up, proper break-down, and practicing safe work procedures. Please apply with a brief resume or letter of intent to Jim Reid, Director of Theater Operations at [email protected].

Thank you!

Auditions

Apprentice Artists Program

Applications for the Winter 2023 Apprentice Program are being accepted now through August 20th. The program runs January 11 through March 26, 2023 and includes participating in the chorus of the four Main Stage productions of Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi's Ernani and Massenet’s Thérèse. Participants will have opportunities to participate in masterclasses, cover MainStage roles, perform in concerts, and other performance opportunities, as well as receive musical, dramatic, and language coaching. 

This is a paid position and there is no fee to apply. Auditions are being held September 6 -13 in New York, Chicago, and Sarasota. For more information and to apply, please visit Yaptracker.

Studio Artists Program

Singers who wish to audition for the Studio Artists Program must have:

  • Career potential as an operatic soloist
  • Minimum of three seasons experience with nationally recognized young artists programs
  • Have performed a minimum of three substantial operatic roles with orchestra
  • Impeccable professional references (references will be checked)

Singers who meet these requirements can be considered for audition by directly contacting, or having their agent contact, Marco Nisticò, Artistic Administrator, at [email protected]

Principal Artists

Artist managers should contact Marco Nisticò, Artistic Administrator, at [email protected]. Please note: Only managed singers will be considered for principal roles.

Orchestra Position

Musicians interested in applying for possible openings in the Sarasota Opera Orchestra are asked to email their resume to Gregg Koyle, Orchestra Personnel Manager & Contractor at [email protected].

Supernumeraries

Thank you for your interest in being a Supernumerary with Sarasota Opera. Supernumeraries – also called “supers” – are background characters used to help create full and lively scenes during our full-length operas. These roles are unpaid; however, supers will receive complimentary tickets to performances for their family and friends. 

Interested in participating in our upcoming season? Contact Artistic Administrator Marco Nistico at [email protected] or call 941-328-1310 to schedule an appointment.

Volunteer

Do you have a passion for opera? Are you a Sarasota Opera fan who wants to be more involved backstage, in the theater, or in the offices? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Sarasota Opera wants you!

Members of the Sarasota Opera Corps of Volunteers are highly valued individuals who are essential to the day-to-day functions of our opera company. Whether in the administration offices, costume shop, front of house, or working as an usher, driver, or in production, Sarasota Opera has a spot for you!

If you are interested in volunteering for Sarasota Opera, please click here.

If you have questions about volunteering at Sarasota Opera, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Jo Ann Whitehead at [email protected] or call 941-366-8450 ext. 516.