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

Associate Company Manager

Associate Company Manager: (click here to view the full description)

Brief Description: Working Closely with the Artistic Administrator, the Associate Company Manager is primarily responsible for administrative and Logistical matters involving artists, seasonal staff, and the orchestra. As part of a welcoming and creative organization the Associate Company Manager will be a generalized problem solver that is highly collaborative, can maintain a positive outlook and demonstrate leadership and prioritization skills. 

Assistant Director Internship

Assistant to the Stage Director: (click to view full job description)

Internship Description: The Sarasota Opera is seeking a dedicated and passionate individual to join our team as an intern assisting the stage director. This internship provides a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the world of opera production, working closely with seasoned professionals in a dynamic and artistic environment. 

Assistant Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager: (click here to view the full job description)

Brief Description: The Assistant Stage Manager is a seasonal independent contractor who, under the guidance of the Production Stage Manager/Calling Stage Manager, will assist with the documentation, preparation and running of all rehearsals and performances. They will also maintain a working score for assigned productions, and other duties related to stage management as assigned. 

Calling Stage Manager

Calling Stage Manager: (click here to view the full job description)

Brief Description: The Calling Stage Manager is a seasonal independent contractor who, under the guidance of the Production Stage Manager, is responsible for running all rehearsals for and calling one of the four winter season operas. There will additionally be concerts or events that will require support from Stage Management. 

Director of Marketing

Director of Marketing: (click here to view the full description)

Sarasota Opera is looking for a dynamic and creative Director of Marketing to oversee the audience growth and brand enhancement of a $10M opera company and historic theater. This pivotal role of the senior management team reports directly to the General Director and is responsible for strategizing and achieving a $3.5M revenue goal. The Director will guide a marketing team and contractors and collaborate with all departments to innovate audience engagement strategies, increase earned revenue, and harness digital and video technologies to promote Sarasota Opera and its offerings.

Leadership Giving Officer

Leadership Giving Officer: (click here to view the full job description)

Sarasota Opera's Development Department is seeking a Leadership Giving Officer primarily responsible for cultivating, renewing, and increasing donors and prospects to the Leadership-tier levels (mainly $6,000 and up), which includes Co-Producer, Artistic Achievement Fund (all levels), and Youth Opera programs. 

Auditions

Apprentice Artists Program

Applications for the Winter 2025 Apprentice Program are open. The program runs January 9 through March 30, 2025 and includes participating in the chorus of the four Main Stage productions of Mascagani's Cavalleria Rusticana with Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Verdi’s Stiffelio. 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. If you're interested in applying for the Winter 2025 Apprentice Program, click here to apply.

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 Nisticò 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.