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Posting Date:  May 10, 2015

Type of Employment:  Full-time, salaried

Reports to:  President & CEO and Artistic Advisor & Principal Conductor

The Executive/Artistic Coordinator (Coordinator) position has three primary areas of responsibility:

  1. Executive assistant to the President and CEO (President) and to the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor (Conductor) which includes calendar coordinator and duties related to the general administration of VA Opera;  
  2. Artistic coordinator for the Artistic Department which includes administering contracts and payroll, coordinating auditions and events, and tracking departmental expenses; and
  3. General assistant to the Boards of Virginia Opera, which includes keeping minutes and preparing agendas.

 Additionally, this position will work closely with the President and with the Conductor on special projects and other independent responsibilities as assigned.

 Required prerequisites include:

  1. significant office and administrative experience,
  2. strong artistic background with knowledge of vocal repertory,
  3. familiarity with artistic source material,
  4. strong proof-reading skills with familiarity in foreign languages,
  5. strong computer knowledge including Microsoft office, Word, Excel, and social media experience,
  6. grasp of basic administrative operational principles, organizational skills, and communication skills,
  7. ability to get along with many different types of people
  8. B.A. or B.M. degree in Music or vocal performance, or 2+ years of experience in professional opera administration.

Virginia Opera produces four mainstage productions each season and mounts each production in three distinct markets within the commonwealth.  In addition, Virginia Opera also has a thriving education department that tours throughout the state of Virginia with three separate productions each season.

 Virginia Opera is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and references to Russell Allen, President & CEO, at



Type of Employment:  Full-time Seasonal, salaried

Reports to:  Director of Production

Virginia Opera invites applications for the position of Production Stage Manager. The position is full time seasonal with the contract spanning late August 2016 to early April 2017. The ideal candidate will have at least 2-3 years of professional opera stage management experience with proficiency in calling cues in opera, reading music, scheduling, creating paperwork, driving rehearsals and performances, overseeing backstage operations, and maintaining a positive attitude in various situations.

The Stage Manager will support the opera’s four mainstage show and various special events throughout the commonwealth of Virginia. Candidates must have excellent organizational skills, time and priority management, and interpersonal skills. Touring experience is preferred but not required as Virginia Opera performs in three markets including Norfolk, Richmond, and Fairfax.

Virginia Opera does not provide housing, candidate will need to relocate to the Hampton Roads area.

Please send you cover letter, resume with three references to Dave Smith, Director of Production, at Please include Production Stage Manager in the subject line.



Virginia Opera Association seeks to fill the position of Stitcher.



-construction of new garments

-alteration and repair of pre-existing or rental garments

-the ability to efficiently and accurately sew

-run wardrobe as assigned



-two years of professional theatrical sewing and alteration experience

-demonstrated proficiency in advanced hand and machine sewing techniques

-Experience using both domestic and industrial sewing equipment

-the ability to be a team player while maintaining a positive attitude

-must be able to climb stairs

-must be able to lift 25lbs

-some evening and weekend work

-BA, BFA, MA or MFA preferred but not necessary.


Send cover letter, resume, and references by email to: Dave Smith, Director of Production at Dave. with Stitcher in the subject line.



Get your foot in the door with a great resume builder! 
Virginia Opera’s Box Office is hiring for part-time positions (12-20 hours/week). 

Some requirements are:

1. Must be a team player 

2. Must be highly organized with attention to detail

3. Good computer skills

4. Available for occasional evening and weekend events

5. Able to answer phones and process ticket orders quickly and efficiently

6. Experience with ticketing software (Tessitura, ETIX, etc.)

7. Customer service experience a plus! 



Regular Box Office hours are Monday-Friday; 10 am - 5 pm and during performances.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to



No Internship Opportunities at This Time

Check back again later to see what positions may have become available. Submission guidelines for each position will be outlined in the posting. No calls, please.

Volunteer Efforts

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House an Opera Singer!

Looking for a novel way to support Virginia Opera? If so, consider opening your home to one of our many talented opera singers and join the exclusive ranks of "Virginia Opera Housers!"

That's right, housing a mainstage artist helps Virginia Opera more than you can ever imagine.

If you have a spare bedroom you can share with an opera singer, we need your help! In return you will receive two (2) tickets to the current opera, an invitation to a special "thank you" party at the end of the season, and a listing in the opera's program book. Plus, being a houser is considered a tax deductible donation!

If you wish to help Virginia Opera in this most special way, or want to learn more, please call Vanya Foote at 757-627-9545 ext. 3332 or email




Please check back in the Spring of 2017 for audition opportunities for the 2017-2018 season!.

Rehearsals and Performances

All chorus rehearsals take place in Norfolk Virginia at the Harrison Opera House. Typical choristers live in either the Hampton Roads or Richmond areas. The number of rehearsal hours required varies by production, but choristers can expect to spend approximately two months on a production from first rehearsal to final performance. Performances are presented in Norfolk, Richmond and Fairfax.


Virginia Opera is a professional chorus offering competitive compensation. Transportation and lodging are provided as appropriate for the Richmond and Fairfax performances.



Please check back for audition opportunities for the 2016-2017 season!



Supernumeraries are people of all ages who share the stage with operatic artists. Supers act as 'extras' on the stage. Supers can play soldiers, townspeople, nuns, gypsies as well as many other important roles. A super's enthusiasm and cooperation is an important part of any operatic production.  

Virginia Opera offers supernumeraries a competitive honorarium. Transportation, lodging and per diem are provided as appropriate for the Richmond and Fairfax venues.

For additional information on becoming a supernumerary with Virginia Opera, please contact Alexandra Stacey via email at or by calling 757-213-4541.



Virginia Opera is holding auditions for the 2016-2017 season Children’s Chorus. Auditions will be held on Thursday, May 19 and Tuesday, May 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. each evening. Children should be between the ages of 8 to 12 years old, can be male or female, and should have experience singing on stage.

For more information regarding auditions, please contact Alexandra Stacey via email at or by calling 757-213-4541.