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2019-20 The Atlanta Opera Studio Auditions

To apply, fill out a YAP Tracker Resident Artist online application:

You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to complete and submit the application form, although you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see the website for details). Registration can be completed at

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Audition Dates & Locations

  • New York, NY: November 27-29, 2018
  • Atlanta, GA: December 5-7, 2018

Call back auditions will be held at the conclusion of EACH audition day.  Artists must be available for a possible call back audition on the day of their audition.  Artists will be notified of granted call back audition within 1 hour after the last audition of the day.  All auditions, including call backs, will be completed by 6pm each day.

Application Materials Required

  • Application form
  • Professional headshot
  • Resume
  • Application fee
  • Audition repertoire
  • Singers: 3-5 recorded selections (audio or visual)
  • Pianists: 3 recordings (audio or visual)
  • Stage Directors: A list of references from qualified opera professionals, portfolio (photo or video)


Audition Requirements

  • Singers: prepare 4-6 arias in contrasting styles and languages
  • Pianists: A brief solo piece of your choice, Carmen Quintet, Le Nozze di Figaro – Act II Finale, “Si, mi chiamano Mimi” from La bohème, Jews scene – rehearsal 187 to 207  (Boosey pv score –  pages 97/3/1 to 111/1/3) from Salome – Strauss.  Please be prepared to play and sing all for the excerpts, You may also be asked to sight read
  • Stage Directors: The Atlanta Opera Studio is accepting applications for its Stage Director position in the Studio Artist Program. The Studio Artist Stage Director will have the opportunity to work alongside leading international directors, conductors and singers. He or she will work closely with production and artistic staff on all aspects of the company’s annual productions.


Please send all required elements to:

Wade Thomas – Artistic Services & Studio Manager
The Atlanta Opera
1575 Northside Drive, NE, Ste. 350
Atlanta, GA 30318

Please address questions to Wade Thomas at

No phone calls please.

General Chorus

General Chorus auditions for the 2018-19 season are closed.
Please check back in March of 2019 for information about the 2019-20 season auditions.


Events & Projects Manager

Reports to: Chief Development Officer
FLSA Status: Exempt
Employment Status: Full-Time
Supervisory Requirements: None


This position works closely with members of the development and marketing teams to define the goals and purposes of events, and then to plan and host events.  Examples of events include an annual gala, cultivation and stewardship dinners and receptions, and patron tours, as well as other events held in conjunction with performances.  The events and projects manager is responsible for managing relationships with vendors and monitoring the budget, revenues, and expenses for each event.

The competitive candidate will demonstrate experience in nonprofit special events, a familiarity with comprehensive development strategy and operations, and a desire to be a part of a dynamic and growing opera company and Atlanta’s broader arts community.

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  • Manage all aspects of the Atlanta Opera’s events.
  • Create budgets, financial reports and follow up reports for fundraising, donor recognition and cultivation events.
  • Monitor income and expenses for all events.
  • Develop, cultivate, manage and provide leadership as needed to a corps of volunteers and/or chairpersons.
  • Manage staff at events as needed.
  • Fulfill all donor benefits relating to special events (i.e. comp tickets, name recognition, etc.).
  • Manage the solicitation of in-kind contributions for special events.
  • With Chief Development Officer, coordinate all corporate and individual fundraising solicitations relating to special events.
  • Manage solicitations conducted by the event’s volunteer and staff leadership.
  • Work with the development team to engage event donors as annual donors.
  • With Marketing staff, assist in developing and implementing promotions, sales packages, loyalty programs and other initiatives for groups and individuals.
  • With development and marketing staff, coordinate event copy for newsletters, email blasts, ARIA program books, and other marketing materials.
  • With marketing, create and implement press activities for major fundraising, donor recognition, cultivation, and outreach events.
  • With marketing and development, create invitations and other printed materials for events.
  • Serve as front of house manager during opera productions. Coordinate staff needs for productions with department leaders.
  • Plan and execute a cast party for each production.
  • Perform other administrative duties as required (special projects).


Late and irregular working hours, and evening and weekend work is required.  Position may require long periods of standing, and the ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.


    • Excellent written and oral communication and problem-solving skills.
    • Patience, flexibility and friendly attitude.
    • Strong organizational skills.
    • Ability to meet deadlines and manage projects simultaneously.
    • Multi-task and detail oriented.
    • Self-starting and solution oriented.
    • Good sense of humor and grace under pressure.
    • Thrive in a fast-paced team environment.
    • Enjoy nurturing relationships with volunteers, artists, donors and vendors.
    • Able to work at both the conceptual and implementation level.
    • Must be able to start, stop and resume work on projects as priorities change.
    • Set goals and objectives and achieve them.
    • Work with a variety of individuals while understanding the purpose and mission of each project.
    • Think creatively to ensure the success of each project.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field and/or related experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience managing special events.
  • Experience managing events for arts organizations is preferred.
  • Experience with Tessitura or other donor management software is preferred.

Please email cover letter and resume with references to, and include Events & Projects Manager in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Development Manager

Reports to: Chief Development Officer
FLSA Status: Exempt
Employment Status: Full-Time
Supervisory Requirements: None


The Development Manager collaborates closely with the development team and Chief Development Officer to develop and implement comprehensive strategy, while building and stewarding relationships.  This role also includes the opportunity to participate in development office administration, donor engagement at performances and events, as well as donor cultivation.

The competitive candidate will demonstrate experience in working with foundations and corporate partners, familiarity with comprehensive development strategy and operations, and a desire to be a part of a dynamic and growing opera company and Atlanta’s broader arts community.

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  • Collaborate with Chief Development Officer and development team on annual fundraising planning and strategy.
  • Work as part of the team responsible for annual fund strategy and tactics.
  • Draft proposals and reports for funding partners and prospects.
  • Manage grants calendar, including deadlines for requests and reports.
  • Research potential funding foundations and maintain relationships with funders through timely and complete reporting.
  • Conduct prospect research on individuals, corporations, and foundations and other prospective partners.
  • Ensure all donor reporting requirements are met in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Ensure the accurate and timely documentation of foundation solicitations, awards, and stewardship requirements in Tessitura – our donor management system.
  • Support special events as needed with other members of development staff.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • The ability to work in a fast-paced environment in partnership with the staff, board, major donors and volunteers
  • Superior writing and editing skills, with direct proposal and report-writing experience
  • Excellent organizational and research skills
  • An ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and time management skills



  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent professional experience
  • A minimum of 3 years professional development experience with demonstrated fundraising success
  • Ability to write reports, proposals, and other solicitation materials in a clear, concise, and easy-to-read manner
  • Proficiency with all Office Suite software including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Tessitura database (or other fundraising software) experience a plus
  • Position requires evening and weekend obligations during the opera season, including donor cultivation event sand show performances
  • A strong interest in opera, music or the theater desired
  • Ability to sit at a desk for up to and over eight hours per day
  • Ability to communicate using a phone and headset
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds

Please email cover letter and resume with references to, and include Development Manager in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Director of Finance

Reports to: Managing Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Employment Status: Full-Time
Supervisory Requirements:Yes



The Director of Finance will oversee the Finance Department with particular focus on the infrastructure and systems needed to support the strategic objectives for The Atlanta Opera’s financial health. The position will be an active participant in, and driver of, the organization’s overall financial strategy. Partner closely with the Managing Director to ensure the financial goals and obligations of the organization are achieved, documented, audited, and communicated. Responsible for the oversight of administrative and financial systems including financial accounting and reporting, budget planning and management, human resources, information technology, and operations infrastructure. A key member of the company’s senior management team and works closely with the motivated and engaged finance, audit, and investment committees of the board of directors. Lead the finance and administrative staff: Controller, Staff Accountant, Human Resources/Office Manager, and Bookkeeper, as well as the third-party IT contractor.

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Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following duties, in addition to other duties as assigned:


  • Partner with the Managing Director on all operational and strategic issues as they arise; provide strategic recommendations to the Managing Director and General & Artistic Director based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis.
  • Participate in the ongoing strategic planning process as an integral member of the senior management team.
  • Engage senior management team with short- and long-term financial planning goals and projections.
  • Engage the board finance committee, audit committee, and investment committee around the issues, trends, and changes in the financial position of TAO.
  • Develop and maintain documentation for procedures and policies for the finance and administration department.


  • Ensure accurate recording of all financial transactions in accordance with GAAP. General oversight and approval of all general ledger activity including but not limited to activity in: cash, investments, prepaid expenses, fixed assets, accounts payable, accruals, deferred revenue, restricted net assets, contributions, and sales activity.
  • Review and approve all monthly and quarterly account reconciliations, as prepared by the Controller.
  • Review and approve weekly payables and bi-weekly payroll, as prepared by the Controller or Staff Accountant.
  • Review and approve all general journal entries, as prepared by the Controller or Staff Accountant.
  • Review and approve all employee/contractor information returns and quarterly wage filings, as prepared by the Controller or Staff Accountant.
  • Sign checks and authorize direct payments to vendors and employees.
  • In conjunction with the external audit firm, prepare, review, and file annual federal and state income tax returns, serving as the primary contact with the IRS.
  • Manage the yearly audit as the direct liaison with the external auditors, including preparing necessary audit schedules.
  • Primary contact for the Audit Committee on all financial compliance and reporting.

Financial Management:

  • Primary contact for the Finance and Executive Committee on all finance issues.
  • Primary contact for the Investment Committee for the review of the Endowment.
  • Develop and prepare monthly financial statement package that includes detailed analytics of the operational results along with detailed budget variance analysis, for distribution to senior management and the executive committee.
  • Coordinate the planning, compilation, and presentation of the annual budget; maintain all records of progress in relation to the budget.
  • Review monthly variance reports with senior management and ensure budget goals are met.
  • Manage all debt relationships with regards to new borrowing and paydown schedules, primary contact with lenders, assess debt requirements.
  • Forecast monthly, quarterly and annual cash flows, manage funds available to accommodate seasonality and other influences on cash flow.


  • Oversee relationships with various landlords and equipment vendors, negotiate property leases, manage acquisition and maintenance of leased equipment, negotiate and approve equipment leases, maintain obligations under leases in coordination with the daily activities of the Administrative and Human Resources Manager.
  • Manage all operational aspects of Atlanta Opera Center and supervise Human Resources and Office Manager’s daily functions of: property maintenance and repairs, cleaning, supply orders, office space and furniture, IT liaison, etc.
  • Oversee the renewal process for all liability and property insurance policies.
  • Coordinate and manage the Finance and Administration team and their programs.

Human Resources:

  • Oversee the compliance of all human resource functions with appropriate federal and state law through the coordination and management of the Administrative and Human Resources Manager.
  • Review policies and procedures for efficient implementation and compliance over all TAO employees. Coordinate effective processes for the recruitment of other staff, formulation of compensation and salary ranges, performance appraisals and disciplinary matters, and secure personnel records.
  • Oversee the Administrative and Human Resources Manager’s responsibilities with: employee insurance programs; office holidays; worker’s compensation insurance; unemployment claims; participation and implementation of employee development; retirement plan, etc.

Information Technology:

  • Software, Hardware, and Internet: Coordinate all necessary requirements (and budgeted) for the office through the use of a selected third-party vendor and evaluate the performance of the third-party vendor according to contract terms.
  • Oversee the Administrative and Human Resource Manger’s responsibilities over the daily function of IT management onsite and through the third-party IT vendor as it relates to: equipment purchasing and setup; software purchasing and installations; phone technology and setup; file structure and taxonomy.
  • Communicate and support implementation for all technology platforms to TAO staff.


  • Accountability and Honesty
  • Thinking Strategically and Analytically
  • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Conflict management and resolution
  • Problem solving
  • Partnering/Networking: Ability to engage with all stakeholders
  • High tolerance for stress and long workdays
  • Decision Making
  • Establishing Focus
  • Negotiation
  • Delegation and facilitation
  • Managing Risk
  • Ability to influence others
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Flexibility
  • Strong aptitude for change and continual learning


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) and/or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or 10 years of experience in a similar role required.
  • Significant experience in a senior-level position in finance including budget development is required.
  • Significant experience forecasting and managing cash flow is required.
  • Strong understanding of non-profit finance and accounting is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in financial analytics is required.
  • Proficiency and experience with accounting software packages and Microsoft Office Suite is required.
  • Knowledge of opera and industry practices in order to participate fully with planning processes is required.
  • Knowledge of Abila MIP Fund Accounting and Tessitura is preferred.

Please email cover letter and resume with references to, and include Director of Finance in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Costume Shop Foreman

Reports to: Costume Coordinator
FLSA Status: Exempt
Employment Status: Seasonal Full-Time
Supervisory Requirements: Yes


The Costume Shop Manager will support the mission of The Atlanta Opera by supervising the work of the costume shop in the creation of world class opera production on both a grand and intimate scale. The Costume Shop Manager will supervise the work of the costume staff and report to the Costume Coordinator.

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  • Supervise the daily work of the costume shop. Maintains the work flow of built, purchased, rented or pulled costume projects in the shop by monitoring all construction processes; monitoring personnel and resource needs
  • Hire seasonal shop and wardrobe staff and per-production over-hire as necessary
  • Resolve staffing issues by identifying staffing needs; making recommendations for hiring and performance evaluation; training and assessing training gaps of current and new staff
  • Schedule and maintain staff hours, timesheets, and pay roll
  • Manage costume shop seasonal budgets and expense accounts, working closely with the accounting department to comply with all financial policies
  • Schedule and attend all costume fittings to ensure consistency and construction standards
  • Attend all dress rehearsals supporting the work of the Costume Coordinator and Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Maintain inventory and order shop supplies
  • Researching and sourcing supplies, materials and equipment
  • Provide instruction and development for other employees
  • Take on shop projects as needed
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Knowledge of costume history, construction techniques, and fabric
  • Knowledge of draping, cutting, constructing, fitting, and alterations
  • Knowledge of safety standards for costume related equipment, products and tools and their implementation is necessary
  • Basic sewing machine repair and maintenance
  • Excellent computer skills (Excel, Outlook, Word, DropBox)
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, problem solving and management skills
  • Ability to multi-task and execute projects efficiently and according to schedule


  • Bachelor/Bachelor Fine Arts or graduate degree in Costume Technology or Management or equivalent work experience in a professional theatrical costume shop
  • 5 years’ experience in costume technology with demonstrated supervisory experience, quality work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be able to work nights and weekends

Please email cover letter and resume with references to, and include Costume Shop Foreman in the subject line. No phone calls please.


Reports to: Costume Coordinator
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Employment Status: 1 Seasonal Full-Time / hourly
Supervisory Requirements: no

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  • Constructs or alters all assigned costumes according to the instructions
  • Actively participates in a team
  • Researches the period, style, and techniques necessary to complete the costume within the costume designer’s guidelines
  • Maintains the integrity of the costume design
  • Assists Costume Coordinator during fittings


  • Ability to operate shop equipment including industrial and domestic sewing machines, multi-needle and leather sewing machines, steam irons, and cutting tools
  • Hand sewing
  • Ability to listen, take instruction, and participate in a team to complete the builds/alterations
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Works well in a face-paced and high-pressure environment
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds



  • Able to perform a variety of construction and alteration techniques with minimum guidance
  • Demonstrates proficiency hand sewing techniques
  • Knowledge of/and experience in a variety of costume construction techniques including tailoring, period construction techniques, and alterations
  • Demonstrates knowledge in theatrical construction and quick rigging techniques
  • Understanding of period shape and how to adapt it to theatrical costumes
  • Good working knowledge of costume history
  • Ability to collaborate with the costume team to efficiently complete assigned projects

Please email cover letter and resume with references to, and include Stitcher in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Assistant Technical Director

Reports to: Director of Production
FLSA Status: Exempt
Employment Status: Seasonal Full-Time
Supervisory Requirements: Yes

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  • Build, repair, and maintain scenery
  • Repair and maintain shop equipment
  • Maintain a clean, organized, and safe work environment
  • Run a safe, efficient shop
  • Manage a fast-paced work environment
  • Efficiently lead union crews
  • Attend production meetings, tech rehearsals, and performances when required
  • Coordinating load-ins/outs for all venues of sets, lights and sound
  • Act as a Company Safety Officer
  • Technically design new shows including and not limited to:
    • draft a full set of working/shop drawings
    • create assembly guidelines
    • venue ground plans
    • review load-in/out requirements
    • assist in managing trucking needs
  • Attend all technical rehearsals & advise on all stage running operations and all stage running sheets
  • Oversee Set & Equipment Rentals: possibly act as Rental TD for clients; maintain inventory, supervise repair and refurbishment as necessary, provide technical information to clients as necessary
  • Advise on feasibility of rental sets (draft as necessary, review load-in/out requirements, trucking needs, labor needs, modifications for our venues)
  • Collaborate with other departments on necessary projects
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Excellent written and oral communication and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently
  • Excellent computer skills and aptitude, especially using the Microsoft Office Suite, as well as the ability to quickly learn new software programs.
  • Proficient digital drafting (AutoCAD preferred)
  • Experience in managing union crews preferred
  • Ability to work collaboratively within production team and with multiple departments
  • Ability to drive a 26’ Box Truck


  • BA or BFA
  • 2-3 years’ work experience in theatrical production with a demonstrated track record of increased responsibility
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Have valid driver’s license
  • Must perform the functions of the position in a safe manner
  • Position requires evening and weekend obligations during the opera season
  • A strong sense of humor

Please email cover letter and resume with references to, and include Assistant Technical Director in the subject line. No phone calls please.


Supernumeraries are non-speaking, non-singing roles in opera, similar to extras in movies. Casting needs vary per production. The Atlanta Opera accepts supernumerary applications any time of year for all those interested in being a part of an operatic production.

To apply online, please fill out the form below. Once received, we will add your name to our files, and we will contact you if your description fits our casting needs for a production.

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  • Please tell us if you have a beard, mustache, or both.
  • Please list all previous stage experience. If you do not have any, please leave it blank.
  • Please list any special skills (juggling, gymnastics, etc.)
  • Please attach a resume and/or headshot - maximum total file size is 2MB.
    Drop files here or



There are no internships at this time. Please check back for updates.


The gift of your time and expertise is just as valuable as a monetary gift. Last year, Atlanta Opera volunteers contributed more than 6,000 hours. Volunteers help keep costs low and help us fulfill our mission of presenting world-class opera productions, while fostering education about this important art form. The company is so grateful to have such a supportive volunteer team. Their hard work and generosity keeps the beauty and passion of opera alive in Atlanta. Just some of the ways you can volunteer with The Atlanta Opera:

  • Mailings
  • Sell merchandise at Shop Opera
  • Airport transportation
  • Light Walking
  • Final Dress Rehearsal
  • Phone relief/receptionist coverage
  • Archives
  • Filing
  • Special events

For more information about becoming an Atlanta Opera volunteer, please fill out the form below, or contact Rebecca Danis at 404-881-8736 or

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  • Availability

  • Please indicate when you are usually available to volunteer.
  • Employment Status

  • Emergency Contact

  • Demographic Information

    The information below will be held confidentially. Statistics obtained from this information will be used anonymously for grant reporting.
  • Application Agreement

    I certify that the information given stated on this application are true, accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any false statements made by me may be used as a basis for rejection of this application. All volunteers must provide their own transportation. It is the policy of The Atlanta Opera to afford equal opportunity to all volunteers and applicants without regard to age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status or physical disability.