Job Opportunities

Founded in 1965, San Diego Opera is a highly regarded member of the international opera community and an invaluable cultural resource to the San Diego region. The mission of San Diego Opera is to deliver exceptional performances and exciting, accessible programs to diverse audiences, focusing on community partnerships and the transformative and expressive power of the human voice. The company’s vision is to be recognized globally as a leading example of adaptability, innovation, and sustainability, promoting diversity on stage, in our repertoire, and in our staff and leadership, with a commitment to world-class and emerging talent, and innovative use of technology.

Director of Learning and Engagement

The Director of Learning and Engagement is responsible for the design and implementation of San Diego Opera’s initiatives for people of all ages to learn about and engage with opera. Reporting to the General Director, this new executive staff position creates programs that invite multi-generational community members to become involved and participate in opera, builds equitable partnerships that foster and deepen relationships and sparks excitement about opera in all its styles and forms.

The Director of Learning and Engagement will collaborate closely with the Artistic, Production, Marketing and Communications, and Philanthropy departments; supervise a team of teaching artists; manage the volunteer function of the company and multiple civic and community partnerships; and participate in arts education advocacy.

Salary range $90,000 – $100,000 plus benefits.

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to: Hiring Manager at No phone calls, please.

Institutional Giving Director

San Diego Opera seeks an Institutional Giving Director to create and implement fundraising strategies to sustain and expand institutional support for San Diego Opera. Reporting to the Chief Philanthropy Officer and working in collaboration with the General Director, Director of Finance, and other staff members, the Institutional Giving Manager is responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate, foundation, and government donors and prospects and for writing timely submission of grant proposals and reports. The selected candidate will have a proven track record in writing foundation and corporate grants and in establishing relationships with government entities. We seek candidates with three years of progressive development experience, with increased responsibilities, preferably in an arts organization. Passion for and commitment to opera as an art form is required. Full-time position with benefits.

Salary range: $75,000 – $85,000. Position available July 1, 2024. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to: Llewellyn Crain, Chief Philanthropy Officer (she/her), at No phone calls, please.


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Chorus photos by Karli Cadel

Chorus Auditions for the 2024-2025 Season

The San Diego Opera Chorus is considered to be one of the outstanding opera choruses in the United States.

San Diego Opera will hold auditions for the 2024-2025 season. Professional singers residing in Southern California with training and experience in operatic literature and performance are encouraged to apply.
Each production of the season is cast individually.
The Chorus is strictly part-time (evenings and weekends).

Audition Schedule

Wednesday, May 1,2024 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Friday, May 3, 2024 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Saturday, May 4, 2024 10:00am – 2:00pm

Callbacks for Solo Bits, Chorus Bits

Saturday, May 4, 2024 3:00pm – 5:00pm

How to apply:
Complete the online application including the upload of Headshot & Current Performance Résumé.

For any questions regarding the application process, please email:

If you are granted an audition:

Please arrive in advance of your selected audition time.
You must provide the pianist with double sided copies of your music in a three-ring binder
You will be asked to sight read one or two short musical excerpts, and sight read a short textual passage in Italian.
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the ability to provide documentation of legal authorization to work in the United States. The Company is unable to sponsor visas for non-US citizens.

Any singer who is not already a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists will be required to join upon accepting an offer of employment. Contracts will be issued per the terms of the applicable agreement between San Diego Opera and the American Guild of Musical Artists.


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