San Diego Opera is seeking a full time Technical Director with the intention of a late summer/early fall 2018 start date. San Diego Opera’s season consists of three mainstage productions in a 2800 seat theatre as well as two to three non-mainstage productions/concerts in smaller venues ranging from 500-1500 seats.
Technical Director oversees all technical aspects of producing the season including necessary scenery building, stage operations, and supervising stagehand crews and Assistant Lighting Designer. Technical Director is responsible for advising whether potential rental scenery “fits” into theatre and advises on the suitability of possible “new” venues.

Technical Director participates in scenery rental process. This may include supervisory travel.

The successful candidate should exhibit experience with theatre safety, hiring and supervising stagehand crews, collaborating with creative teams as well as other departments. Strong skills are required in budgeting and fiscal management, AutoCAD/Vectorworks, automation, as well as operations and personnel management. Opera technical experience is highly desired.

Pay is salaried with benefits including health, dental, vision, and paid vacation. San Diego Opera is not for profit company with a $9.5M annual budget.
All qualified individuals are invited to apply. Interested parties should send letter, resume, and references to


Deadline to Apply: Monday, October 1, 2018
Live Auditions: Saturday, October 6th (Round 1) // Sunday, October 14th (Round 2)

Description: San Diego Opera (SDO) is looking for exceptional singers, both young professionals and those at the collegiate level, for a Young Artist Training Program. Participating artists will receive musical and dramatic coaching and scene and role preparation, and have the opportunity to perform in SDO's Community Engagement concert series: Opera Exposed!

The Young Artist Training Program consists of two (2) sub programs:
1. Apprentice Artist Program: Training program for young professional singers with great potential who are career oriented, have considerable performance experience, and have typically completed their undergraduate or graduate academic studies. Must be a resident of San Diego, age 21-32.

Opportunities for singers in the Apprentice Artist Program include:
  • Perform and coach repertoire for Opera Exposed! (SDO’s Community Engagement concert series)**
  • Honorarium for each Opera Exposed! participation.
  • Master classes by SDO Main Stage and/or Detour artists.
  • Possible role study for main stage productions upon approval of General Director.
  • Other possible paid performances related to SDO.
  • 2 comp tickets to all SDO productions.
2. University Partnership Program: Training program designed for exceptionally promising and motivated undergraduate singers enrolled in universities and colleges in the San Diego area. Participating artists must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at a SD area college or university. Opportunities for singers in University Partnership Program include:
  • Opportunity to perform and coach repertoire for Opera Exposed! (SDO’s Community Engagement concert series)**
  • Other possible performances related to SDO
  • 2 comp tickets to all SDO productions.
**Number of concerts will be determined by artist’s availability and programming.

Prescreening: Please send a resume along with links to video recordings of two (2) arias to YouTube private link preferred. Deadline: October 1, 2018
LIVE Auditions: Selected artists will be invited for a live audition and asked to prepare the following:
1. Apprentice Artists: Selection of four (4) arias in at least two (2) languages
2. University Singers: Two (2) arias in any language
Selections must be memorized
Pianist will be provided

1st Round: Saturday, October 6, SDO downtown office
Singers will be expected to sing at least one aria and work with Ines Irawati in a short coaching session.

2nd Round: Sunday, October 14, SDO downtown office
Singers will perform for David Bennett (General Director of SDO) and Ines Irawati (Director of SDO YATP).

Ines Irawati Music/Artistic Director of San Diego Opera Young Artist Training Program
Director of Opera Exposed! Concert Series