Opera lovers wanted: join us.

To learn more about opportunities to get involved with our reimagined festival, check back here or contact llehman@pittsburghfestivalopera.org.

Be a Housing Host

Each summer, talented Young Artists and seasoned performers alike join us from around the country and across the world for a month of training, masterclasses and performances. Can you open your home to one of 18 young professional artists for any period during June or July this summer? The artists, generally ranging in age from 22 to 32, are graduates of some of the finest university programs and conservatories, just preparing to launch their professional opera careers. Only lodging is required as meals and transportation are provided. It’s an experience of a lifetime – for the artists and the hosts – and includes complimentary tickets and invitations to special events.


The festival is for and by the people. Please join us as an usher, office staff, outreach volunteer, box office helper and any one of the important roles that volunteers take on to make the festival sing. Learn more with Lindsay Lehman at 412.621.1499 or to llehman@pittsburghfestivalopera.org


Experience the world of a repertory opera company! Join us for Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s Summer Season as we produce over 22 performances across six weeks in multiple venues around Pittsburgh. Work with top professionals in the industry in your field of interest.

Internships are important to Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Applicants can apply to specialized internships in two major departments: Administration and Production. Applicants must be at least 18 years old at start of internship to be considered. Limited free housing may be available during the internship period of residence, and each intern is responsible for his/her own food and transportation to and from Pittsburgh. Interns are strongly encouraged to bring their own cars. A very limited number of internships are available for high school students age 16 and up. Pittsburgh Festival Opera encourages interns to get involved with the social aspects of the Summer Season—company opening and closing parties, production opening night parties, and special events.

Please email llehman@pittsburghfestivalopera.org with any questions.

Administrative Internships General Information

The following qualifications are important for all administrative positions:

  • A passion for the arts.
  • Ability to be self-directed but also able to work as a member of a team.
  • Excellent time management and multi-tasking skills.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills; the ability to project a professional demeanor with external constituents, especially at critical or challenging times.
  • Good basic knowledge of computer equipment and programs.
  • Able to attend performances and social events as necessary (weekday evenings and weekends).
  • A car is helpful.


Assists Artistic Administrator with copying, filing, data entry, artist management, housing, transportation, and schedule management. Works closely with artistic and administrative staff to schedule rehearsals and other events. Must possess sound judgment, initiative, excellent organizational and communication skills, and the ability to remain composed under pressure. Writing and computer skills required. Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds. Some knowledge of music, opera, and rehearsal procedure desirable.


Assists Box Office Manager with day-to-day operations of the box office and front of house activities; acts as a company representative and reference for patrons. Applicants should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Work occurs during business hours, as well as evening and weekend events as scheduled, including all Pittsburgh Festival Opera performances. Must have ability to quickly learn the Vendini database software and assist when needed with extra activities such as dressing of the lobby, cabaret, and bar space. Must be willing to assist with external signage, special events, other patron-centered activities as needed. Computer skills and ability to work under pressure required.


Intern will work with the Director of Institutional Advancement to strategically plan and implement donor-centric events and ongoing patron engagement strategies. Intern will be responsible for generating acknowledgement letters and analyzing donor trends and event ROI. Intern will assist with patron database updates and operations of the box office, and act as a company representative and reference for patrons on phone. Intern may also assist with grant management, research, and donor cultivation activities, and compile data and ancillary materials as needed for grant requests. Applicants should have excellent written and communication skills. Work generally occurs during business hours and some evening/weekend events as scheduled.

Production Internships General Information

Paid interns in the Production realm experience practical work designed to foster professional growth. Interns will also work directly with the expert professionals who serve as our department heads. Interns are engaged for a period of five–ten weeks, with some positions beginning in late May. Self-provided transportation is an advantage, and a flexible schedule is necessary for some internship tracks. Some experience at a university level in area of specialty is necessary. All interns may, on occasion, be asked to assist colleagues in technical areas other that their specialty—a team-oriented attitude is essential.


Assists Technical Director and set designers in all areas of construction, load-in, rigging, running, changeover, and striking of sets and scenery for 3 mainstage shows and smaller events. Other duties as assigned. May participate in run crew. Welding experience desirable. Must have a valid driver’s license. These interns work with Technical Director [TBA].


Works closely with the Head of Costumes and costume designers. Assists with costume construction, fittings, obtaining costume pieces, shoe painting, repairs, and dressing for 4 mainstage shows and smaller events. Helps with costume inventory and labeling. Takes notes during tech and opening nights and participates in run crew. Design opportunities may also be available by agreement for the Young Artist scenes programs.


Assists with installing, circuiting, and focusing theatrical lighting plots, performs daily changeovers, participates in run crew (spot and board) and strike, and other duties as assigned. Requires an interest in theater and thorough experience with stage electrics. Some design and assistant design opportunities may be available. Must be comfortable on tall ladders and lifts.  Sound engineering experience also desirable, but not required. These positions are supervised by Bob and Madeleine Steineck, and have over 35 years of lighting experience between them.


Assists Hair/Make-up Designer with fittings, setting and organizing wigs, and implementing make-up designs for performances. Collaborates with costume department as needed. May involve significant design opportunities. Knowledge of and interest in opera desirable.


Assists stage managers with rehearsals and schedules, works backstage during technical/dress rehearsals and performances, and other duties as assigned. Intern will run rehearsals in the absence of the stage manager and collaborate significantly with other production departments. May involve calling opportunities for the intern with the right experience.

Part-time high school summer internships General Information

Part-time high school summer internships are available in the following areas:

  • Costumes/Dressing
  • Technical: Carpentry, Electrics
  • Events/Parking/Hospitality
  • Hair/Makeup

High school students wishing to intern with Pittsburgh Festival Opera must be at least 16 years of age, have reliable transportation, and have an interest in theater arts/music. Those interested should apply via the application and contact Associate Artistic Director Lindsay Lehman at llehman@pittsburghfestivalopera.org with any questions.

Equal Employment Opportunities Statement
Pittsburgh Festival Opera (PFO) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PFO complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company works. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.