Employment / Volunteer

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Open internships, volunteer opportunities, regular full-time positions, and part-time positions.
Boston Lyric Opera is an equal opportunity employer.

Open Positions:


Patron Services Associate

Boston Lyric Opera seeks candidates to fill the role of Patron Services Associate, an integral member of the Major Gifts Team within BLO’s External Relations department. S/he will act as primary liaison to Orfeo Society members, including VIP ticketing, benefits, and recognition; assist with pre-event and day-of-event activities, including guest briefings and registration lists: and provide general administrative support for the department. S/he will provide back-up support for daily gift entry, tracking, reporting, and acknowledgement of contributed revenue. This exempt position reports to the Director of Major Gifts.

1-2 years of customer service and administrative experience in nonprofit development or other related experience at an equivalent level. Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, problem-solve, and multi-task. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. High level of proficiency with technology, including Microsoft desktop applications and database, preferred. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Some evening and weekend work required at the theatre and events throughout the season. Knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts would be valuable. Special consideration will be given to candidates with demonstrated history of success in similar position.

Salary range competitive and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and opportunity for advancement. Boston Lyric Opera is an equal opportunity employer.

Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: Patron Services Associate Search, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111, or email Recruiting@blo.org. No phone inquiries.

Office Associate

Boston Lyric Opera seeks an Office Associate to support office operations and audience services, including front desk/reception, space and technology. Reporting to the Director of Finance and Administration, responsibilities include maintaining high customer service standards for all visitors and callers, coordinating office equipment and supply needs, serving as liaison with building management, overseeing general office operational needs and coordinating the company’s volunteer program. Some night and weekend work will be required at the theatre during production periods and at events throughout the season. This position is exempt.

1-2 years of office administration experience. Successful candidates will have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Dependable and even-keeled. Attention to detail, flexibility, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high pressure, multi-tasking environment are also required. Experience with Microsoft platform, including Word, Outlook, and Excel.
Interest in the arts, especially opera, is highly desirable.

Position available immediately. Advancement opportunities and excellent benefits.

Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Office Associate Search, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111, fax 617.542.4913, or e-mail to recruiting@blo.org NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Finance Intern

Boston Lyric Opera seeks an intern to assist during its calendar year-end, that may extend into the upcoming audit season. The Intern will work closely with the Director of Finance, Accounting and Finance Managers, up to 20 hours per week on a varying, mutually agreed upon schedule. This is an excellent opportunity for a business student looking to add audit and financial statement experience, non for profit accounting to his/her resume.

Finance & Audit Intern will:

  1. Compile financial statements and metrics to be shared with Board members and funders of BLO programs.
  2. Participate in the analysis and review of general ledger accounts.
  3. Assist with organizing and preparing materials for the year-end tax season and audit


  • The ideal candidate will be pursuing a career in audit, financial analysis or financial management, with a strong knowledge of Accounting and Financial Analysis concepts.
  • Strong Spreadsheet experience.
  • Must be comfortable working in diverse environments and be able to interact professionally with other BLO staff and external auditors
  • Excellent attention to detail, time management and organizational skills. Self‐initiator.

Unpaid internship: Complimentary dress rehearsal passes for the 2015/2016 Season and T-pass reimbursement offered in appreciation for services rendered. Course credit available.

Email cover letter, résumé, references to Karen Frost, Director of Finance, kfrost@blo.org.


Production Intern

Boston Lyric Opera seeks an Intern on a short-term basis to assist the Production Department. BLO’s Production Team is working to systematically file and categorize photos, videos, and documents from previous seasons. The Intern will work with the Production Administration Assistant in digitizing and compiling past season information in an external hard drive that can then be easily navigated for future planning and research. This is a project based internship and a good opportunity for a student interested in gaining experience in arts administration.


The Intern will:

  1. Compile and organize photos from previous seasons.
  2. Organize, scan, and digitize archival documents.
  3. Compile and digitize archival videos.
  4. Organize all material consistently.


  • Ability to self motivate and pay careful attention to detail
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Comfort working independently, with general guidance provided by the Production Administration Assistant
  • No experience in Production is necessary, but experience in opera or arts administration is preferred

Unpaid internship: Complimentary dress rehearsal passes for the 2015/2016 Season. Copier, Scanner, and computer access provided for the duration of the internship while in the office.

Email cover letter, résumé, and references to Lindsay Conrad, Production Administration Assistant, lconrad@blo.org.


Community & Communications Intern

Boston Lyric Opera seeks a Community & Communications Intern for the 2015/16 Season. This internship will support both the Community Engagement and the Communications department in their efforts to reach, engage, and develop audience members of all ages. Internship projects will be assigned by the Manager of Community Engagement and the Manager of Marketing & Communications, approximately 15 hours per week, on a varying, mutually agreed-upon schedule through the 2015/16 BLO Season (through approximately mid-late May 2016). Availability for occasional evening and weekend events preferred. Build your portfolio with work and writing samples and enhance your arts/non-profit experience with New England’s largest opera company.


  1. Assist with the facilitation of all school, youth, and family programming, including Music! Words! Opera!, alongside BLO staff and teaching artists.
  2. Assist with the Final Dress Rehearsal program at BLO for high school and college groups, including high school study guide development and rehearsal pass distribution to constituents.
  3. Development, writing, and execution of social media campaigns and content for BLO’s Facebook, Twitter, blog, and Instagram presences.
  4. Assist with development and distribution of marketing campaigns and collateral for BLO productions and for ancillary events, including creating marketing copy for print and online outlets, maintaining calendars and media archives, and distributing marketing and collateral materials.
  5. Provide staff coverage at events and complete other duties as assigned.


  • Undergrad or graduate student with writing, arts administration, and/or journalism coursework preferred.
  • Knowledge of classical music, theatre, and specifically, opera, a big plus.
  • Must be computer literate with working knowledge of MS Office.
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and communication skills. Creative, independent thinking a plus.

Unpaid internship: Complimentary dress rehearsal passes for the 2015/2016 Season and T-pass reimbursement offered in appreciation for services rendered. Course credit available.

Send cover letter, résumé, and two references to Lacey Upton, Director of Community Engagement, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111, fax to 617.542.4913, or email lupton@blo.org. NO PHONE INQUIRIES PLEASE.

Volunteer Opportunities

Boston Lyric Opera offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Ongoing as well as project assistance is needed in numerous areas including office operations, education and community programs, marketing, development, and artistic/production departments plus special events and activities. Volunteers with daytime availability and computer skills are particularly in demand. If you’ve got time, we’ve got the job for you!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Juan Rodriguez at 617.542.4912 x221 or jrodriguez@blo.org.