Employment 2017-04-07T09:09:30+00:00


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


Executive Assistant to the General & Artistic Director

Boston Lyric Opera seeks a poised and professional candidate to provide administrative support to the General Director and to act as principal liaison between the General Director and all other internal and external constituencies, including company departments, Board and other donors, subscribers, other opera companies and cultural institutions, and the community at large.  This position manages Board information and scheduling and supports various activities of the Development Department, including nights and weekends as needed.  The position reports to the General & Artistic Director.
Qualifications: Requires three to five years in nonprofit administration or other related experience at an equivalent level.  Excellent written and oral business communication skills; ability to understand and respond to shifting priorities and needs, and to communicate effectively with a variety of constituents and contacts both within the company and outside.  Some evening and weekend work will be required at the theatre during production periods and at events throughout the season. 
Knowledge of Microsoft desktop applications.  Special consideration will be given to candidates with demonstrated history of success in similar position.  Flexibility, attention to detail, bottom-line orientation and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high pressure, collegial environment are required.  Knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts, opera in particular, would be valuable.
Competitive compensation; opportunity for advancement within the Company. 
Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Executive Assistant Search, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA  02111-1736, or fax to (617) 542-4913, or email recruiting@blo.org.  NO PHONE INQUIRIES PLEASE.

Education & Community Engagement Intern

Boston Lyric Opera seeks an Education and Community Engagement Intern for Summer 2017. BLO’s Community Engagement initiatives include school-based partnership programs as well as partnerships and programming in the greater Boston community. Internship projects will be focused in program management, non-profit arts administration, social research program assessment, dramaturgy, and/or curriculum development. Projects and duties will be tailored to fit individual student’s educational goals as they align with the mission of BLO’s Community Engagement Department. This is a part-time internship, up to 15 hours per week, on a schedule agreed upon with the Director of Community Engagement and the Manager of Education Programs. This is a dynamic opportunity to collaborate and be mentored by BLO staff, gain experiences to strengthen a resume, and create content to build a portfolio.


  • Assist with program assessment and evaluation based on recently collected data.
  • Assist with planning for the 2017-18 Season of school, youth, and family programming including:
    • BLO’s Create Your Own Opera Partnership program supporting schools implementing Music! Words! Opera!, an national arts-integrated curriculum
    • Student Dress Rehearsal Program
  • Assist in researching and planning Community Engagement initiatives for the 2017-18 Season and beyond.
  • Conduct dramaturgical research and develop educational articles and materials based on the operas and artistic works featured in the 2017-18 Season.
  • Staff and support Community Engagement summer outreach events, including BLO’s annual workshop for educators who participate in our school partnership program.
  • Provide general administrative support for the Community Engagement department.


  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a strong interest in arts administration, community arts education, arts education research or similar field of study.
  • Experience in education, social research, community engagement, and/or program assessment preferred.
  • Knowledge of arts education, community engagement and creative youth development.
  • Knowledge of classical music, theatre, and opera specifically is very helpful.
  • Must be computer literate with working knowledge of MS Office.
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Creative independent thinker, self-motivated learner, and excellent collaborator.

Unpaid internship; T-pass reimbursement offered in appreciation for services rendered.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, résumé, and 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.

Founded in 1976, Boston Lyric Opera is recognized for its artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences and feature emerging operatic talent. BLO’s programs are funded, in part, by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Boston Lyric Opera is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, candidates of color, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.