Employment 2017-06-13T13:04:07+00:00


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


Production Coordinator

Boston Lyric Opera seeks a Production Coordinator who will join the Production Department for the 2017-18 Season. Reporting to the Production and Technical Director, the Production Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination and organization of production activity during the 9-month production season. S/he will focus primarily on the current production in rehearsal and performance.  S/he will provide creative solutions to production problems that are within the scope of budgetary, labor, and schedule parameters set forth. An ideal candidate will work well independently, be detail oriented, organized and even tempered.

The 2017-18 BLO season includes 2 full scale new productions staged at various venues around Boston, and 2 site-specific Annex productions. Full time seasonal position, start date August 14th.  Competitive salary with benefits.  To apply, please email letter and resume to jjohnsonbrock@blo.org, addressed to Jessica Johnson Brock, Production Operations Manager, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston MA 02111. Apply at your earliest convenience, but no later than June 23, 2017.  NO PHONE INQUIRIES PLEASE.


 Stage Manager (AGMA)

Boston Lyric Opera has an immediate opening for a Stage Manager (SM) for the 2017-2018 annex production The Nefarious, Immoral, but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke and Mr. Hare. Dates for this contract are: September 6-8, 2017 and October 6-November 12, 2017. The SM will manage the staging staff and interact with other departments. Duties include assisting the Stage Director and Conductor with organizing and running of all staging, musical, and technical rehearsals. The SM will lead in the creation of running sheets, and production paperwork, including the preparation of the calling score, and coordinate and call all cues during technical rehearsals and performances. The SM will supervise two Assistant Stage Managers.


  • Ability to read music.
  • Ability to read technical drawings.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 4 years experience in a professional opera setting.
  • Must be computer literate with working knowledge of MS Office.
  • Experience working in a union setting, preferably AGMA, AFM, and IATSE.
  • Excellent management, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Ability to manage a large workload over a short period of time.

Boston Lyric Opera is a signatory of an Opera Agreement with AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists). The applicant must be a member of or willing to join AGMA. Salary is based on negotiated rates in the collective bargaining agreement.

Send cover letter, resume, and references at your earliest convenience, but no later than July 1, 2017 to Jessica Johnson Brock, Production Operations Manager, jjohnsonbrock@blo.org.  NO PHONE INQUIRIES PLEASE.

Production Administrative Assistant

Boston Lyric Opera seeks candidates to support production operations and administration. This Part-time position reports to the Production and Technical Director.

The Production Administrative Assistant provides administrative support to the Production and Technical Director, including direct calendar management, travel arrangements, etc. Additionally s/he supports the Production Department by managing the company’s master schedule as well as departmental calendars; assisting with expense tracking and data entry; proofreading administrative documents; maintaining production archival material; and performing general administrative and office support activities.

The successful candidate will be a detail-oriented and highly organized team player. This individual will have skills in grammar and writing, data entry, and organization. The ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects is essential. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office. Must have the ability to adjust to a fluctuating schedule, including occasional work on weekends and evenings.

Non-exempt position with part time schedule of 30-40 hours per week during the production season and approximately 10 hours per week in the off season. Boston Lyric Opera is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please email letter and resume to jjohnsonbrock@blo.org, addressed to Jessica Johnson Brock, Production Operations Manager, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston MA 02111. Apply at your earliest convenience, but no later than July 6, 2017. NO PHONE INQUIRIES PLEASE.


Senior Accountant

Boston Lyric Opera seeks candidates for the role of Senior Accountant. A new role reporting to the Director of Finance & Administration, the Senior Accountant will assist with managing accounts payable, administering payroll and associated employee contracts, benefits programs, and tax filings. S/he will also liaise with the auditors, conduct analyses associated with financial payments, budget, and work closely with other department members to insure high quality financial operations.


  • Assists with managing and processing accounts payable. Acts as a point of contact with Auditors for Accounts payable and other expenses. Prepares work papers, reports, and documents for year-end audit as needed; creates adjusting journal entries as needed.
  • Acts as back-up to process ADP payroll, providing primary coverage when needed. Maintains and updates employee information; enters and verifies biweekly and production payrolls; verifies annual W-2 reporting; completes U.S. Department of Labor and state new hire reports.
  • Processes contract payrolls (including state performer withholding taxes), and helps prepare annual 1099 reporting, foreign employee payroll (including withholding deposits as per tax treaties) and annual 1042 reporting.
  • Assists Finance manager with administering employee benefit programs including accrued leave, medical, dental, disability/life contracts, T-Passes, and unemployment self-insurance and workers compensation.
  • BLO’s self insures unemployment benefits. Administration of unemployment claims and benefits, including regular monitoring of bills and liability. Primary liaison to Massachusetts Department of Unemployment.
  • Coordinates employee benefits information sessions for all employees. Implements on-line employee benefits administration opportunities.
  • Assists Director of Finance with administration of 401(k) plan, including preparation and review of annual Form 5500, as prepared by trustee, before filing with IRS.
  • Manages the Massachusetts DUA Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure filings.
  • Acts as liaison for theatrical employee unions on benefit withholdings and transmissions.
  • Assists Director of Finance with cost and variance expense analysis and other projects.


2 to 3 years of accounting experience, B.A./B.S. in accounting or finance; CPA preferred.  Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, problem-solve, and multi-task. High level of proficiency with technology and experience with general ledger software. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. 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: Competitive and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and opportunity for advancement.

Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: Sr. Accountant Search, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111, or email recruiting@blo.org. NO PHONE INQUIRIES PLEASE.

Apply by: July 15, 2017


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. 
 Email resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to KCDamaskos@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.