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

Employment Opportunities


Senior Major Gifts Officer

The Position

Boston Lyric Opera seeks an experienced fundraiser with a proven track record of closing four- to six-figure gifts to join its five-person team at this exciting time in the Company’s 42-year history.  You will work with a portfolio of 100-150 committed and passionate existing donors and prospects; target new supporters; and help cultivate the next generation of donors who will be the future stewards of opera in Boston. 

This individual will guide the Board-comprised Orfeo Committee toward enhancing the Company’s robust Orfeo Society, BLO’s core community of supporters.

Additionally, the Senior Major Gifts Officer will spearhead sponsorships and donations for BLO’s annual Gala, and help staff additional events.


We are looking for an individual to wow us with your star power — who appreciates a challenge, demonstrates finesse with relationship management, and has the vision, drive and experience to help build a maturing major gifts program. Your passion and knowledge for the performing arts, opera in particular, will help contribute to your success in this role. Qualified candidates should have the following:

  • 5+ years of major gifts experience in a similar position.
  • The ability to think strategically, be creative and flexible.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient with technology, including experience with fundraising software and/or databases (Tessitura a plus).

This is an events-oriented organization with evening and weekend commitments and the MGO should be excited about actively participating in work at the theatre during production periods and at events throughout the season. 

Competitive compensation and benefits. 

Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Major Gifts Officer, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA  02111-1736 or email recruiting@blo.org.  NO PHONE INQUIRIES, please.

Boston Lyric Opera is an equal opportunity employer.

Artistic Manager

The Position

Boston Lyric Opera seeks candidates for a position providing assistance and support to the Artistic department.  Responsibilities include preparing production budgets, forecasting expenses, preparing and issuing guest artist contracts, and coordinating/preparing payroll and associated hiring paperwork. The Artistic Manager will assist with the administration of union Collective Bargaining Agreements, as well as negotiation of some artist contracts and licensing agreements. This position also maintains artistic databases, issues schedules and contracts to the chorus, serves as the liaison to the Orchestra Personnel Manager, and provides general support for all company events involving artists.

Some night and weekend work will be required at rehearsals, performances, other programs, and events throughout the season. 


  • 2-5 years work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Music, Arts Administration, or Business preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access)
  • Ability to read music
  • Able to lift and carry 40 lbs
  • Knowledge of classical music repertoire is a major plus

Ideal candidates are detail-oriented and possess excellent writing, organizational, interpersonal, and computer skills.  Flexibility, attention to detail, bottom-line orientation and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high pressure, collegial environment are required. 

Exempt position with competitive benefits package.  Excellent opportunity for advancement.  Position starts immediately.

The deadline to apply is December 31, 2018 and we anticipate interviews will occur in early January, 2019. Send resume and cover letter to Artistic Manager Search, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA  02111-1736, or fax to (617) 542-4913, or email to Recruiting@blo.org.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Development Coordinator

The Development Coordinator implements and maintains best practices in Development operations including gift processing, data records, donor acknowledgments, and reporting; maintaining moves management information in Tessitura (CRM); donor and prospect research; and provides general administrative support for the Development team.  


Development Operations

  • Maintain patron information in database and perform routine data cleanups, including duplicate record reporting/updating/merging
  • Perform routine gift and fundraising event reconciliations with Finance.
  • Oversee TNEW setup for Development contributions and donation round-ups, Gala Sponsorships and tickets, and PRIMA memberships in collaboration with Audience Services Manager
  • Provide 990 information to finance
  • Adjust gifts in Tessitura to reconcile with receivables

Moves Management

  • Conduct prospect research for Development team and special events
  • Maintain plans and steps in Tessitura and upload completed research into records.
  • Upload data for Donor Search screening and download and import into Tessitura screening results
  • Generate scheduled and ad hoc campaign reports, including development forecasting and cash reporting
  • Present reports to Development team at bi-weekly Moves Management meetings
  • Generate step reports for gift officers, meeting with them weekly to obtain updates


  • Update necessary system tables to reflect new fiscal years—future receivables to current FY, new GL’s, new future year receivable cutoff date
  • Create new system table codes for contributions, plans, activities, events, etc.
  • Create elevated events with levels and GL’s
  • Manage process of new custom report creation for Development use
  • Create all campaigns, sources and appeals for Development
  • Create output sets for all direct mail, appeals, invitations, renewals and emails
  • Provide quarterly reports for BOD meetings
  • Provide complete donor listings for Program Books and Annual Report

2+ years of experience working in a nonprofit Development position or additional years in a customer service/administrative role. Candidates must have excellent organizational skills, communication skills (written and verbal), attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, problem-solve, and multi-task. High level of proficiency with technology, including Microsoft Office applications and databases.  Experience with Tessitura, a plus. Some evening and weekend work will be required throughout the Season. 

This is a full-time, non-exempt position, overtime eligible. 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: Development Coordinator Search, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111, or email Recruiting@blo.org.  No phone inquiries.

Seasonal Audience Services Associates

The  Audience Services Associates support  the  Audience  Services/Box Office team with sales and ticket operations during the Spring 2019 Season.  These are part-time, seasonal positions that involve some irregular hours including nights and weekends during performance and high volume ticket promotion periods.

Salary: $14/hour


  • Provide sales and customer service support for ticketing operations, which involves single tickets, subscriptions, and group sales, both on the phone and in person.
  • Maintain professional appearance of upfront box office.
  • Data entry and maintenance in Tessitura such as attendance tracking and updating accounts.
  • Provide excellent customer service to BLO patrons at various venues
  • Respond to any/all voicemails left for Audience Services and rerecord greetings to relay information as needed for performances/holidays/etc.
  • Work with the Audience Services team to track Audience Services Cash Box and incoming mail.
  • Other duties as assigned


Excellent written and oral business communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with a variety of constituents and contacts both within the company and outside.  Some evening and weekend work will be required during production periods.  Customer service skills, flexibility, attention to detail, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high pressure, collegial environment are required. 

This is a great opportunity to enter the non-profit industry, and also gain experience with the Tessitura ticketing system.  Knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts, opera in particular, would be valuable.





Boston Lyric Opera is seeking multiple SM interns to support the Stage Management staff.  The internship is an educational opportunity for a current student.  This part time unpaid internship role is offered on a show-by-show basis, and the schedule will be flexible, based on the student’s  availability.  The internship involves at least 20 hours per week, with a mix of daytime and evening hours, as well as weekend availability. Proficiency in reading sheet music is required and familiarity with foreign languages (i.e. Italian, German, etc.) is preferred.

We employ a professional Stage Management team consisting of a calling Stage Manager, two ASM’s and an Assistant Director, as well as a Production Assistant.

The SM intern will work alongside the stage management team, providing support during rehearsals through the opening of a production. Duties will include room setups, running lines and notating line notes with singers/performers, standing in for blocking notes when actors/singers are not present, being on headset and general assistance during tech, and other duties as assigned by the SM and ASMs.

The production schedule for the 2018-2019 season is as follows:


Rehearsals: February 18, 2019 to March 4, 2019

Tech Week: March 5, 2019 to March 10, 2019
Opening Performance: March 11, 2019

Compensation:  A travel stipend

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to (alabykina@blo.org)  with SM INTERN in subject line. The position is opened until filled.


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.