Opera Apprenticeships | Wolf Trap

Opera Apprenticeships

Opera Apprenticeships

Summer apprenticeship applications are due March 1.

All productions are performed in original language with full orchestra and are professionally conducted, directed, and designed. Opera apprentices must have their own transportation and be willing to work the long hours that a production schedule requires. Wolf Trap Opera is pleased to offer apprentices housing in the home of an approved Housing Host or at George Mason University.

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Available Opera Apprenticeships:

Artistic Administration
Assist Wolf Trap Opera & Classical Programming in the daily operations of the department, which includes:

  • The coordination and distribution of daily schedules 
  • Tracking Artist and VIP ticket requests and guest lists 
  • Creating supertitle PowerPoint files and cueing score for each show
  • Compiling and editing program materials and text booklets 
  • Working with the Development and Special Events departments on donor receptions and opening night cast parties
  • Bachelor's degree completed or in progress in opera or classical music administration
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, database management)
  • Strong organizational & communication skills
  • Previous experience with a performing arts organization strongly recommended

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Assist Wolf Trap Opera & Classical Programming in promoting the Opera season to the public, which includes:

  • Creating video trailers for each Opera production to be used as marketing materials
  • Generating social media content
  • Working with the PR department to coordinate artist interviews & public appearances
  • Filming archive footage of all Opera performances
  • Experience with video equipment and editing software required
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Photoshop, Premiere, InDesign, Publisher)
  • Strong organizational & communication skills
  • Familiarity with theatre and classical music recommended

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Stage Management
Function as an Assistant Stage Manager for Opera productions at The Barns at Wolf Trap and the Filene Center, which includes:

  • Generating prop and costume running paperwork for the shows to which you are assigned (may be asked for samples)
  • Managing rehearsals in conjunction with the rest of the production team
  • Assisting on the run-crew for each performance
  • Stage managing ancillary projects (scenes program, recitals, outreach, etc.)
  • Must already have experience on a stage management team
  • Interest in pursuing a career in opera stage management
  • Ability to read music
  • Knowledge of or experience in opera highly desirable

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NOTE: The above positions follow the Opera company summer schedule and work on a 6 day/week schedule (one day off that varies from week to week; standard production schedule)

Technical Theatre
Expand your experience in technical theatre and learn from the experts. Work side-by-side with professional designers, carpenters, electricians, and technicians to produce scenery for multiple operas.

  • Prior scene shop or equivalent experience
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Scene Painting

Learn basic and advanced scene painting and finishing techniques from professional scenic artists. Apprentices will work alongside our scenic artists to finish professional scenery for fully produced shows.

  • Prior scene painting or equivalent experience
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Props Assistant

Provide assistance to the Props Master and learn the art of crafting, building, and acquiring all the necessary hand and furniture props needed in fully produced professional shows.

  • Prior stage properties or equivalent experience

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Work directly with Wolf Trap Opera’s Costume Shop Manager, Costume Designer, and professional stitchers in costume construction, wardrobe maintenance, and dressing.

  • Prior costume shop or equivalent experience

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Wigs & Make up
Work directly with Wolf Trap Opera’s Wig & Make Up Designer, Crafts Designer and professional artists in craft construction, wig & make up maintenance and application, and backstage as an integral part of the wig & make up team during all mainstage shows.

  • Prior wig & make up/crafts experience or equivalent experience

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Technical Theatre, Scene Painting, Props Assistant, Costuming, and Wigs & Make Up Apprentices also become the run-crew for all performances at The Barns at Wolf Trap.

Select the position you are interested in applying for and click the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of the position description to apply online. If applying for more than one internship (up to three allowed), you must submit separate applications for each position.

You must complete the entire online application to be considered for an internship. Below is what is required in the online application:

  • Cover letter with brief personal statement, outline of career goals, and specification of departmental apprenticeship(s) for which you’re applying. If applying for more than 1 apprenticeship (up to 3 allowed), do not submit different applications for each—just specify top choices. 
  • Resume listing relevant courses, previous experience, and special skills. No transcripts please.
  • 2 academic and/or professional references. Please include phone number and email.


  • Hiring supervisors will review applications and invite select candidates to interview.
  • Interviews may take place in person, or by phone or Skype. 
  • All applicants should receive information on the status of their application about 1 month after the application deadline. 
  • Make sure internships@wolftrap.org is added to your contact or safe email list. 


Call 703.937.6304 or 1.800.404.8461 or email internships@wolftrap.org

The Wolf Trap Internship Program is funded in part by the Rubenstein Next Generation Initiative, ExxonMobil Corporation, The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Something Different Contracting, and Anonymous Foundation. Funding for the Diversity Initiatives has been provided by the Anthony and Beatrice Welters Family.