Long Beach Opera 2021

Employment Listings at LBO


Long Beach Opera seeks a bold, visionary leader to serve as its next Artistic Director. The ideal candidate will be someone who is interested in exploring and pushing the boundaries of opera within the model of a traditional opera presenting company. Long Beach Opera (LBO) seeks a candidate with a wealth of knowledge about the field and repertory of opera and a thirst to explore how opera as an art form can grow and change by creating equity and inclusivity for future opera audiences. LBO seeks a candidate who has a bold vision, a commitment to artistic excellence, an inspiring presence, and a collaborative spirit.


Founded in 1979, the Long Beach Opera is the oldest operatic producing company in the metropolitan Los Angeles/Orange County region. With a repertory of over 100 operas, including early and late Baroque works, twentieth century works, and operas of special interest from the standard repertory, Long Beach Opera is well known for its world, American and west coast premieres of new and rare operas.

Long Beach Opera's history demonstrates that its essential purpose is the advancement of the frontiers of opera, in repertory and in production style. Our artistic vision is to present unconventional works - repertoire which is neglected by other, more mainstream opera companies - ranging from the very beginnings of opera to modern, avant-garde works, emphasizing their theatrical and musical relevance to our time.

Long Beach Opera’s mission is engaging people through provocative meaningful experiences that
challenge, connect and inspire.


Reporting Relationships

The Artistic Director reports to the Executive Director, and works regularly with the Executive Director and Director of Production to implement the opera season. The AD also collaborates with the Executive Director to implement the strategic direction of LBO, and with the Director of Development to cultivate donor relations.



  • OPERA SEASON PLANNING: Work collaboratively with the Executive Director to plan the programming for opera seasons. Seasons should be planned and adjusted 3-5 years in advance, with flexibility to adapt to changing budgetary requirements.
  • PROGRAMMING: Work collaboratively with the Executive Director and Artistic Administrator to finalize all programming including artist selection, invited composers and special guests, and any additional artistic elements (Engagement events, pre-opera lectures, program booklets) taking place in conjunction with the opera season.
  • OPERA SEASON: Retain a residence in Southern California in advance of and during the opera season for a pre-determined amount of time (to be agreed upon via individual contract), to work closely with Executive Director, Director of Production, development staff, artists, and other staff to ensure a successful outcome of season, and to participate in donor cultivation, stewardship and marketing activities. Participate in pre-opera lectures when appropriate.
  • ARTISTIC STAFF: Serve as a member of the artistic team when appropriate (i.e. Director, Conductor, Performer etc).


  • BUDGET: Work with Executive Director and Production Director to finalize production budget for Board approval based on preliminary projections.
  • PROJECTIONS: Provide preliminary budget information for Opera seasons at least one to three years in advance to the staff and Finance Committee, so that budgetary ramifications (artistic, operations, ticket sales, personnel, fundraising, etc.) can be discussed and possible adjustments made to artistic plans as needed before final commitments are made.
  • CO-PRODUCTIONS: Initiate negotiations for potential collaborations (including shared expenses, travel, schedules and special considerations) with other opera companies for Executive Director to finalize and Board officer to ratify if necessary.


  • FUNDRAISING: Proactively support and assist in the planning of LBO's fundraising efforts by working with staff and board to identify and introduce potential donors to LBO, as well as to continue stewardship of existing donors. Attend within reason various fundraising events and donor meetings that may be scheduled during the Opera season and throughout the year. This may include assisting with any artistic elements involved in such events.
  • BOARD: Work with staff and leadership to cultivate existing board members and proactively seek new potential board members.
  • PRESS: Serve as a proactive spokesperson for LBO's artistic vision and legacy.
  • INTERVIEWS: Be available for press interviews and quotes related to LBO and the Opera season.
  • PREVIEW EVENT(S): Participate in season preview events as schedule permits.
  • NARRATIVES: Provide requested narratives about the opera season to be used as a basis for developing marketing, public relations, and fundraising materials as well as season program creation.
  • ADVICE: Review LBO communications under development (including marketing materials, brochures, program book, etc.) for artistic accuracy and consistency with LBO brand and mission.
  • EQUITY and DIVERISTY: Maintain a commitment to creating equity diversity across all artistic elements.


  • BOARD: Attend (in person or via video link) all meetings of the Board of Directors, including the executive committee meetings. Other committee meetings are optional unless requested.
  • UPDATES: Provide written and oral updates on the plans for upcoming opera season, and outcomes of the previous opera season to the Board and staff.
  • STRATEGIC PLANNING: Participate in annual and multi-year strategic planning efforts by LBO.
  • STAFF: Work closely with the staff in implementing the Opera season and provide any reasonable assistance requested.

Other Duties

  • Act as representative of Long Beach Opera in local, state, national or international arenas.
  • Work collaboratively with Executive Director to oversee all strategies and policy decisions that would impact internal and public perception of the company.
  • Maintain close ties to the opera industry and the performing arts in order to assess current trends, harness timely opportunities, and stay abreast of issues that directly impact Long Beach Opera.
  • Create and maintain relationships within the Long Beach Community including arts leaders, civic leaders and other potential supporters of LBO.

This is a salaried position, including health benefits. Required time commitment and exact schedule to be negotiated on a case by case basis.


Long Beach Opera is an Equal Opportunity employer.  Long Beach Opera does not discriminate against an Employee or candidate for employment because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or nationality, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other legally protected status.  We prohibit discrimination in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, engagements, assignments, training, discipline, termination, promotions or other conditions of employment or career development.


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This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at cac.ca.gov
Supported in part by a grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach.
Long Beach Opera events are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission