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Artist Aides

Artist Aides are a crucial part of the Seattle Opera family, and are essential for the welcoming of our guest artists. The purpose of the Artist Aide program is to assist our guest artists with settling in, and with transportation needs.

Primary responsibilities of an Artist Aide include picking up guest artists at the airport and making sure they are settled into their hotel or apartment; providing transportation to and from the car rental office; providing transportation to and from rehearsals, costume fittings, performances, and medical appointments; as well as taking guest artists to the airport for their return home.

It is customary but not required for Artist Aides to extend a few small services that are common in the performing arts, such as assisting newly arrived guest artists to purchase initial supplies or groceries on the way from the airport to their apartment.

Artist Aides have the opportunity to become better acquainted with our visiting artists on the first-rehearsal day, at which Artist Aides host a buffet. Artist Aides also host a cast party, usually on a Sunday during the performance timeframe. In addition, Aides who are driving to/from rehearsals sometimes remain on site for unexpected drives and thus have an opportunity to observe rehearsals in progress.

Drivers must submit proof of a valid Washington State Drivers license and proper liability insurance. All Artist Aides must have a cell phone and a clean reliable car.

For most visiting guest artists the Artist Aide is their first introduction to Seattle Opera. Each Aide’s positive, welcoming attitude is vital to making guest artists feel comfortable in their new homes and allowing them to do their best work.

If you have questions or would like to start the sign-up process, please email Paula Podemski at Paula.Podemski@SeattleOpera.org

Thank you for considering this important volunteer opportunity and for supporting Seattle Opera!

Production Volunteers

The Production department is always looking for reliable people willing to volunteer their time and talents. Volunteering with the Production Department gives you the opportunity to experience what goes into creating a production. Choose from the positions below to learn more about how you can become a part of the opera.

Production Volunteer Positions

  • Supernumerary
  • Youth Chorus


Non-speaking acting roles - like being an extra in a movie!

Supernumeraries are volunteers who appear on stage in mute, non-singing roles, much like being an extra in a movie. Being a "super" takes lots of time and patience, but is a lot of fun and a good learning experience. Time requirements vary per opera, but the average commitment is three evenings a week and a weekend day for three rehearsal weeks, four to six hours for five nights during "tech week", and then, anywhere from six to eight performances on various nights throughout the two weeks of performances. Men of the ages 18 - 50 are the most needed. Small children are always encouraged to apply. Supers receive 2 tickets to a dress rehearsal of the show in which they appear.

How to Apply

Please phone the Production Supervisor at (206) 676-5812 to schedule an in-person interview to find out more details about this exciting volunteer opportunity.

Youth Chorus

Youth (approx ages 7-12) sing in operas requiring children’s voices

For more information on the Youth Chorus click here

Other Volunteer Positions

For information about all other Seattle Opera volunteer opportunities, please contact Human Resources Director Nancy Del Villar Vivé at 206-676-5521 or nancy.vive@seattleopera.org.

For Production internship opportunities, please visit our Internships section.

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Florencia in the Amazons, 2005 © Rozarii Lynch photo