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Work experience & internships

If you are interested in the Arts and want to learn more about an exciting and dynamic opera company, Opera North is a good place to start. We offer six one-week placements every year to people looking to gain an insight into the different roles and activities of the Company, including marketing, education and fundraising.

All placements focus on administration experience only, but will give you an opportunity to observe and assist in any key departments.

In addition to the actual work experience, you will be offered:

- An informative presentation about Opera North
- A tour of Leeds Grand Theatre
- A tour of the Opera North Centre
- Subject to timetable, you could have the opportunity to observe Opera North rehearsals and performances.


We are keen to evaluate both your and our performances on placement. We can offer work-based assessments relating to your relevant study and experience. In return we would also like to receive feedback from you, to help us improve and continually develop our work experience programme.

How to Apply

To apply for Work Experience opportunities please complete and return the application form by the relevant deadline (shown on the timetable below). ON Work Experience Application Form.doc (.doc, 115kb)

We receive a lot of placement requests each year so it is important that you to refer to the dates on the timetable below when applying.

Work Experience Timetable

The dates available for work experience are shown below. Opera North is unable to offer placements during the summer months, June to August, as this is the Company holiday period.

Work Experience Dates Application Deadline Interviews
15 – 19 Sept 2014 Friday 4 July 2014 w/c 14 July 2014
13 – 17 Oct 2014 Friday 4 July 2014 w/c 14 July 2014
19 – 23 Jan 2015 Friday 28 November 2014 w/c 8 December 2014
9 – 13 Feb 2015 Friday 28 November 2014 w/c 8 December 2014


Education Work Experience

Every year Opera North Education offers 2, one- week work experience placements to young people aged 16 or over. These are in addition to the company wide work experience scheme and offer the opportunity to work solely within the remit of Opera North Education.

Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to see the work of Opera North Education and gain working knowledge of the preparation involved in this delivery. There may be opportunity to visit our work off site with a member of the team if appropriate. Tasks include general office and project administration eg:  inputting data, assisting with mailings and resources, compiling music packs, assisting in the preparation for project delivery sessions, attendance and participation in the sessions as appropriate.

If you would like to apply please send a declaration of interest telling us about yourself and why you would like to gain work experience at Opera North (no longer than 1 page of A4) to Janet Crowther, Education Administrator

Applications are invited on 2 occasions:

Before 31 December for a placement in the winter term (January – March)

Before 31 March for a placement in the summer term (April – July)

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