Opera North is England’s national opera company in the North and a leading European arts organisation. Acclaimed for its imaginative programming and innovative productions on the main stage, Opera North also programmes its own venue, the Howard Assembly Room, with an enormous diversity of activity.

Opera North is committed to the Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity in all aspects of our recruitment and employment practices. We are the first opera company to be awarded Theatre of Sanctuary status and actively welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, including Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities who are currently underrepresented in the workforce. To support this commitment and to help us develop our policies and procedures, we ask all job applicants to complete our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Monitoring Form.

We regret that we cannot contact applicants individually about their applications. If you have not heard from us within 14 days of the job closing, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion and keep an eye out for future vacancies.

Leader of the Orchestra

A founder member of the Orchestra of Opera North and now the longest-serving Orchestra Leader in Europe following 43 1⁄2 years in post, David Greed will step down at the end of summer 2022.

Opera North is therefore looking for an outstanding, experienced, dynamic and well-motivated musician to become the next Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North and help to drive the artistic future of the organisation.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
Deadline for applications: 10.00am, Friday 1 October 2021
Auditions: w/c 22 November 2021

Audition Info: The audition will consist of two rounds, the first of which will be screened. Those applicants invited to stay for the second round will be heard on the same day. More information about the audition process will be circulated to those shortlisted applicants. Further audition dates may be scheduled if it becomes necessary, but Opera North cannot guarantee additional dates being offered.

Leader of the Orchestra Job Description| Application Form
Application Guidance Notes | Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Please submit your application to appointments@operanorth.co.uk, and also use this address if you have any queries about the recruitment process. We actively welcome applications from members of all backgrounds and communities.

Executive Assistant to the General Director

Owing to an internal promotion, we have a vacancy for an Executive Assistant to the General Director, working at the heart of the company to provide administrative and secretarial support to him and his wider office of directors. The broad and busy role includes diary management, meeting minute-taking and acting as a main point of contact and filter for queries.

The assignment is offered initially on a temporary and mostly on-site basis starting at the end of September and lasting for three months, but there is the potential for a longer-term, hybrid-working appointment.

Salary: £25,000-£27,000 pro-rata
Deadline for applications: Friday 15 of October 2021*
Interviews: TBC

*Please note we may close the vacancy early if we fill the appointment before the job closing date.

Executive Assistant to the General Director Job Description| Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

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Chorister vacancies

Opera North has vacancies for three Sopranos, one Tenor 1 and one Bass 2, based in Leeds and on tour, and which are offered on a permanent basis commencing in August 2022.

In addition to their ensemble performances in Opera North’s productions, chorus members have excellent opportunities to perform and cover principal roles alongside their chorus work. Outside the standard operatic and concert repertoire, the dramatic strength and musical flexibility of the chorus of Opera North has been fundamental to the development of the Company’s education work as well as productions of a wide range of musical theatre masterpieces, including Into the Woods, Street Scene, Kiss Me, Kate, and A Little Night Music.

Roles and covers are auditioned each season according to the repertoire and suitability of choristers in the full-time chorus.

Salary: c. £26,235-£31,335 per annum
Deadline for applications: (including a video recording) 10.00am, Monday 25 October 2021
First round auditions: Monday 8 November 2021 (London) and Monday 15 November 2021 (Leeds)
Second round auditions: Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 December 2021(Leeds)

Chorister Job DescriptionEquality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

To apply, please send your CV and a video recording of two arias of your choice to Rachel.Mosley@operanorth.co.uk

Disability Confident Committed

As users of the disability confident scheme, we will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy will be offered an interview.

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