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.

We create music and opera for everyone, and we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and sections of the community. Opera North is committed to Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity in all aspects of our recruitment and employment practices and we are the first opera company to be awarded Theatre of Sanctuary status. We are keen to encourage a diverse range of perspectives, skills, experience and knowledge within Opera North and 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.

If you need any help applying to a job, including any adjustments to the application process, and if you’re applying under the Disability Confident Committed Scheme, please contact appointments@operanorth.co.uk

If not otherwise stated, all deadlines are at 23.59pm.

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.

Section Principal Double Bass

At a time when Opera North are about to have new Company and Orchestral leadership The Orchestra of Opera North is looking for an experienced, dynamic and well-motivated musician to fill the role of Section Principal Double Bass.

Salary: £41,754 (per annum)
Deadline for applications: Sunday 31 December 2023
Please note that we are holding auditions in November for early applications so please apply early to guarantee an audition.
Auditions to be held: 6 and 13 November 2023
Priority will be given to early applications on a first come first served basis. If required, further auditions will take place in early 2024.

Section Principal Double Bass Job PackEquality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy | Guidance Notes

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Chorister (Tenor 2)

Opera North is looking for an experienced and well-motivated individual to fill the role of Chorister (Tenor 2).

Salary: £34,066
Deadline for applications: Midday on Tuesday 2 January 2024
Interviews to be held: Round 1 on Monday 22 January, Round 2 on Thursday 25 January

Please send a CV and 2 video recordings of contrasting operatic arias with your application.

In the event of any challenges with video submissions, applicants are encouraged to directly communicate by sending a message to Chorus Manager Howard Croft at howard.croft@operanorth.co.uk

Chorister (Tenor 2) Job Pack | Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy | Guidance Notes

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In Harmony Manager

An opportunity has arisen within the Education department for an In Harmony Manager due to a team restructure following an expansion of the team: the In Harmony Manager is responsible for the operational management of In Harmony Opera North.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and relationship building skills with people at all levels, and from all backgrounds, and be able to demonstrate excellent administration skills with a strong attention to detail. This post is subject to enhanced DBS clearance.

Salary: £29,784
Deadline for applications: Monday 11 December 2023

In Harmony Manager | Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy | Guidance Notes

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Opera North is looking for experienced and well-motivated individuals to join our board of trustees.

We are especially keen to hear from potential trustees who have experience in IT, Marketing and Communications, Sustainability best practice and/or knowledge in the artform.

This is a voluntary position.

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To apply please send an email explaining why you would like to join us and what you can bring to the board to help us develop the business for the future to Yuliia Didukh, our HR Assistant at yuliia.didukh@operanorth.co.uk
Please also append a CV, so we can see where your career has taken you to date.

Marketing Assistant

We’re looking for a Marketing Assistant to join our busy Audiences department. You’ll play a crucial role in supporting the delivery of our creative marketing campaigns – building emails, briefing and supplying creative artwork, writing copy and creating digital content across mainstage opera, the Howard Assembly Room and our restaurant and bar Kino.

As part of a team focused on maximising income through ticket sales, developing audiences and raising wider awareness of Opera North, you’ll contribute to the growth and development of a leading UK arts organisation that creates extraordinary experiences, every day, for audiences in the North of England.

Salary: £22,500
Deadline for applications: Thursday 14 December 2023

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Chef de Partie

Opera North is looking for a experienced, strong and motivated Chef de Partie to join our existing team in the centre of Leeds.

The role will be for Kino, Opera North’s restaurant, located adjacent to the Leeds Grand Theatre. We are open Tuesday to Saturday, serving pre-theatre & a La Carte menus, with lunch and dinner on Saturdays, we also cater for events and private hire Monday to Sunday.

Salary: £25,000 per annum
Deadline for applications: Sunday 7 January 2024

Chef de Partie Job Pack | Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy | Guidance Notes

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Casting and Scheduling Administrator

Opera North is looking for an experienced and well-motivated individual to fill the role of Casting and Scheduling Administrator.

The successful candidate will have proven administrative experience within a performing arts environment, knowledge of operatic repertoire and work in the UK and abroad, and experience of scheduling within a performing arts organisation.

You will have excellent organisational, administrative and communication skills, with attention to detail and the ability to prioritise under pressure. This role encompasses two main areas, casting and scheduling. We realise that finding a candidate with equal experience in both areas may be hard so please do not let that deter your application.

Salary: circa £30,000 – £32,000 per annum
Deadline for applications: 10am on Thursday 14 December 2023
Interviews to be held in: Howard Opera Centre, Leeds

Casting and Scheduling Administrator | Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy | Guidance Notes

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Casting Call Out: Children age 8-14

Are you age 8-14 and a strong singer or love acting?

We are holding auditions in January to find young people to perform in our 2024–2025 mainstage opera season. We are looking to fill:

  • Solo singing roles
  • Chorus singing roles
  • Acting roles

We are looking for singers with unchanged voices who are happy to sing solo or in harmony and for young people with excellent acting skills.

Please contact rachel.bradley@operanorth.co.uk with expressions of interest and to find out more.

Northern Bridge Consortium Collaborative Doctoral Awards Competition

Above and BeyONd: developing and evaluating new approaches to access for Opera North

Inclusion is core to Arts Council England’s current Let’s Create Strategy and to Opera North’s ambition to build new audiences and sustain existing ones.

But, captioning opera performances presents particular challenges in terms of what can be captioned and what is ‘lost in translation’. The art form of opera is multi-layered with performance texts including music and sung text alongside other modes of communication that include costume, set, lighting, gesture and movement.

Building on the company’s sector-leading work on access, this project examines what can and should be captioned and explores how best to do so to support understanding and pleasure for all audiences.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 1 February 2024
Interviews to be held: Weeks commencing 11 or 18 February 2024
How to apply: To register interest email jo.robinson2@newcastle.ac.uk

Expression of interest to include 1-page project proposal (which should outline your interest in and motivation for the project); 2-page CV; copy degree certificates and transcripts of marks.

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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.

Supporting Parents & Carers


Partner organisation of Parents & Carers in Performing Arts.


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