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

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.

Community Partnerships Assistant

Working with our local communities is central to Opera North’s vision to be a truly relevant and welcoming organisation. Our Community Partnerships programme has been running for 7 years and reaches over 100 community groups across the city region. As a Theatre of Sanctuary we welcome and support refugees and asylum-seekers into our buildings and at our performances.

Opera North is looking for an experienced and well-motivated individual to fill the role of Community Partnerships Assistant. Working in a small, dedicated team, you will have excellent organisational, administrative and communication skills, with attention to detail and the ability to prioritise under pressure. You will share our belief that music and the arts are for everyone, and an interest in working with a wide range of communities.

Salary: £20,085 pro-rata per annum (£12,051 actual salary)
Hours of work: 21 hours (3 days) per week to be worked flexibly
Deadline for applications: Friday 1 July 2022
Interviews to be held in Leeds: Tuesday 12 July 2022

Community Partnerships Assistant Job Description| Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy | Guidance Notes

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Music Therapist

Opera North is seeking an inspiring and experienced music therapist to develop and deliver a year-round programme of engaging group music sessions with clear outcomes within the award winning Opera North Education programme; with a focus on the In HarmonyOpera North SEND provision and dementia related activity in particular. The successful candidate will have a background in music therapy, a solid classical music training and be able to demonstrate experience of working professionally delivering group music sessions for children and adults with special educational needs and disabilities.

The post is subject to satisfactory DBS clearance and is available for two days a week initially; with potential for growth subject to funding.

Salary: £29,779 per annum (pro-rata)
Deadline for applications: Sunday 10 July 2022

Music Therapist Job Description| Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy | Guidance Notes

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HR Assistant

Opera North is a dynamic and ambitious cultural organisation that makes music with and for people across the North of England. With around 250 permanent staff, including an orchestra and chorus, alongside a wider pool of freelance musicians, artists, technical teams and others, the HR Team is vital in ensuring the smooth running of the organisation.

The role of HR Assistant delivers the systems and processes vital to ensure the company can efficiently manage this complex workforce. They also provide crucial support in activity to promote an inclusive workplace culture in line with Opera North’s Values.

The successful candidate will be confident using Microsoft Office packages, have good communication skills and good attention to detail. This is an early career role so you don’t need HR experience but it may be beneficial.

Salary: £19,000 per annum
Deadline for applications: Friday 1 July 2022

HR Assistant Job Description| Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy | Guidance Notes

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Graphic Designer

Opera North is looking for an experienced and well-motivated individual to join us as a Graphic Designer. Join a team that is digitally led, collaborative, creative and always looking for the next and best new idea. As a Graphic Designer at Opera North, there’s a new challenge every day.

Successful candidates will be positive and energetic individuals with experience in producing high-calibre design. You will create and artwork engaging design for a range of channels, from motion graphics work for digital screens and social ads to print brochures and flyers using InDesign, Photoshop and After Effects. You will have a keen eye for design, be organised, and great at sticking to deadlines.

Salary: £20,000 – £23,000 per annum, dependent upon skills and experience.
Deadline for applications: 11.59pm, Sunday 10 July
Interviews to be held in: Howard Opera Centre, 8 Harrison Street, Leeds, LS1 6PA

Graphic Designer Job Description| Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy | Guidance Notes

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Sustainability Champion

Opera North is seeking to appoint a Sustainability Champion to track, guide and support our work towards creating a sustainable opera season in autumn 2023.

This person would be:

  • Carbon Literate trained and have an understanding of carbon calculators
  • Have experience with environmental sustainability
  • Have an understanding of theatre production management

The role would involve:

  • Creating a Green Production Agreement that is then signed by everyone involved in the production
  • Ensuring all key members of the team have undertaken carbon literacy training
  • Collating the Materials Inventory according to the Green Book Baseline and Intermediate productions
  • Lead the post-show evaluation of the season against its Green Book target

It is recognised that the Sustainability Champion doesn’t own sustainability for the season as sustainability is a shared responsibility. But the Champion will ensure that everyone involved to take ownership of the role they play in contributing to a sustainable show. The Champion will not be made to feel like a policeman but will be there to support all the Opera North teams in achieving the sustainability aims.

The Sustainability Champion will contribute and support, help think through problems and brainstorm solutions, point team members to advice, and act as a conduit in making sure the team acts as a unit on sustainability matters.

The season will open in Leeds in September 2023 before touring to Newcastle, Salford, Nottingham Hull. The production process is now underway and we are seeking a Sustainability Champion to be appointed as soon as possible at the very beginning of the design process.

Expressions of Interest
Opera North is seeking expressions of interest from freelancers to become our Sustainability Champion for the season.  Scope of hours and contact time will be negotiated with the successful candidate based on their preferred approach to the task.

If you are interested in discussing this opportunity further please contact Opera North’s General Director, Richard Mantle at richard.mantle@operanorth.co.uk.

Sustainability Champion Tender | Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy | Guidance Notes



Open call: Resonance 2022-23

Open call: Resonance 2022-23

We’re seeking applications from music creators of colour for our next Resonance residency programme.

Deadline for applications: 10am, Friday 8 July 2023

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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