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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 actively welcome applications from diverse groups.


Cello Extras

The Orchestra of Opera North is looking for experienced musicians who can undertake extra work in our cello section.

Knowledge of the operatic repertoire would be an advantage, as would be the ability to travel, sometimes at short notice, to our central location in Leeds and regular touring venues of Salford, Newcastle and Nottingham.

Deadline for applications: 10.00am, Friday 5 May 2017
Auditions: 15, 23 and 25 May 2017 in Leeds 

Please submit your CV to, and also use this address if you have any queries about the recruitment process or access needs with making an application.

2017/18 Pettman DARE Fellowships

The Pettman DARE Scholarship programme is delivered through DARE, a unique partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds in the UK; providing an early career for professionals in music engagement with the opportunity to undertake an intensive year of practice-led research before progressing to the next stage in their career.

Our 2017/18 Pettman DARE Fellowships are now open for applications.

The two Fellowships will run September 2017-August 2018 and are in:

  • Music Education Project Management
  • Music Education Choral / Instrumental Delivery

Please visit the DARE website for more detailed information about the two Fellowships, including the Fellowship application form, deadline, shortlisting and interview dates, and funding. 

Alternatively, for further information or to register an interest please contact DARE manager Lesley Patrick at


As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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