Working with NOS has been hugely rewarding for me as an aspiring opera director. Assisting Christopher Alden in the scenes with Opera North was a full and varied experience in which corresponding with different departments was one of the many joys. Assisting Keith Warner on the 'Americana' scenes opened my eyes to how that repertoire should be rehearsed and delivered. Working personally with the singers to then revive these productions has been a welcome challenge.

Thomas Phillip Henderson
2017/18 Assistant Director

We are committed to finding emerging directing talent, and throughout our year engage several assistant directors on paid internships, to whom we can offer an on-the-job learning opportunity. You would not necessarily have worked on an opera previously - however an interest in learning about the art form is desirable.

We work with experienced opera directors on a number of projects throughout the year, including our annual scenes residencies with Opera North, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera. Recent directors have included David Pountney CBE, Graham Vick CBE, Keith Warner, Emma Jenkins, Olivia Fuchs, Christopher Alden and Max Hoehn. Assistant Director interns will gain hands-on experience and be fully integrated into the team; this is distinct from observer positions offered at opera companies and we aim to give you active on-the-job experience with our experienced directors.

At the National Opera Studio we believe that a wholehearted and proactive commitment to equality and diversity is central to achieving our vision: today’s talent prepared for tomorrow’s opera. Above all else, we prize and encourage individuality of talent in all our people, and this applies to our interns as much as our most experienced staff. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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Current Opportunities

We are currently seeking Assistant Directors for three projects in the 2019/20 season:

 

NOS project with Keith Warner

Position: Assistant to the Director, Keith Warner (repertoire TBD)

Dates: Sessions in the wks/c 30 September, 07 October and 14 October, with a workshop performance on 18 October – all at the National Opera Studio, London.

We are able to offer a fee for this project.

  

Opera North residency

Position: Assistant to the Director, Tim Albery

Opera Scenes with the Orchestra of Opera North in Leeds (performance: 23 Nov), and with piano the following week at Conway Hall, London (26 Nov, with potential re-staging rehearsal on 25 Nov).

Dates: Our Opera North residency takes place in the w/c 18 November 2019, with production rehearsals at the NOS in London in the w/c 11 November 2019. There will also be a showing of the production the following week at Conway Hall, London.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with limited knowledge/experience of the genre to work with a professional opera company, including their orchestra, and the nurturing environment of the NOS. We are able to offer a fee, and also travel and accommodation (if applicable) for the period in Leeds.

 

Welsh National Opera residency

Position: Assistant to the Director, Emma Jenkins

Opera Scenes with the WNO Orchestra in Wales (performance: 02 Feb), and with piano the following week (date/venue TBD).

Dates: our WNO residency takes place in the w/c 27 January 2020, with production rehearsals at the NOS in London in the ws/c 06 Jan, 13 Jan and 20 Jan 2020. There will also be a showing of the production the following week in London with grand piano.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with limited knowledge/experience of the genre to work with a professional opera company, including their orchestra, and the nurturing environment of the NOS. We are able to offer a fee, and also travel and accommodation (if applicable) for the period in Cardiff.

  

To express your interest in any of these projects, please send a covering letter and CV to Katya Kazakevich, Head of Artistic Planning ([email protected]) by Friday 26 July 2019.

Informal interviews will be held at the National Opera Studio, Wandsworth on 05 and 06 August.