Opera Worcester is an amateur operatic society based in Worcestershire. Since 1952 this long-established society has offered operetta and musicals and recently extended its repertoire to include grand opera. For further details about the society, please visit www.operaworcester.uk. Opera Worcester has also recently been awarded charity status.
From 2016 the society has performed fully staged opera productions, with orchestra, of Carmen, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro and Cav & Pag at the Swan Theatre in Worcester.
The society aspires to the very highest standards in both its concerts and productions and has recently introduced a programme of performance workshops to provide opportunities for both chorus members and soloists to develop their skills.
Opera Worcester seeks to bring together singers of all ages and abilities. Its members include local semi-professional and talented amateurs, and when required, the society has sought to engage a professional singer to undertake a specific role which cannot be cast from its membership.
No production is planned for 2020 but a programme of concerts and a semi -staged gala evening between Sept 2019 and July 2020 has been scheduled. Ideally the society would like to engage an MD for the entire season but applications are also invited to conduct individual concerts or the gala evening.
Based on the outcome of the application process there may also be an option for the successful applicant(s) to continue as MD for the next fully-staged operatic production in 2021.
The new MD will need to be able to conduct and inspire singers and musicians of all abilities, liaise effectively with the Trustees and Committee and provide advice and guidance on musical matters for the society.
Remuneration is offered but as Opera Worcester is a charity, this is limited. Further details are available on application.
To apply or for further information, please contact Chairman@operaworcester.uk
The requirements of the role will include:
- A knowledge of the opera repertoire and an understanding of its demands on the human voice.
- Conducting experience, preferably of opera, certainly vocal music and orchestras.
- A willingness to work with the Opera Worcester committee, its Trustees and where applicable, stage director, on the choice of opera and music for concert work.
- The ability to run weekly rehearsals as required. These normally take place in Worcester on a Monday (chorus) and Wednesday (soloists)
- Providing basic vocal coaching for principal singers where necessary.
- Teaching repertoire and training an amateur chorus.
- Liaising with accompanists as required
- The fixing of orchestral players when needed.
- Sourcing performance material both vocal and orchestral.