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General Director

Date Added
10 January 2023
Opera North
Commensurate with senior role at this level
Job Specification
Opera North is England’s permanent national touring opera company, serving the regions of the North.  A creative powerhouse based in Leeds, Opera North is renowned for innovation and creativity with award-winning fully staged productions and ground-breaking concert performances. The company also offers an eclectic visiting artists programme, supports artist development and contemporary practice through Opera North Projects, and through Opera North Education, encourages people of all ages and from all walks of life to explore opera. 
Having completed a transformative £18 million capital project, Opera North now seeks to appoint its next visionary General Director who will have the ambition, leadership, and management ability, as well as profile and networks, to take the company forward and build on its success to date. 
Reporting to Opera North’s Board of Trustees, the General Director will provide an inspirational, holistic artistic vision and will drive the planning and delivery of Opera North’s broad-ranging programme. They will be the public face of the company, taking the lead in key external relationships, locally, nationally and internationally, and provide strategic leadership internally, fostering a collaborative culture, encouraging innovation and excellence throughout the organisation. 
The ideal candidates will have substantial experience in a senior leadership role in the arts, cultural sector or creative industries, managing sizable budgets in the context of a large-scale enterprise and generating significant levels of income from diverse sources. They will have a good understanding of opera and opera repertoire, of the UK’s opera ecology and the international scene, and an appreciation of current trends and developments in opera production and presentation. 
This is a unique opportunity to lead one of the world’s most admired companies, to define the future of Opera North and contribute to the development of the art form. 
Application Details
For further information about the role and how to apply, please download an information pack from 
Deadline for applications: 5pm, Friday 17th February 
Opera North embraces inclusivity, diversity, and equality across our organisations, creating an atmosphere of trust, integrity and collaboration for our artists, staff, and audiences. We are an equal opportunities employer, and we encourage applications from all suitably qualified persons, regardless of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, religion/belief or age. 
Closing Date
17 February 2023
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