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Director Callout - Opera for Key Stage 2 Audiences

Job Title: Director of Key Stage 2 Opera, Spring 2025

Key Dates: Preparation – meetings to be held between June-December 2024; Rehearsals – 2 weeks in January 2025, 1 day ‘brush-up’ in March 2025; First performance in March 2025

Fee: £3500

Closing date: Friday 2nd February 2024 at 12pm

About the Role

English Touring Opera are looking to recruit a freelance Director to direct a new opera for Key Stage 2 audiences (children aged 7-11), due to premiere in Spring 2025.

ETO reach over 50,000 people per year with four mainstage productions and two specially commissioned operas for children.

One of these specially commissioned operas is created for Key Stage 2 audiences (children aged 7-11), and tours to public venues and primary schools across the country. ETO have a longstanding reputation in this area, with previous operas of this kind including The Wish Gatherer (YAMAwards ‘Best Opera’ Nominated), Laika the spacedog (Armel Opera Festival ‘Best Production’ Winner), Paper & Tin, and Shakleton’s cat.

We are looking for the Director to come on board to direct a new opera, which is due to be the third opera in our climate change trilogy, which will feature text, characters and story elements from Shakespeare plays.

About ETO

ETO has a unique place in British opera as the only mid-scale touring company offering regional venues, and thousands of audience members, outstanding opera performances and impactful Learning and Participation projects, across a significant national footprint. At the heart of our mission is a commitment to touring ambitious programmes of high-quality, innovative, and exciting opera performances that engage and inspire.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted in writing, audio, or video formats until Friday 2nd February 2024 at 12pm. Please see the recruitment pack below for application requirements. Please also fill out an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

If you have any access requirements that would make another form of application or interview more suitable, please do get in touch.