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Head of Music

Job details

NZ Opera
8 Jul 2022
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Management & Admin, Music, Performing Arts


New Zealand’s national opera company welcomes expressions of interest as we look to appoint a full-time Head of Music to contribute to the future of opera in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Building on the fine achievements of our (now relocated) Acting Head of Music, the successful applicant will be responsible for organising the delivery of all musical aspects of New Zealand Opera’s work, including our exciting artist development programme and three talented choruses.  This full-time position reports to the General Director and sits on the Senior Leadership Team.

We are looking for a collaborative and lateral thinking person with the following attributes and skills:

  • Music degree or equivalent training / experience
  • Extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the opera repertoire
  • Well organised with the ability to manage an administrative workload with competing priorities
  • Proven track record in managing people and resources
  • Knowledge and experience of coaching and casting artists
  • Experienced collaborative pianist
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

If you are a music professional with extensive experience in opera, we would love to hear from you. 

Applications from people with New Zealand or Australian citizenship, or the right to work in NZ, will be prioritised. 


Enriching the cultural life of Aotearoa

Whakarangatirahia te oranga ahurea o Aotearoa

How to apply

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Applications close at 5.00 pm on 8 July 2022

Written by

New Zealand Opera

27 Jun 2022

Interests New Zealand Opera is the face of professional opera in Aotearoa. Our mission is to bring human stories, glorious music and the passion of opera to all.