WNO Associate Artist

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WNO Associate Artist

(Paid Traineeship)

Fixed Term August 2022 – July 2023 (start date can be flexible but before the end of August 2022)

Welsh National Opera is offering the opportunity for 2 singers to join its ranks as ‘WNO Associate Artist’. This is a full-time, year-long traineeship between August 2022 and July 2023.

The traineeship will provide a structured learning and professional development programme alongside the opportunity to perform small roles and covers within WNO.

Regular vocal and language coaching, singing lessons and workshops with industry professionals will be scheduled to ensure that trainees are given access to the highest level of industry performance, and professional development, opportunities.

To find out more about our Associate Artists programme, join WNO Head of Artistic Management Kathryn Joyce, WNO Head of Music and Casting Advisor Russell Moreton, WNO Associate Artist Adam Gilbert and WNO Artists Administrator Fern Wilson on Monday 20 September, 6:30pm for an informal webinar. To register, click here

To apply:

  • Please provide a CV, which details all your relevant performance training, any professional or non-professional performance experience and current / previous employment.
  • Please also include a covering letter explaining what you feel you would gain from being a WNO Associate Artist, and why and how the scheme and its associated professional training programme would benefit your future career path into the performing industry. Please do feel free to discuss your background and any barriers you have encountered to a performing career in opera in this letter. If you would feel more comfortable providing this statement via audio or visual files, these must be either in MP4 format or shared via WeTransfer and be no longer than 5 minutes in length.
  • Please also download and complete a WNO data monitoring form wno.org.uk/associate-artists 
  • Submit your CV, covering letter and data monitoring form electronically to recruitment@wno.org.uk 

We are proud of our steps towards better inclusivity and now have one of the most diverse Boards in the British opera industry. However, opera is still viewed as elitist and we know that significantly more diversity in our work force is required to start to break down this conception, and to make sure that all people see WNO as an open and accessible option for a career in the arts.

Deadline for applications
Friday 8 October 2021

First round auditions
8 & 9 November in Cardiff
16 & 17 November in London
22 & 23 November in Manchester
tbc in Birmingham

2nd round auditions
January/February 2022 in Cardiff

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