Notes on getting a job as an opera singer

By Nicholas Newman

Here is a list of useful links about getting a job as an opera singer.

Key qualities needed by an opera singer

“Great personal performance in audition.. well groomed and presented. Good organisation skills and mobile. Self-confident manner and any other performance skills always an advantage. Obviously great singing and acting skills,” says Mike Woodward Managing Director of Opera Anywhere Ltd

Advice on becoming an opera singer

  1. https://www.singoperanow.com/articles-on-how-to-sing-opera/how-to-become-an-opera-singer/
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/2015/sep/22/career-tips-for-opera-singers-vocal-sound
  3. https://register.theguardian.com/culture-professionals/register/
  4. https://mccraystudio.com/can-i-become-an-opera-singer-later-in-life/
  5. https://www.theartcareerproject.com/become/opera-singer/
 Hertford College Chapel, Oxford
Inside Hertford College Chapel, Oxford

Sites to look for opera jobs and auditions

Here is a wide range of websites with details of job opportunities in the Uk, Europe and worldwide listed.

Here are alist of major opera companies and festivals with job opportunities.

English Touring Opera

http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/about-eto/work-with-eto/auditions/

Birmingham Opera

http://www.operabirmingham.org/auditions/

Longborough Festival Opera

https://lfo.org.uk/contact

Grange Opera Festival

https://grangeparkopera.co.uk/about/working-with-grange-park-opera/

Rome Opera Festival

http://www.operafest.com/audition-information

Glyndebourne Opera

http://www.glyndebourne.com/extra/work-at-glyndebourne/chorus-auditions/

Welsh National Opera

https://www.wno.org.uk/audition-enquiries

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

http://www.rsno.org.uk/engage/chorus/join-us/

Scottish Opera

https://www.scottishopera.org.uk/vacancies/

Opera Actors, Dancers and Extra Chorus at Royal opera House London Covent Garden

Actors, Dancers and Extra Chorus for the Royal Opera are engaged per production. If you wish to be considered, please apply by sending your performer CV via email to Luke Speirs, Assistant Chorus Manager, The Royal Opera, at luke.speirs@roh.org.uk .

Paris Opera

https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/artists/contests-and-auditions/chorus

Milan Opera

http://www.teatroallascala.org/en/work-with-us/chorus-auditions.html

Voice over work

http://www.webaudiostore.com/en/voices-over-services/voice-over-audio-guides?gclid=CjwKCAiAqIHTBRAVEiwA6TgJw52BrRfoKJrcpV4jtVTR2evH4vXU1KsKuGuybzFsz_C1OVtE9w0RaBoCt2YQAvD_BwE

Other work

  1. https://join.backstage.com/uk-6-months-free/?gclid=CjwKCAiAqIHTBRAVEiwA6TgJw717L36M-8UfMamKqnDxmaLGrYWtn3yA4XErVGaAJp8-wYUOvOiPPhoCWlQQAvD_BwE
  2. http://www.ascasting.co.uk/
  3. https://www.peeltalent.com/
  4. https://www.aida.de/en/aida-cruises/career/working-environment-of-aida/aida-entertainment/auditons.28537.html

Other opportunities

http://www.roh.org.uk/about/jette-parker-young-artists-programme

https://www.yaptracker.com/

Agents for opera singers

Advice on using Agents

http://www.scena.org/lsm/sm6-5/agent-en.html

How to Pick the Right Agent for Your Career in Opera

How to write an Opera CV, Resume and Cover Letter

https://www.operaamerica.org/content/about/Artists/Downloads.aspx

http://musicalexchange.carnegiehall.org/group/voice/forum/topics/how-to-present-your-r-sum-bio-repertoire-list

https://www.livecareer.com/resume-search/r/professional-opera-singer-102359897

Opera singer website example

http://www.ceciliecathrine.com/biography/cv/

https://www.ioa-management.com/takala-complete-cv-eng.html

Opera Singer Competitions

Another way to earn income and improve a young opera singers CV is to enter competitions. Here are a list of a few of them that occur in the UK and the rest of  Europe.

  1. http://www.operastuff.com/Singer_Resource/Competitions/
  2. http://www.munstertrust.org.uk/funding-guide/international-competitions/international-competitions-voice
  3. http://www.glyndebourne.com/tickets-and-whats-on/our-seasons/glyndebourne-opera-cup/
  4. https://www.salzburgerfestspiele.at/en/young-singers-project
  5. https://www.tempuscollection.com/en/international-auditions/main-information/item/international-opera-auditions-2017-18
  6. http://www.bamptonopera.org/singerscompetition.htm
  7. http://www.london-handel-festival.com/page/competition/24/
  8. https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/r2hzp6
  9. https://www.oxfordlieder.co.uk/education/young-artist-platform

Useful help for opera singers

http://thebusinessofsinging.com/sr_askerda/sr_askerda_18.htm

https://www.bectu.org.uk/about

http://fia-actors.com/

What could you be paid as an opera singer?

Opera singers work under contract for a particular performance or a series of performances. Star singers in Europe can make anything from £1,000 to over £15,000 for a performance. They sing between 50 and 75 performances each year.

  1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opera/what-to-see/how-much-do-opera-stars-get-paid/
  2. https://www.payscale.com/research/UK/Job=Musician_or_Singer/Salary
  3. http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/meandmymoney/article-3555276/All-Gocompare-adverts-changed-life-make-300-note-sing-Welsh-tenor-Wynne-Evans-on.html
  4. https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/musician

Industry magazines and websites

Here is a list of useful industry magazines and websites

Opera Now

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