NI Opera

Festival of Voice 2016 – Internship Opportunity

Glenarm, Co. Antrim
Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th August

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player to assist with the delivery of this year’s Festival of Voice in the historic coastal village of Glenarm.

This internship will involve work both at the Northern Ireland Opera office at the Grand Opera House in Belfast, as well as in Glenarm, with duties to include event support and front of house duties.

This internship will include travel in Belfast, and travel, accommodation and meals in Glenarm. To apply, please send through a CV and cover letter stating your interest in the internship to Clíona Donnelly, General Manager, at by Friday 5th August.

For further details please contact the Northern Ireland Opera office on 028 9027 7734.

Job Vacancy: Outreach and Administration Officer

Northern Ireland Opera are recruiting an enthusiastic team player with experience in outreach/education and administration.

As a key member of a small team, the role will include developing and delivering the company’s education and outreach activities, administration tasks relating to productions and events, and managing financial processes.

Aspiring applicants should have proven administrative and inter-personal skills and the ability to work well under pressure. Experience in the arts is also desirable though not essential.

Application forms are available by e-mailing Mary Taggart – – and they must be returned before 1pm on Tuesday 28th June 2016. For more details contact the Northern Ireland Opera office on 028 9027 7734.

Northern Ireland Opera is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


Education and Outreach
To develop (with the Artistic Director and General Manager) and lead on the further development and planning of the company’s education and outreach activities, including liaison with schools on workshops and schools’ participation; to foster education and outreach projects and partnerships with both existing and new collaborators and practitioners; to manage the budgets associated with education and outreach, as set in consultation with the General Manager and Artistic Director.

To help manage (with the General Manager) the day to day affairs of the Company; to act as the point of contact between the production team and the Northern Ireland Opera office for each production or event, including the distribution of schedules; to assist with issues relating to Health and Safety/insurance and Child Protection policy and procedures; to minute all board meetings and team meetings as necessary; any other administrative tasks as needed.

Company Management
To work with key permanent and freelance staff in booking accommodation and travel; to manage the audition, casting and contracting process; to support all freelance artists engaged by the Company; to organise the hire of scores, rights and translations and the circulation of scores; to manage the recruitment of chorus, in conjunction with the General Manager; deal with venue contracts for touring productions; Front of House duties at performances and events.

Financial Management
To ensure good value for money in any Company purchases; to help manage the Company financial processes in liaison with the Financial Director and book-keeper, including data management and up-to-date reporting; to submit all financial data for the fulfilment of funder obligations and reports; to help maintain the yearly company master budget and all relevant spread-sheets and data.

Essential Criteria
- Capable of working with children
- Experience of outreach and education activities
- Proven administrative and organisational skills
- A positive telephone and inter-personal manner
- The ability to work with enthusiasm, energy, and attention to detail
- Be able to work well under pressure
- Experience in financial management and Microsoft Office

Desirable Criteria
- A university degree
- Experience in the arts (especially dance, classical music, opera or theatre)

The candidate will be a key member of a small team based in the Grand Opera House, Belfast.

Northern Ireland Opera’s New Season 2016/17

Left to Right: Oliver Mears, Artistic Director, Northern Ireland Opera, Aoife Miskelly, Soprano, and Noírín McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Following on from another hugely successful year for the company, Northern Ireland Opera is delighted to announce its new 2016/17 season. Highlights of the season include a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Belfast’s Grand Opera House, the Irish première of Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face with Opera Theatre Company, a concert performance of Puccini’s La bohème in partnership with the Ulster Orchestra, and the Irish première of Handel’s Radamisto with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, which will tour throughout Ireland.

Don Giovanni
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Northern Ireland Opera present a thrilling new production of Mozart’s greatest opera in Belfast’s Grand Opera House. Featuring some of Mozart’s most glorious and ravishing music, this production has an outstanding international and Irish cast that includes leading Northern Irish soprano Aoife Miskelly, together with the Northern Ireland Opera chorus and the Ulster Orchestra in the pit. Directed by Oliver Mears, designed by Annemarie Woods and conducted by Nicholas Chalmers, the team behind Salome and Macbeth, this spectacular production of Mozart’s comic and dramatic masterpiece will be one of the highlights of 2016.

Sung in English.

Powder Her Face
by Thomas Adès

Northern Ireland Opera and Opera Theatre Company present the Irish première of Thomas Adès’ extraordinary modern opera Powder Her Face. A worldwide hit since it was first performed, and now a modern classic, Powder Her Face is an acerbic black comedy recounting the sordid affairs and scandalous divorce of the infamous Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. Directed and designed by the award-winning Antony McDonald (The Importance of Being Earnest), Powder Her Face stars soprano Giselle Allen (Tosca, Salome) as the Duchess.

A co-production between Northern Ireland Opera and Opera Theatre Company.
Irish première. Contains adult material. Suitable for ages 16+.

La bohème
by Giacomo Puccini

Northern Ireland Opera, collaborating with regular partner the Ulster Orchestra, present a very special concert performance of Puccini’s iconic opera La bohème as part of the orchestra’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Conducted by the Ulster Orchestra’s Chief Conductor Rafael Payare and with the Belfast Philharmonic Choir, this performance will include a cast of soloists drawn from across Northern Ireland and Ireland, including Giselle Allen.

In partnership with the Ulster Orchestra.
Concert Performance. Sung in Italian.

by George Frideric Handel

Following the success of Northern Ireland Opera and Irish Youth Opera’s Agrippina (winner of the ‘Best Production’ Award at the Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015), Northern Ireland Opera continues their outstanding partnership with the Irish Chamber Orchestra to present the Irish première of Handel’s masterpiece Radamisto, a story of lust, political intrigue, and the fight for power. This production will see Northern Ireland Opera reunited with one of Ireland’s leading opera conductors, David Brophy (Turandot), conducting the Irish Chamber Orchestra, alongside the award-winning creative team of Director Oliver Mears, Designer Annemarie Woods (recently nominated for the Designer Award at 2016’s prestigious International Opera Awards), and Lighting Designer Kevin Treacy.

A co-production between Northern Ireland Opera and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
Irish première. Sung in English.

Festival of Voice

Northern Ireland Opera returns to the historic coastal village of Glenarm in Co. Antrim for the sixth annual Festival of Voice. This year’s festival, in partnership with BBC Radio 3, includes a recital with Belfast soprano Aoife Miskelly and Warrenpoint baritone Aaron O’Hare (winner of the 2015 Festival of Voice), the Glens of Antrim Singing Explorers, a week-long programme of activities for local school children introducing them to opera, and the Festival of Voice 2016 Gala Final, featuring five of the brightest young talents from across Ireland competing for the coveted title of Northern Ireland Opera’s Voice of 2016.

Sponsored by Worthingtons Solicitors.

Left to Right: David Wilson, Worthingtons Solicitors, Aoife Miskelly, Soprano, Noírín McKinney, Arts Council NI, Richard Yarr, BBC NI, and Oliver Mears, Northern Ireland Opera

Oliver Mears, Artistic Director, Northern Ireland Opera, said: “We are very excited to announce Northern Ireland Opera’s new season, which will present two of the most celebrated works in the operatic repertoire alongside two Irish premieres. Now in its sixth year, Northern Ireland Opera has cemented its place as one of the UK’s most exciting and innovative opera companies, and we hope this new season will continue to put Northern Ireland on the map as a centre for operatic excellence. We are delighted to maintain our collaborations with arts organisations both north and south of the border to bring audiences across Ireland opera productions of the highest quality, showcasing the best in national and international talent, whilst maintaining our remit of affording real opportunities to aspiring young Irish singers.”

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added: “Northern Ireland
Opera is one of our best artistic companies whose work truly celebrates and champions the quality of the arts sector here regionally, nationally and internationally. The Arts Council is proud to support this innovative organisation who continue to provide high-quality programming, invaluable developmental opportunities for local singers and excellent outreach programmes. Congratulations to all in developing this terrific new season.”

Left to Right: Aoife Miskelly, Soprano, and Noírín McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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