Search
Opera Centre

Job Vacancies

Opera Australia regularly advertises job vacancies in such as areas as artist management, orchestral management, music and language coaching, technical support, manufacturing, general administration, and education.

All advertised positions are placed on this Opera Australia website. Positions are usually advertised on ArtsHub, and often on sites such as Seek but less frequently in the press. For some jobs, professional association newsletters are also used to get the word out about vacant positions.


Job Vacancies

Call for Crew — Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: La Bohème

Call for Project Staff Opportunities  — Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: La Bohème

Head of Lighting

Publicist — Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Production Manager — Major Projects

Finance Business Partner

Mechanist Supervisor — Flyman


Head of Lighting

Opera Australia is recruiting for an experienced Head of Lighting to join the Technical Services Department on a full-time permanent basis. This role will establish safe and smooth operation of the Lighting Department though the installation, rehearsal and performance periods. This position will be required to liaise directly with the lighting supply company and hired labour company. The Head of Lighting is responsible for the Deputy Head of Lighting, casual lighting staff and Lighting System Technician. 

Our ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience working as a Head of Lighting or equivalent, have experience managing the lighting requirements of a theatre or festival site, possess practical knowledge of the operation of various lighting desks, coupled with excellent organisation and communication skills, and management experience. Knowledge and sound understanding of safe work practices are essential, along with demonstrated ability to work under pressure. 

For a detailed position description, please refer to the attached PDF. This is a full-time, permanent position.

Applications close 23 November 2017.

No recruitment agencies. Only applicants with full Australian working rights are eligible for this position.

Download the position description (pdf)

APPLY NOW


Call for Crew — Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: La Bohème

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns in 2018 with the world’s most popular opera, Puccini’s La Bohème. The purpose built opera house will accommodate a 30m x 24m stage, two sound and lighting towers and an access walkway on Farm Cove. Fleet Steps will house a seating structure for approximately 3,000 people, four general admission catering areas, a platinum dining area, public amenities and backstage facilities. The purpose built venue will host 26 performances with the venue opening to ticket holders from 5pm for a 7.30pm performance.

Performances are held Tuesday to Sunday, commencing at 7.30pm to approximately 10.25pm (subject to production) with one 35 minute interval. Opening night is 23 March and closing 22 April 2018. 

Applications are due by 9:00am on 20 November 2017

Please provide a cover letter of no more than two A4 pages which addresses the selection criteria and a resume of no more than four A4 pages. If you are interested in more than one role, please provide a separate submission for each role.

Overview:
Call for Crew Overview

Positions: 
Wigs Maintenance
Accessible Needs Attendant Lift Operator
Assistant Front of House Manager
Assistant Stage Manager Sound
Assistant Stage Manager
Deputy Head Mechanist
Dresser
Followspot Operator
Front of House Manager
Head of Lighting
Lead Followspot Opereator
Lighting Technician
Mechanist
Platinum Club Host
Props Assistant
Site Crew
Sound Fitter
Stage and Site Carpenter
Surtitle Operator
Ticket Scanner
Wardrobe Maintenance
Wigs Assistant

APPLY NOW


Call for Project Staff Opportunities — Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: La Bohème

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns in 2018 with the world’s most popular opera, Puccini’s La Bohème. The purpose built opera house will accommodate a 30m x 24m stage, two sound and lighting towers and an access walkway on Farm Cove. Fleet Steps will house a seating structure for approximately 3,000 people, four general admission catering areas, a platinum dining area, public amenities and backstage facilities. The purpose built venue will host 26 performances with the venue opening to ticket holders from 5pm for a 7.30pm performance.

Performances are held Tuesday to Sunday, commencing at 7.30pm to approximately 10.25pm (subject to production) with one 35 minute interval. Opening night is 23 March and closing 22 April 2018. 

Applications are due by 9:00am on 20 November 2017

Please provide a cover letter of no more than two A4 pages which addresses the selection criteria and a resume of no more than four A4 pages. If you are interested in more than one role, please provide a separate submission for each role.

Overview:
Project Staff Opportunties Overview

Positions: 
Site and Communications Officer
Company and Production Coordinator
Project Assistant Front of House Operations
Project Assistant
Operations Assistant

APPLY NOW


Publicist — Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour has gained a reputation as one the world’s greatest outdoor opera events. Now in its seventh year, the annual event has cemented itself as a highlight of the Australian cultural calendar, attracting more than 250,000 attendees from around Australia and across the globe since it launched in 2011.

We are seeking a Publicist to drive publicity for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour 2018 – La Bohème. This is a 20-week, in-house, full-time contract from early December 2017 – end April 2018.

Applicants will have at least 4 years’ experience in performing arts, events, tourism and entertainment publicity, in Sydney. Applicants must have contacts in entertainment, news, arts & travel media and expertise in social media. Knowledge of classical music/opera is an advantage but not essential.

The successful applicant will join a small, busy PR team for the duration, and will need to implement an existing plan with clear KPI's, while progressing new opportunities. The right candidate will be rewarded with fantastic career progression, several on-the-job perks, and a great team.

Applications close on 20 November 2017.

Only applicants with full Australian Working Rights are eligible for this role. No recruitment agencies.

Download position description (pdf)

APPLY NOW

Enquiries: Janet Glover (02) 9318 8246


Production Manager — Major Projects

Opera Australia is recruiting for a highly experienced and organised Production Manager to join our Major Projects team on a fixed term, full-time basis. The Major Projects department is responsible for the development and implementation of large scale projects, including Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House – The Opera, Opera on the Beach and many others. This position will be responsible for supporting the Senior Site & Technical Production Manager in the development and successful implementation of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and other projects produced by the Major Projects team to high artistic and technical standards.  The role will be responsible for the overall planning, management and coordination of the necessary technical production requirements and services as required.

Our ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in a production management role, possess sound organisational and administrative skills and experience with strong attention to detail, and have demonstrated experience in WH&S, MS Office, AutoCAD, Vectorworks, and similar drawing programs. You will also possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, having dealt with employees, stakeholders, and suppliers at all levels, including the demonstration of flexibility and initiative.

This is a full-time fixed term role for 1 year, with immediate start. Applications close 1 December 2017.

The successful applicant will join a creative, hands-on and very motivated team, thriving on productivity and excellence. The right candidate will be rewarded with fantastic career progression, several on-the-job perks, and a great team.

Only applicants with full Australian Working Rights are eligible for this role. No recruitment agencies.

Download position description (pdf)

APPLY NOW


Finance Business Partner

Opera Australia is recruiting for a highly experienced and organised Finance Business Partner to join our Finance team on a fixed term, full-time basis. This key role encompasses a high level focus on financial systems that deliver financial, Operational and board reports, dashboards, and specific tailored reporting to certain business areas. Responsibilities include providing input into business intelligence and corporate performance management software, finance system integration, training and supporting users, providing commercial insight and financial advice to support senior managers  in planning and decision making for budgets. This role will also build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, provide high quality, accurate and timely management reports, analysis and insights into variances, trends and risks, and develop effective financial models, budgets and forecasts.

Our ideal candidate will have relevant and recognised qualifications in accounting with a minimum of 6 years’ experience in similar position. Financial modelling experience is essential, with exceptional analytical skills and a passion for data, coupled with a strong work ethic and the motivation to make a difference.

This is a full-time fixed term role for 1 year, with immediate start. Applications close 17 November 2017.

Only applicants with full Australian Working Rights are eligible for this role. No recruitment agencies.

Download the position description (pdf)

APPLY NOW


Mechanist Supervisor — Flyman

Opera Australia is recruiting for a highly experienced and knowledgeable Mechanist Supervisor – Flyman to join our Technical Services team on a fixed term, full-time basis. The Mechanist Supervisor – Flyman will establish safe and smooth stage operation, specifically between act and set changes, and supervise the maintenance and running of stage machinery. This position will be required to implement technical ground plans, manage set changes under the direction of the Head Mechanist, manage consumables and materials required, and also liaise with the Production Manager, Lighting Department, Design Office, and Head of Workshop. This position will be based in Sydney, but will require some interstate travel to Victoria, and other states if necessary.

Our ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in a similar role, possess general knowledge and understanding in carpentry, welding, use of general power tools, and proven experience in the application of theatrical rigging techniques. You must also have the ability to work autonomously using appropriate techniques and equipment, and possess advanced experience with Rope access, and installing and operating chain motors. Desirable qualifications are a Rigging High Risk Work Licence (Intermediate or Advanced), a Yellow Card, a “WP High Risk Work Licence” to operate a boom type elevated work platform (boom length 11 metres or more), and completion of a “Work Safely at Heights RIIWHS204D” course. You will also possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, having dealt with employees, stakeholders, and suppliers at all levels, including the demonstration of flexibility and initiative.

The successful applicant will join a fast-paced, hands-on and very hard working team, thriving on efficiency and stage perfection. The right candidate will be rewarded with fantastic career progression, several on-the-job perks, and a great team.

This is a full-time fixed term role for 1 year, with view to become permanent. Applications close 8 December 2017.

Only applicants with full Australian Working Rights are eligible for this role. No recruitment agencies.

Download position description (pdf)

APPLY NOW