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Head of Music

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Job details

New Zealand Opera
29 May 2020
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification


As New Zealand’s national opera company, we are working to re-imagine opera and transform the world of our audience through an experience of the art form that connects, engages and empowers reflection on our human condition. We now have an exciting opportunity for a talented Head of Music to contribute to the future of opera in Aotearoa.

The Head of Music will be responsible for organising the delivery of all musical aspects of New Zealand Opera’s work, including our artist development programme and our three choruses.  This full time position will report to the Director Artistic Operations and liaise directly with the General Director.

We are looking for a genuinely collaborative and lateral thinking person with the following other principal 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
  • Proven ability in coaching artists including international singers and emerging artists
  • Knowledge and experience of casting
  • Experienced opera pianist with the skills to play for concerts and events
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to understand and respond to the needs of funders and other stakeholders.

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. 


How to apply

To request a full job description email

To apply, please email your CV along with a cover letter detailing your suitability for the role to

Enquiries to

Applications close at 5.00 pm on 29 May 2020.


Written by

New Zealand Opera

6 May 2020

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.