NZ Opera Internships
At New Zealand Opera we consider it one of our key roles to identify talented New Zealand singers and provide them with support through the many stages of their operatic career. This may involve giving young singers exposure to a working opera environment, bringing young New Zealanders back to sing roles after a period of overseas study or giving the opportunity for New Zealand based singers to continue to develop their skills.
Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artists (EA)
Up to four New Zealand based artists, either singers or répétiteurs will be selected for this internship. The singers may be given small roles and understudies, given the opportunity to sing in New Zealand Opera branded concerts and can be part of the NZ Opera chorus. Vocal, stagecraft and language coaching will be provided. Répétiteurs will have the opportunity to play for rehearsals and New Zealand Opera concerts, as well as coaching with visiting répétiteurs, coaches and conductors. The internship period ideally covers at least six months in total, focussing mainly on the main stage production periods. Selection is by audition.
Dame Malvina Major Young Artist (YA)
One singer will be chosen to undertake role(s) in main stage productions for NZ Opera. Typically this will be a young singer just becoming established or a returning past Emerging Artist. The Young Artist will receive music and language coaching and performance support as deemed necessary. The internship period covers at least six months, focussing mainly on the main stage production periods. Application is by invitation.
Freemasons Resident Artists (RA)
Artists who are New Zealand permanent residents and are in the top echelon of the domestic singing scene are able to audition to be become a Freemasons Resident Artist. These artists may be suitable for roles and understudies, may be given opportunities to sing in NZ Opera branded concerts and can be part of the Freemasons NZ OPERA Chorus. These artists will also be able to apply to become a Freemason Opera Scholar. Based on individual needs these scholarships provide funding to allow the artist to develop and maintain their craft.