Artist Development Programme

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST NOW OPEN – DEADLINE 17 JUNE 2022

Kia ora,

Expressions of Interest are sought from singers, répétiteurs, conductors, directors and designers for the 2023 New Zealand Opera Artist Development Programme.

Auditions for singers will be held on Sunday 3 July at the NZ Opera Studio in Parnell.  The panel will consist of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa ONZ CH DBE AC,  Joanne Cole, Thomas de Mallet Burgess, Mark W Dorrell and Robert Wiremu.

Online submissions will also be considered.

The programme will provide specifically tailored training, professional mentorship, internship and professional engagements for a small number of individuals interested in working with New Zealand’s national opera company.

To apply please send a brief overview of your experience and what you hope to gain from a year of intense professional development (one page maximum) by Friday 17 June.  Singers, please attach a digital recording or link to one aria with your initial application. Note there is no specific age limitation for this programmeApplications are open to New Zealand resident applications.

Nau mai, haere mai!

 

Photo credit: Natasha Te Rupe Wilson as Purea in Ihitai’Avei’a – Star Navigator, former Dame Malvina Major Foundation Emerging Artist.
Photographer: Grant Triplow

ABOUT THE NEW ZEALAND OPERA ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

New Zealand Opera is committed to nurturing artists at every stage of their development within a creative context that celebrates opera as an art form, as an industry and as a means to enrich the cultural life of Aotearoa. The company produces opera in a number of different formats including productions of size and scale (mainscale); festival productions; site-specific productions, chamber productions, digital opera, operas in concert and the commissioning and development of new work.

New Zealand Opera is reshaping its Artist Development Programme to support a professional development programme for New Zealand resident artists in different areas of specialisation including singing, directing and conducting to work in opera alongside and within the Company’s programme.

The New Zealand Opera Artist Development Programme will provide specifically tailored training, professional mentorship, internship and professional engagements for singers, répétiteurs, conductors, directors, designers and composers that takes account of the specialised skills required for opera.  Programmes will be specifically tailored to the needs and requirements of individuals whose success will be key to the future development of opera in New Zealand.

Individuals may apply for the New Zealand Opera Artist Development Programme. Depending upon the individual’s expertise, they will join the Company for a determined period of time during which they will undergo both training and development as part of a specially tailored apprenticeship. For example:

 

The Marriage of Figaro. Photo credit: David Rowland

 

Opera in Schools, St. Mary’s Rotorua. Photo credit: Andrew Gordon

Singers / ngā Kaiwaiata – (up to 4 selected per year)

Singers / ngā Kaiwaiata may understudy and/or be cast in productions as appropriate. New Zealand Opera will provide bespoke coaching, masterclasses and mentorship. The programme may include:

  • Preparing and performing roles on stage either as principals or as understudy (as appropriate)
  • Advanced dramatic performance skills
  • Advanced musical style and repertoire skills (including recitative)
  • Preparing for stage combat and movement
  • Audition techniques
  • Languages
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Mental health & wellbeing
  • Financial health
  • Professional career guidance
  • Assistance with auditioning for Young Artist Programmes
  • Individual coaching, masterclasses and mentorship

Directors / Kaihautū (up to one selected per year)

Directors / Kaihautū  will participate in opera rehearsals as assistants to directors and will then develop and lead small-scale projects from concept to performance. As their craft develops so will the opportunities to create work for or supported by the Company.

 

Thomas de Mallet Burgess (Director) & Eleanor Bishop (Assistant Director) from The Turn of the Screw. Photo credit: Michael Bradley

 

Wardrobe team from The Marriage of Figaro. Photo credit: Grant Triplow

Designers / Kaihoahoa Whakaaturanga (up to one selected per year)

Designers / Kaihoahoa Whakaaturanga will assist professional opera designers from design concept phase onwards and will then develop and lead small-scale projects from concept to performance. As their craft develops so will the opportunities to create work for or supported by the Company.

Writers and composers / Kaituhi Me Ngā Kaititotito (up to one selected per year)

Writers and composers / Kaituhi and Kaititotito will receive mentorship and an opportunity to work on projects of increasing complexity leading, where appropriate, to the commissioning of work.

 

Amanda Kennedy (left),  Luke Di Somma & Livi Reihana, the creative team from The Unruly Tourists. Photo credit: Grant Triplow

 

Conductor Zoe Zeniodi with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, The Marriage of Figaro

Répétiteurs and conductors / Kaiwhakaako Waiata Me Ngā Pūkawe (up to one selected per year)

Répétiteurs and conductors / Kaiwhakaako Waiata and Pūkawe will be mentored by the Head of Music and guest conductors alongside a programme of classes and masterclasses. There will be opportunities to assist and participate in rehearsals and productions as well as collaborating with other developing artists on projects.