Seize this unique leadership opportunity with Scottish Opera, making a meaningful and lasting contribution to their vision of new and revival opera productions.
Scottish Opera is Scotland’s national opera company and the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland.
The Company was founded in 1962 by Sir Alexander Gibson with the goal ‘to lay the treasures of opera at the feet of the people of Scotland’, opening with performances of Madama Butterfly and Pelléas et Mélisande. The Company celebrated its 60th Anniversary in the 2022/23 season.
Scottish Opera’s performance repertoire ranges across five centuries, from the earliest operas to newly commissioned world premieres, balancing favourites with under-explored works. The Company collaborates with the world’s finest singers and creatives, together with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera and choruses for each opera.
Recent accolades include a South Bank Sky Arts Award, a Scottish Award for New Music, Sunday Herald Culture Awards, a 2017 UK Theatre Award, and a 2020 RPS Award. In recent years, the Company took operas to Brooklyn in 2017 and Adelaide in 2020. The 2022/23 season saw productions first staged at Scottish Opera appearing in Santa Fe, Seville, Valladolid, Toulouse, Detroit and Los Angeles. The 60th Anniversary Season included the UK fully staged premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar and the Company premiere of Puccini’s Il Trittico.
The Company tours extensively across Scotland to ensure performances are within reach of as many of the country’s dispersed population as possible. This is one of the most extensive touring programmes of any European opera company and a much-valued contribution to Scotland’s cultural and artistic life, particularly in remote and island communities.
“A strong and inventive Carmen which is bound to wow audiences throughout Scotland’ and marking Gringyte and Alok Kumar (Don José) as ‘superb throughout”.
The Telegraph, Bizet - Carmen 2023
Scottish Opera is committed to making opera for all, presenting opera at the highest possible standards in theatres across the country, outdoors, on tour, and to digital audiences around the world. The Company’s 2021 production of The Gondoliers, filmed live at Festival Theatre Edinburgh, is available on BBC iPlayer.
Along with its education and outreach programme, Scottish Opera aims to be inclusive and affordable through availability of free and cheap tickets, as well as performances offering audio description and specially-devised shorter Access performances.
Scottish Opera’s On Screen productions are available to watch here. The collection includes Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Menotti’s The Telephone, The Diary of One Who Disappeared, Mister MacNeep Has Lost His Sheep, and Samuel Bordoli and Jenni Fagan’s The Narcissistic Fish.
Renowned for their flexibility and craftsmanship, Scottish Opera productions are frequently presented by opera houses across the globe. Two of our 60th Anniversary productions are presented by Welsh National Opera: Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar is in Cardiff, Llandudno, Bristol, Plymouth, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Southampton from September to November 2023. Puccini’s Il trittico can be seen in Cardiff in June 2024.
“David McVicar’s atmospheric production of Puccini’s triptych gains from magnificent performances by Roland Wood and, in her company debut, Sunyoung Seo.”
Puccini Il Trittico 2023
Following on from a run at the Opera Comique in Paris, Detroit Opera will perform our 2019 production of Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves in April 2024. In addition, our 2014 production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale will be performed in Canada by Vancouver Opera in February 2024, and the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto in April and May 2024.
Scottish Opera is supported by the Scottish Government.
“Skilfully cast and sung – tenor Shengzhi Ren a particular stand out – and beautifully played, this was the Scottish premiere of Strauss’s late one-act opera.”
Strauss Daphne 2022
The Production Manager will organise the technical requirements for both new and revival main scale opera productions and operas in concert, as well as overseeing production hires and special projects. The role involves managing the design realisation process, health and safety, manufacture, and technical touring requirements for productions. This will include liaison with creative teams to ensure designs can be delivered within budget and timescales to meet touring requirements; coordinating manufacture of designs by Scottish Opera’s workshops and external suppliers; recruiting and managing technical staff required for projects.
When not the primary Production Manager for the above activities, they will provide support to freelance Production Managers, where applicable, by assisting in the coordination between the various production departments to ensure projects are delivered within budget, timescale, and operational resources, to the highest standard possible.
In addition, they will contribute to the general management of the technical department and the Production Studios facilities.
The production manager’s key areas of responsibility are as follows:
Please see the full job description by filling in your details on the ‘how to apply’ page.
With a thorough understanding of the theatre production process, the ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in a theatrical production management role. They will have a good understanding of scenic construction techniques and technical theatre requirements for large scale productions. They will have good communication skills and be adaptable and agile member of the team, responsive and engaging in their work.
With a good knowledge of current health and safety legislation for the entertainment industry, they will ideally be IOSH certified. Possessing scrupulous organisation skills, excellent attention to detail, good planning and time management skills, they will be ready, equipped and eager to lead the team at Scottish Opera, contributing positively to its culture and upholding its standards of excellence.
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Hours of work
39 hours, Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m., with a 1-hour unpaid lunch break and / or dinner break.
You will be required to work outside of these hours, depending upon operational requirements, including the occasional need for weekend working. Overtime payments will not be made, but appropriate lieu time will be given.
My name is Alex Reedijk. I have had the great pleasure of leading Scottish Opera as General Director since 2006.
Scottish Opera is a unique and exciting place to work with fantastic, clever and skilled people who are at the heart of all that we do.
We work with an array of international directors, artists, musicians, and locally based multi-skilled artisans in our own workshops to present high-quality, acclaimed opera productions.
This is an opportunity to work as our new Production Manager alongside our Technical Director — we produce a mixture of new productions and revivals for audiences across Scotland, as well as hires for audiences internationally.
If you are interested in working with us and have the qualities and skills we are looking for, please engage with Peridot who will assist you on your journey.
We look forward to welcoming and working with the right candidate.
We understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities. We offer the following amenities:
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Closing date: 9 a.m. Thursday 11th January 2024
Candidates informed of outcome: by 5.p.m. Thursday 18th January 2024
First stage interviews: Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th January 2024
Final stage interviews: Thursday 1st February 2024
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