Careers and Auditions

Work with Victorian Opera

Victorian Opera is one of the most exciting arts companies in Australia. We are committed to presenting creative and accessible opera for everyone, and evolving the art form in adventurous ways. We present rarely heard repertoire, operatic masterpieces and new Australian works, inspiring audiences with an imaginative approach to opera.

Artistic Director

Since 2005 Victorian Opera has been a pacesetter in Australia's performing arts. It has taken a bold and innovative approach to reaching audiences of both opera and musical theatre; working with some of the finest local singers; and collaborating with leading companies, venues and learning institutions in Melbourne, Tasmania, and across regional Victoria.

Victorian Opera recently announced that Richard Mills, AM, the Company’s highly acclaimed Artistic Director since 2013, will be stepping down from the position in 2023. The Company is now seeking its new Artistic Director to lead the company forward into a new and even more dynamic future.

Reporting to the Board on artistic and music-related matters and to the Chief Executive Officer on day-to-day operational and administrative matters, the Artistic Director will above all be a change-maker, shaping the Company’s artistic direction and creating an imaginative and ground-breaking program of operatic and other musical performances.

The Artistic Director will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer to create and implement a long-term vision for Victorian Opera and be central to the development of programs of the highest theatrical, musical and educational standards. We expect that Victorian Opera’s next Artistic Director will have an established record of achievement in music and opera exemplified by a significant reputation across the arts. The Artistic Director will also have a passion for the art form and its possibilities for innovation including the engagement of digital technology that will re-imagine the future of opera and musical theatre for everyone.

For more information about the role of Artistic Director at Victorian Opera, please contact Justin Macdonnell, Executive Director, Anzarts Institute on +61 438 443 459 or Ms Jackie Besley, Managing Partner, Devereaux Consulting for a confidential conversation on +61 413 633 195.

Alternatively, to request the candidate prospectus, please email victorianopera@devereauxconsulting.com

Applications close on Friday April 29, COB.

Production Manager

The role of Production Manager works as part of the VO Production Team, working closely with the Head of Production and the production Creatives. The Production Manager will be responsible for delivering all delegated technical requirements of VO productions and events to the highest artistic and technical standards. VO productions will be delivered on time and within budget, complying with EHS policy and procedures, while also successfully disseminating production information and documentation to the relevant staff and stakeholders. The Production Manager will have a strong staging, mechanist and rigging background.

For more information about the role of Production Manager at Victorian Opera, please email recruitment@victorianopera.com.au 

Applications close on Wednesday May 11, COB.

Grants Executive

The Grants Executive role works within the Development Department and reports to the Head of Development. The position is responsible for delivering Government, Trusts and Foundation funding objectives and budget expectations. The position is also required to deliver on set KPI’s and comply with all company procedural policies. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in delivering successful grant applications, a strong understanding of online grant writing procedures and a knowledge of/experienced in government reporting.

Government, Trusts and Foundation Grants 

  • Monitor all current company Government funding, lead and write all new Government funding applications and all acquittal reports, and ensure all contractual obligations with our Government funding partners are initiated in an efficient, effective and timely manner 
  • Maintain current Trust and Foundation funders whilst identifying new funding opportunities 
  • Research, prepare and write funding applications to Trusts and Foundations and submit applications within time frame requirements
  • Maintain a clear schedule of due funding proposal opportunities and acquittal reporting documents and deliver accordingly
  • Nurture and build relationships with Government funders, Trusts and Foundations, and demonstrate ability to communicate Victorian Opera projects and programs at the highest level
  • Ensure appropriate acknowledgement of all funders is displayed on the company website, brochures, programmes, and other marketing material in line with contractual agreements
  • Update and maintain accurate records for Government funders, Trusts, and Foundations, and their representatives in CRM (Tessitura)

Other duties

  • Create standardised audience, participant, and peer review survey evaluations that collect relevant data and provide valuable insight into perceptions of Victorian Opera’s programs and activities for the purposes of all reporting
  • Extrapolate data from survey responses and report on individual programs to their direct funders
  • Continue to develop and review independent annual reports with Culture Counts for reporting purposes
  • Work closely with and support the Education Manager to ensure education program survey data is accurately collated for acquittal reporting, and proofread all documents
  • Work closely with the CRM and Ticketing Executive to ensure statistical data for Government, Trusts and Foundations reporting readily is available and accurate
  • Create additional reports from data in Tessitura Analytics as required and engage in analytics data
  • Provide relevant research support to the Philanthropy Executive as required
  • Assist with Development Events, Functions, Opening Nights etc as required
  • Assist the Head of Development in any activity or task relating to the running of the department as required on a daily basis

To apply, please phone Louise O'Loughlin, Head of Development, on 0403 584 940 or email louise@victorianopera.com.au.

Applicants will need to submit a curriculum vitae detailing relevant experience and a brief cover letter outlining your submission for an interview.

Applications close on Wednesday 15 June COB.

Technical Manager

The role of Technical Manager works as part of the VO Production Team, working with the Head of Production, Production Manager and the production Creatives. The Technical Manager will be responsible for delivering all delegated technical requirements of VO productions and events to the highest artistic and technical standards. VO productions will be delivered on time and within budget, complying with EHS policy and procedures, while also successfully disseminating production information and documentation to the relevant staff and stakeholders. 

For more information about the role of Technical Manager at Victorian Opera, please email recruitment@victorianopera.com.au 

Applications close on Wednesday May 11, COB.