Assistant Director

13th January 2022

Nevill Holt Opera

Nevill Holt Opera is looking for an Assistant Director to assist Anna Morrissey on our production of Il barbière di Siviglia this upcoming season.

Job Description      

Job title: Assistant Director
Production: Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Dates: 16 May – 23 June and 1 – 3 July 2022 
Responsible to: Anna Morrissey (Director)
Location: London / Nevill Holt 
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Closing date: 10am on 24 January 2022 


Main purpose of job and key responsibilities

The Assistant Director for Nevill Holt Opera’s production of Il barbière di Siviglia will assist Director Anna Morrissey in ensuring and facilitating a smooth running of the rehearsal room, at the production site and for the touring of the production to Newcastle, as well as playing a vital part in the production’s creative process. The Assistant Director will also work with cover roles. You will work closely with the creative team, the cast and the NHO team. 


Person specification

An ideal candidate will have:

  • A track record of assisting in opera productions 
  • Experience organising and publishing rehearsal schedules
  • A strong musical knowledge and literacy
  • The ability to work confidently and fluently with Italian text
  • The ability to take initiative and be a positive team player
  • Strong organisation skills 
  • The ability to communicate production concepts to artists 
  • A basic understanding of opera and theatre technical practices 


Terms and Conditions

This role is a fixed-term opportunity.

Hours: The Assistant Director will be needed during the period 16 May 2022 – 23 June and 1-3 July 2022. The rehearsal period in London takes place between 16 May and 11 June. Rehearsals at Nevill Holt begin on 18 June, with performances on 23, 25, 26, 28, 29 June.  The Assistant Director will only be required for the first performance. The production then tours to Newcastle for two performances on the 2 and 3 July. Meetings with the Director will be arranged directly with Anna Morrissey prior to the season. 

Fee: £3,500

Travel: All accommodation and travel outside London is provided by Nevill Holt Opera. 

Interviews: Candidates must be available for a zoom meeting with Anna Morrissey on 28th January 2022. 

Nevill Holt Opera is committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. We especially welcome and encourage applications from under-represented groups in the industry. 

Nevill Holt Opera

Nevill Holt Opera runs an annual summer opera and music festival in its RIBA Award-winning theatre in Leicestershire, alongside extensive year-round education and community programmes across the Midlands.

To apply for the role, please send a CV and cover letter detailing your experience and suitability for the position to Rachel Webber ( before the closing date.

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