Chorus Master

  • Deadline : Fri 19 Aug 2022 05:00pm
  • Interviews/Audition - 2 stage process w/c : Mon 3 Oct 2022

Welsh National Opera shares the power of live opera with audiences and communities across Wales and England – in theatres, in neighbourhoods and online.

We are currently seeking a Chorus Master to join the Music Department at Welsh National Opera. The role is responsible for ensuring the highest quality of musical preparation and delivery of the Chorus for opera performances, concerts, recordings and WNO Youth and Community activities. In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for the musical standard and artistic development of the Chorus.

The role includes supervising all the work of the Chorus to achieve the maximum effectiveness as part of the wider artistic ensemble. This includes balancing artistic ambition with necessary financial management.


Some of the responsibilities that you will have include, but are not limited to:

  • To rehearse the Chorus in preparation for opera performances, concerts, recordings and to support WNO Programmes and Engagement initiatives and activity.
  • To conduct and oversee the Chorus at rehearsals and to play the piano for own chorus rehearsals as required.
  • To liaise with the Chorus Manager and the Chorus and Orchestra Director on matters relating to the administration of the Chorus. 
  • To attend all relevant artistic planning and budget meetings requiring artistic decision-making.
  • To contribute to all scheduling decisions in relation to Chorus rehearsals and performances, flowing from all such discussion.
  • To conduct backstage choral elements of main stage productions and undertake non-choral backstage musical elements as required. This might include playing keyboard as required by the Head of Music and Casting Advisor.
  • To be fully involved (including as a choral conductor) in Chorus Concerts as required by the Chorus and Orchestra Director – including programming such events in association with relevant colleagues. To be fully involved in the planning of the Chorus for Orchestra-based Concerts.


The ideal candidate will have the following skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Highly organised and motivated with the ability to motivate others
  • Very strong knowledge of operatic repertoire
  • Excellent Choral Conductor
  • Accomplished pianistic skills
  • Languages - solid working knowledge and experience of working in Italian, German and French
  • Some experience of coaching singers and an understanding of vocal technique
  • Administrative and organisational skills
  • Computer literacy – Word, Outlook
  • An understanding of current Health & Safety practice relevant to the role
  • A flexible approach to the requirements of the job.
  • Concert Programming experience for Choral work*
  • Working with singers in other operatic languages – eg. Russian and Czech*
  • Experience of working as a member of music staff in an opera company*
  • Ability to travel independently within the UK and abroad.


Points marked with an asterisk (*) are desirable rather than essential.

To apply please provide a CV along with a covering letter specifying their skills and experience for the role to

Welsh National Opera is an Equal Opportunities Employer and a Registered Charity.  We encourage people from any background to apply for vacancies.  We are committed to creating a workforce which is representative of society and brings together people with a variety of skills and experiences to help shape what we do and how we work. We are particularly keen to hear from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled candidates.