Development Officer

As OperaUpClose’s activities and ambitions continue to grow, we are seeking to appoint a committed and talented individual to the role of Development Officer to enable us to deliver our growing programme of work. We want someone who is passionate about raising the funds, which are essential to our delivering high-quality and accessible operas and participation programmes. The right candidate will be an integral and valued part of our very small team of staff, committed to learning new skills and generating ideas and income.

OperaUpClose is an ambitious, inclusive, Olivier Award-winning touring opera company. We produce high quality, innovatively staged, unintimidating and affordable English language productions. We commission composers to write new orchestrations, and librettists to write new English versions of classic large-scale operas, working with exciting directors to create productions that challenge and excite and, where necessary, confront some of the sexist, racist or other outdated baggage which hampers otherwise great works of art. We produce operas for children, and learning and participation opportunities for people of all ages.

Our mission is to show that opera is a vibrant, living artform that everyone can enjoy and be inspired by. There is a place for people of all genders, ethnicities, backgrounds and economic means as part of the audience; as performers; and behind the scenes, at our productions. We encourage people who are unfamiliar with opera to try it by strategically breaking down barriers that prevent them from doing so. We provide opportunities for existing opera audiences to engage with classic operas in new ways and discover new music and artists. We want to diversify the audience and makers of opera, which in turn will result in the most exciting, resilient and relevant artform for the future.

In 2019, we will be producing a new production of Maria Stuarda, touring to historic venues including Charterhouse and Glastonbury Abbey; Peace At Last, a new opera for 3-5 year olds based on Jill Murphy’s classic picture book; and a revival of our Olivier Award-winning production of La Bohème to celebrate our ten year anniversary. In 2020 we will premiere a new version of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly, with a new orchestration featuring Japanese instruments by Ruth Chan.

Working from offices in East London you’ll be part of a small team dedicated to touring high quality opera, participation and audience development programmes across the UK and beyond. The Development Officer will work with the Chief Executive to shape and deliver our fundraising strategy; lead on application writing and reporting to trusts and foundations, and to Arts Council England; and deliver and grow our individual giving programme. You will be responsible for fundraising for OperaUpClose’s ambitious programme, working with the Chief Executive to raise at least £250k per year from grants, individual giving and sponsorship.

Salary: £22,000-24,000 p.a., depending on experience
Deadline for applications: 10am on Tuesday 27th November 2018

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