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Ireland's National Touring Opera Company

"Ireland’s premier purveyor of quality operatic productions." Opera Britannia

Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Established in 1986, Opera Theatre Company (OTC) is Ireland's National Touring Opera Company, bringing professional opera to venues across the island of Ireland, and representing Irish opera on the international stage. Read More About OTC… OTC is proud to announce its new programme OPERA HUB


Developing and championing the next generation of Ireland’s opera artists – singers – directors – designers – conductors – composers – librettists – répétiteurs – producers  OPERA HUB is a structured programme offered by Opera Theatre Company designed to provide a platform for the creative work of opera professionals in Ireland, both emerging and established.

Opera Theatre Company is Ireland’s national touring opera company, performing innovative opera productions in venues throughout Ireland. The company has had notable successes over its three decades, and has toured internationally on many occasions. OTC has pioneered both established and innovative repertoire and recently co-produced The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with Rough Magic Theatre Company with the benefit of a Sky Arts Ignition award. OTC is funded annually by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

OTC is pleased to announce this new programme – OTC OPERA HUB – designed to offer new opportunities to professional artists across diverse areas of opera creation and performance. The programme will be of interest to both young emerging artists and to more established professionals.

OTC OPERA HUB is open to singers, répétiteurs, conductors, directors, designers, composers, librettists and producers.  This is a new programme and is open to all artists including those that have previously been Young Associate Artists of OTC.

The aim is to establish a collective of up to six artists across different disciplines that will work together as a unit to devise and deliver activities as part of OTC’s annual programme of work.

The intention is that OTC OPERA HUB will work across three potential areas (not all artists may be involved in all areas):

  1. Participation in OTC’s principal Touring Productions as members of cast, chorus, understudies, music or production teams as appropriate
  1. Devising and delivering Opera Projects that will be specific showcases for OTC Affiliate Artists. These may involve new compositions, or the presentation of existing repertoire. These projects will be conceived and developed by OTC in conjunction with OPERA HUB artists.
  1. The development of a range of Partnerships with third-party organisations such as, theatres, concert venues, festivals, performing organisations etc. Partnerships can include training & professional development opportunities, project development (such as work on the development of a new opera) as well as performance opportunities. Again these opportunities will be developed in partnership with the OTC OPERA HUB and will be shaped to reflect the particular strengths of the artists.

OTC OPERA HUB positions will be offered for either one or two years, beginning in Sept 2014.

The OTC OPERA HUB programme replaces the former OTC Young Associate Artists Programme. The new programme, however, will still involve coaching for singers from Ann Murray and Brenda Hurley, who have worked on the previous programme since its inception.

A key element of the OTC OPERA HUB programme will be that all artists will participate in the design and delivery of all aspects of the work. It is intended that part of this programme will enable and equip opera practitioners to learn skills of self-management, thereby providing a bridge to a more diverse and productive career. OPERA HUB artists themselves will shape the overall design of their work.

The programme is not designed for people in full-time education.

How to Apply

Please send a one-page letter of interest together with an up-to-date CV to Friday 25th July.

The letter of interest should address why you would like to participate in this programme and what type of activities you would envisage as part of this work. Specific project or performance ideas as illustrative examples are welcome. This document will be a key element of the selection process.

Optional support material – digital examples of previous work – recordings, videos, scores, librettos etc. No hard copies please.

Selection Process

Auditions (for singers & répétiteurs) and Interviews (for all artists) will be held in Dublin on Thursday 31st July and shortlisted applicants will be notified on Monday July 28th. Selection will depend on outcome of audition / interview in the context of the programme needing to achieve a balance of different types of practitioners. In the event of a large volume of applications, a process of shortlisting will be undertaken.


OPERA HUB artists will receive fees for each project or engagement that takes place. These fees will vary from one project to another, determined on a case-by-case basis.