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City Opera seeks Artistic Director

Position: Artistic Director, City Opera Vancouver

Reports to: Board of Directors

Works with:  General Manager, performers, production crew, composers, stage directors 


We are a professional chamber opera company that produces opera from its rise in 1600 to contemporary works alive in our own time. We specialize in commissioning new Canadian opera, presenting concerts and on-line presentations that animate our brand, speak with diverse voices, expand our audience, and take our music to people where they live. 


This is a rare opportunity for a visionary opera professional who is eager to grow with a company committed to making opera accessible and building community. The ideal candidate will have experience as a music or stage director, coach or singer who has overseen or participated in various aspects of opera production, with a strong desire to envision and facilitate the creation of new Canadian opera. 

QUALIFICATIONS - The ideal candidate will have:

  • Substantial knowledge of opera and chamber opera repertoire
  • Extensive knowledge of Canadian singers, composers, and the Canadian opera community
  • Experience in one or more aspects of opera production as a stage or music director, coach, composer, or performer
  • Experience programming, scheduling, and producing musical, operatic or theatrical works
  • Experience creating or managing the creation of new opera, musical or theatrical works 
  • Experience building and tracking budgets 
  • Experience selecting, hiring, managing, and working collaboratively with performers, designers, and production personnel 
  • Experience cultivating donors and working with private and government funding organizations
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to lead and inspire performers, audiences, and the community at large


  • Acting as the main spokesperson for and public face of City Opera Vancouver
  • Planning and programming City Opera’s musical season, including mainstage productions and concerts
  • Making recommendations for the creation of new works that reflect diverse voices and experiences
  • Scouting, auditioning, hiring, and managing singers and musicians that reflect Canada’s diversity 
  • Coaching or assisting with the coaching of singers for performances
  • With the General Manager and production team, building the annual production budget and assisting in tracking expenses
  • With the General Manager, initiating contract terms for engaging artists, designers, and production personnel
  • With the General Manager, acting as liaison with all government and private funding organizations
  • Supporting the General Manager and those involved in the preparation of grant applications and reports
  • Cultivating and maintaining cordial relationships with supporters
  • Participating in all major City Opera activities, including promotional, fundraising and outreach events
  • Playing a key role in strategic planning  
  • Executing all duties in accordance with City Opera’s mission, mandate, and fiscal constraints 

SALARY:  $65,000 base with additional compensation for conducting or directing mainstage productions 


Please send a cover letter and résumé to with the title line “City Opera Artistic Director”. 

City Opera is committed to reflecting the diversity of the community in which we live. We welcome applications from women, people of colour, indigenous people, and those from other under-represented groups. 


There are no present auditions at City Opera. Persons wishing to be considered for PoPUpOpera may, at any time, submit resumés and video to