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Welsh National Opera to recruit female conductor in residence

Katie Bray and Gavan Ring in Don Giovanni at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith Katie Bray and Gavan Ring in the recent production of Don Giovanni at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith
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Welsh National Opera has started the search for a female conductor to take up a residency at the company in order to redress the gender balance in the industry.

The Cardiff opera company said it was aware of the challenges faced by women entering a conducting career and has created this new programme in response.

It will recruit one aspiring female conductor aged between 19 and 35 to become resident at WNO for a period of 18 months.

During their time with the company, the resident will be mentored by another established conductor working in the UK, and will work with different departments within WNO.

They will also work with the WNO orchestra across its repertoire of main-scale pieces, youth and community work and family concert projects.

The residency is designed so that it can be organised around the chosen conductor’s existing schedule and they will receive a bursary to support travel.

Applications are open until October 31, with the placement due to start next year for WNO’s spring 2019 season.

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