Opera North is rolling out its female conductor residency for a second year.
The scheme was launched by the company last year to provide mentoring to an aspiring, female-identifying conductor, “in recognition of the fact that talented female conductors are less likely to find a way into opera than their male counterparts”.
The first recipient of the 2019/20 residency was Sonia Ben-Santamaria, who conducted the company’s touring production of children’s opera Green Eggs and Ham by Robert Kapilow.
The successful applicant of the scheme’s second year will work as associate assistant conductor for the 2020/21 season, and take part in repertoire sessions with music director Garry Walker. They will also attend opera rehearsals and participate in education and outreach programmes.
Walker said: “We hope that this residency opportunity for female conductors can help to address the gender imbalance in conducting by encouraging more female musicians to see opera as a viable career path, and to ensure that Opera North and the wider opera and classical music industry is drawing on the widest range of professional conducting talent now and in the future.
“I look forward to welcoming and working with the successful candidate as part of our outstanding music team over the coming year.”
The residency will run over a non-consecutive 10-week period, between September and May. The successful candidate will receive a subsistence fee of £6,000 for the contract.
The scheme is funded by the Harewood Young Artists Fund as part of the Opera North Future Fund.