Artistic Director

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman, and the Glyndebourne Board of Trustees, are seeking to appoint an Artistic Director to lead the company into its next phase of development.

Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his wife, Audrey Mildmay at their home in East Sussex, Glyndebourne has been presenting opera of the highest quality, commissioning new work, developing new talent and reaching new audiences for over 80 years. Glyndebourne is now one of the finest and most celebrated opera houses in the world and each year presents over 120 performances to some 150,000 people across a Festival and Tour and many more through its broadcasts across cinemas, TV and online.

The Festival season runs from May to the end of August and comprises six productions.In the autumn, the company tours to theatres around England, ensuring its world-class productions are made more accessible and reach a wider audience. In addition to its opera productions, Glyndebourne undertakes a variety of additional activities throughout the year, with the acclaimed education department delivering an array of projects with the local community and schools. Earlier this year a new initiative was launched – the Glyndebourne Opera Cup – an international competition for opera singers designed to discover and spotlight the best young singers from around the world.

This is an exciting time to join Glyndebourne as the company seeks to reinforce its position as a leader and innovator in the opera world. Working alongside the Managing Director in a joint-leadership role, the Artistic Director will hold ultimate responsibility for all of Glyndebourne’s creative output and, together with the Executive Chairman and Managing Director, will lead a strong, empowered and effective management team, nurturing and developing talent and promoting Glyndebourne’s core values and strategic objectives.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced and inspirational artistic leader with a track record of success and credibility in the opera world. The new Artistic Director will have knowledge of all aspects of opera as an international art form and demonstrate the ability to innovate, take risk and push boundaries to ensure that Glyndebourne continues to play a leading role at the forefront of opera development. Excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, previous experience of planning and budgeting a balanced programme of opera, proven ability to build positive relationships with a wide and diverse range of internal and external stakeholders including external media, and a commitment to supporting fundraising and learning are all important for success in this role.

To download our candidate pack and for details on how to apply, please click here

The closing date for applications is Friday 8 June.

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