Production Stage Manager of Opera

Dates of Employment: May 22 – August 10, 2024

Reports To: Director of Production, Director of Opera Program

Supports: Opera Artistic Director, Opera Company, Conductors, Production Staff, Ensembles Manager, Musicians.

Summary

The Production Stage Manager for Opera works on a Stage Management team for Opera at the Brevard Music Center.  This team is responsible for the setup and needs of opera rehearsals and performances for four mainstage opera performances in a six-and-a-half-week festival.  The Production Stage Manager for Opera is expected to collaborate on a team that works to ensure that all needs of the Opera are met. Holistic effective communication and dissemination of information as well as a love of music and a sense of humor when appropriate is essential to the successful execution of this position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Full Production Stage Management of Opera Productions as contracted.
  • Full preparation work of assigned show(s), to be completed pre-season - including contact with directors, work with Director of Production as needed and distribution of director’s props lists and costume measurements.
  • Ensure that all rehearsal and performance spaces are prepared well in advance of scheduled events.
  • Run all staging rehearsals, technical rehearsals, and performances of assigned show(s).
  • Create/ oversee all paperwork necessary to the production.
  • Produce and distribute daily notes, attend all opera production meetings, and set up individual meetings as needed among directors and staff.
  • Distribute notes that are determined not to be able to wait until the end of the day in a timely manner to the proper department.
  • Check-in with each department each day -- identify challenges before they become problems and discuss with Production Management.
  • Coordinate costume fittings and wig fittings.
  • Facilitate keeping the lines of communication among departments open and clearly communicate all applicable information to each department in a timely manner.
  • Set up and attend a weekly meeting with Production Management to ensure all issues are met and resolved in a timely manner.  Check in with the Assistant Production Manager of Opera daily to ensure all Opera needs are being met properly.
  • Work with assigned Assistant Stage Managers to mentor and teach them the basics of professional Opera Stage Management.
  • Maintain a safe rehearsal and performance space. Turn in Production book for the assigned show(s) at the end of the run.
  • Above all, always maintain a cheerful, open, welcoming persona during work hours.

Qualifications

  • Previous stage management experience, preferably in Opera.
  • The ability to read music.
  • A solid understanding of channels of communication and the importance of clear and open communication always.
  • Maintain calm under pressure and receive/ intake information from multiple sources that you quickly prioritize and relay to the Director of Production/ act upon if deemed appropriate.
  • Above all, must possess a positive attitude, a sense of humor, and ability to work well in a team dynamic.

Requirements

  • Complete satisfactory background check
  • Must have valid state driver's license and possess a clean driving record

Compensation

  • Includes a season stipend paid bi-weekly, full board, and on-campus housing

To apply, create an account and start an application using MyBMC:  https://my.brevardmusic.org/create-account/. Please upload a cover letter and resume (with references listed) to be considered for this position.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. 

Any questions can be directed to:

Andrea Boccanfuso
Director of Production
Brevard Music Center
[email protected]


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