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What’s this role really all about?
If you saw NSO’s latest production (let alone of you took part in it) you’ll appreciate what an incredibly complex task it is to put on a top-
So what would I actually be expected to do – and when?
Your involvement would start at the first pre-
Getting down to the level of specific tasks, what would be involved?
Your first task, and one on which the success of the entire enterprise ultimately depends, would be to help create a master schedule so that everyone involved, on-
On a day-
Talking of skills, what sort of background would I need?
Experience of project management and its associated tools would be very useful. At the very least, you’ll know how to use a spreadsheet.
What about personal qualities?
You’ll be the sort of person who makes other people think: ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ For example, if soloists have to get to Eastbourne for a performance, you’ll automatically wonder if engineering works might hold them up, check to see if that’s the case and, if necessary, devise a way round that particular problem. You’ll be analytical and logical – but balance those qualities with a personality that enables you to get on with and win respect from a wide range of people, including highly talented and experienced creative types, and motivate volunteers to get involved in a meaningful and productive way.
And talking of people, who would my principal contacts be?
Internally, director, music director, stage manager, chorus secretary, general director. Externally, stage management at performance venues, management at rehearsal venues, vehicle hire companies.
How much time would I need to commit?
Traditionally, an NSO production has seen frantic and febrile activity squeezed into the last weeks running up to a performance. Your big challenge would to even out that activity curve, so that progress is smooth and measured, and as much as possible happens in a pro-
Finally, why should I want to do this job?
For the satisfaction of knowing you make the complex, sophisticated machinery of opera production work smoothly and to maximum effect.