Rehearsal Associate

Department:   Artistic

Available:       August 2021

Position Summary

The Metropolitan Opera is seeking a Rehearsal Associate who is responsible for coordinating and providing various schedules for the entire company including soloists, music staff, chorus, dancers, staff performers, supers, and children. Reporting directly to the Rehearsal Department Director and the Rehearsal Administrator, this position works closely with various departments including the Assistant General Manager, Music Administration to schedule coachings and musicals, Stage Directors to schedule rehearsals, and the costume shop to schedule fittings. This role also tracks music staff and singer overtime and deals with a variety of artist issues. The ideal candidate for this role is a self-motivated team player who can easily communicate with people of varied social and cultural backgrounds, is a meticulous proofreader, and has knowledge of opera, theater, arts administration, and/or stage management.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Produce weekly, daily and revised schedules for all room and stage rehearsals, including musicals, costume fittings, and coachings
  • Proof and correct departmental schedules for chorus, dancers, staff performers & supers, children
  • Liaise with various departments in the company as well as with artists, conductors, directors, and managers on a variety of issues
  • Track artist and music staff overtime payments and free day assignments
  • Facilitate communication with all relevant departments regarding artists’ performance cancellations and cast changes.
  • Ability to handle crises as they arise in a calm, collected and professional manner
  • Work with Assistant General Manager, Music Administration on music staff issues, overtime, musical needs of each production, and visiting conductor needs
  • Check on staging and stage rehearsals; make sure all rehearsal needs are being addressed, especially Main Stage Rehearsals
  • Attend weekly Pre-Stage Plan Meetings and weekly Stage Plan Meetings
  • Manage List Hall schedule and other room reservations
  • Assist with booking and reimbursing artist travel, as needed
  • Assist Artistic Liaison as necessary

Qualifications and Skill Requirements:

  • B.A. or equivalent, OR commensurate experience in a similar capacity at a comparable arts organization
  • Knowledge of opera and theater; arts administration or stage management experience
  • Excellent crisis management skills and the capability to work well under pressure, while multi-tasking
  • The ability to prioritize
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Foreign language skills (especially in Italian and German) are a plus
  • General knowledge of collective bargaining agreements is helpful
  • Must have a working knowledge of  Word, Excel, Outlook, Google Docs, Google Sheets and general knowledge of and/or past experience with databases
  • Willingness to take direction and apply constructive criticism along with judgment of when to take initiative
  • Flexibility to work extended hours including nights and weekends, regularly

Physical Demands:

  • Regularly required to sit, talk, and hear
  • Frequently required to use repetitive hand motion and to stand, walk, reach, bend
  • Occasionally required to lift up to 20 pounds.

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Internal candidates should please contact the Human Resources department directly to apply.

The Metropolitan Opera believes that diversity is critical to our success and growth as a leading performing arts institution and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.

The Metropolitan Opera is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and existing employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, citizenship status, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.