Are there mainstage performance opportunities?
Because the role of the Fellow is to be a resource and provide a consistent, meaningful presence in the community, they are not scheduled in mainstage productions. That type of commitment would pull the Fellow away from the primary purpose of them being here. Fellows do perform throughout the year in a variety of venues, including concerts and performances with community partners like Omaha Area Youth Orchestra, recital series at galleries and museums, and concerts as part of National Opera Week and the ONE Festival. Additionally, the Fellow performs as a Principal Artist in Opera Outdoors, the company’s annual outdoor staged performance, and as a Featured Artist in an annual concert series with contemporary composers–past series have included Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid.
What is the compensation?
Fellows are full time staff members with an exempt salary of $40,000/year (40-week contract)
What are opportunities for professional development?
Fellows receive a professional development stipend per season to use towards continuing education and/or professional development. Funds can be used for things such as coachings, lessons, seminars, conferences, and travel and housing to and from said engagements.
Opera Omaha provides professional development opportunities for Fellows in order to develop them into well-rounded, civically engaged artists. It is a goal of the Company to set Fellows up for success in their professional careers and as they work in our community.
Training opportunities may include the following subjects:
Program development & implementation
Working with youth
Working with various populations—trauma, physical disability, mental disability, culturally diverse backgrounds and economically diverse backgrounds
Artistic Training includes opportunities to work with visiting artists throughout the season.