Opera North Announces Announces New Female Conductor Trainee

By Francisco Salazar

Opera North in the U.K. has announced that conductor Kay Salomon will join the company at the end of this year to take part in the company’s new Female Conductor Traineeship.

The new initiative will offer wide-ranging experience and support within the UK’s national opera company in the north.

In a statement, Salomon said, “Young conductors can feel rather vulnerable when finishing music college, but being offered this traineeship is a real confidence booster. I cannot express how excited I was to be selected for the traineeship. I am incredibly grateful to Opera North for being so committed to supporting young female conductors and offering such a unique opportunity.”

Salomon began her musical career playing French horn and piano. During her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music she took up conducting. She has received coaching in conducting in Lisbon and the Netherlands and was offered the position as the conductor to a student orchestra in Münster for two years. She received coaching at the Sorell Women Conductors Programme with Sian Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music.

In her new program, Salomon will take part in Opera North’s buzzing activities, rehearsals, and assisting on “Brundibár” with the Opera North Youth Company in January.

She will also take part in two dedicated workshops under the guidance of our Music Director Garry Walker, providing first-hand experience of conducting the Company’s award-winning Orchestra. Salomon will join the company on Nov. 29 observing preparations for the Company’s forthcoming productions of “Rigoletto,” “Alcina,” and “Carmen.”