Alice Wright
(Artistic Assistant, English Touring Opera)

  • BA in Music, 2010

How did you find your way into your current position?

While completing the third year of the BA course I interned at English Touring Opera during the holidays, and after graduating was lucky enough to be given a permanent job. I handed in my last piece of work on a Friday and began work the following Monday! Alongside this full time job I also freelance as a Surtitle Operator at the Royal Opera House, so have plenty to keep me busy.

What are your strongest memories of your time at York?

My strongest memories are of people working together to create something special, and the fondest one has to be directing Britten's Albert Herring in my final year (linked to my solo project on semi-staged opera). The quality of the music making and performances will stay with me for a long time.

How did York prepare you for your career?

The varied choice of modules was a fantastic musical and analytical grounding for my career, and members of staff were always helpful in terms of broadening your interests. I learnt just as much from lectures as I did from participating in choirs, Music Society, Opera Society, and even co-writing a book chapter! This broad knowledge base has been invaluable in preparing me for a diverse and ever-changing arts industry, and I feel very lucky for it.

What advice would you have for current students?

Embrace the department and its variety. If you cannot find something that suits you down to the ground then create it - you are at university to create and learn, make the most of it, and of the talented people around you! Also, go to Betty's tearooms for a Fat Rascal, you won't regret it. 

Alice Wright