Sound Engineer

As a Sound Engineer at the Royal Opera House, it’s Giuseppe’s job to make sure everything the audience hears lives up to the lavishness of what they see. He’s got to use his expert knowledge of the sound equipment, the sounds of the performances and the room’s acoustics to make sure that the audience has the best experience possible. On top of that, he’s also got to predict and solve technical problems before they actually happen – which is no small feat!

His family weren’t surprised that he ended up in a technical role at world-class opera house. As a young boy he was fascinated with using the latest technology to create sounds: “I’ve wanted to do this since age ten when I asked for a sound mixer for my birthday!”

Giuseppe began his journey to his dream job straight after college, with a job as an Assistant Sound Engineer at a recording studio. He worked with other companies on a huge range of shows to build up his technical skills – from open-air shows, theatres and even one on a cruise ship! “It provided me with an opportunity to travel the world while working with cutting-edge technology”.

When he came back to London, he used a brief technical theatre role to spring into his current job at the Royal Opera House.

He now gets to use his creativity, technical and problem-solving skills to showcase amazing talent from around the world: “I work on wonderful operas and ballets with fabulous artists in a beautiful building in central London – what’s not to like?”

Giuseppe's career pathway

  • 1997 Left a specialist college with a Tonmeister qualification – one of the most prestigious awards in music and sound engineering
  • 1999 Joined Splash Recording Studio as an Assistant Sound Engineer
  • 2000 Struck out on his own as a Freelance Sound Engineer
  • 2005 Joined a cruise ship as Technical Manager/Chief Sound Engineer
  • 2008 Worked at the performance centre, the Arts Depot, as a Deputy Technical Director/Head of Sound, before joining the Royal Opera House as a Sound Engineer

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What it takes to be a Sound Engineer

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Average salary

Average salary for this job in the UK £29,640
Average salary for a job in the UK* £26,260

Employment statuses

  • Full Time Employed: 43,174
  • Part Time Employed: 18,222
  • Self Employed: 40,885
  • TOTAL EMPLOYED: 102,281

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