What a UK tenor must now produce in order to sing in Europemain
The Welsh baritone Paul Carey Jones, who has written a book about life under Covid, is investigating on his website the new constraints for British singers to get work in Europe.
He was talking to the tenor Peter Hoare who is presently appearing in Barcelona in a George Benjamin opera which few others have sung.
Here’s a list of the additional post-Brexit paperwork Peter has had to complete prior to his arrival in Barcelona for the start of rehearsals:
1. Official application form for a work visa – applied for at the Spanish Embassy in London. This required the surrendering of his UK passport for an unspecified period. Cost: £150 plus travel
2. Insurance (NB cost increased because of working during pandemic – see below). Cost: £350
3. UK “resident’s permit” – Peter’s UK passport proved sufficient in this instance, although non-UK citizens would require further proof.
4. Spanish health statement – a lengthy form completed online.
5. “No objection letter” – from the applicant’s accountant, with proof of payment of last year’s taxes.
6. Contract with the theatre.
7. Employer’s invitation from the theatre.
8. Apartment booking.
9. Round trip travel booking.
10. Proof of sufficient financial guarantees – up-to-date original bank statements for the last 3 months certified by bank (online statements not accepted) showing sufficient funds to cover living expenses for the duration of the contract period.
There you have it – the Brexit bonus. Send it to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden and to your MP.