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Thank you for your interest in auditioning for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis!

Mainstage Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.  Leading roles for our   2015 Season are completely cast.  Information regarding future mainstage audition opportunities will be forthcoming.

2015 Gerdine Young Artists Program Auditions to be held in September and October, 2014!

Named for Opera Theatre’s founding board chairman, Leigh Gerdine, the Gerdine Young Artist Program seeks to offer emerging young singers invaluable professional experience in carefully selected repertoire. In addition to choral responsibilities in the season, Gerdine Young Artists also sing supporting roles and/or cover leading and featured roles in mainstage productions.   Gerdine Young Artists further enjoy extensive coaching, appear in solo settings in various educational outreach presentations, and participate in challenging master classes with renowned artists.  Past master class presenters include Stephanie Blythe, Elizabeth Futral, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Marlena Malas, Phyllis Curtin, Evelyn Lear, Frank Lopardo, Erie Mills, Jerry Hadley, Grace Bumbry, John Wustman, Sheri Greenawald, Lotfi Mansouri,  Sherrill Milnes, Shirley Verrett, Gayletha Nichols, Matthew Epstein, Brian Zeger, Denyce Graves,  Susanne Mentzer, Tracy Dahl, Rod Gilfry, Seán Curran, Colin Graham, Stephen Lord, and James Robinson.

In celebration of our 40th Anniversary, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis will inaugurate on the mainstage a concert of scenes featuring participants of the 2015 Gerdine Young Artist Program accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of our Music Director, Stephen Lord.  We hope it will become an annual event for our enthusiastic patrons, as well as for the many opera administrators, artist managers, and national and international press who journey to St. Louis each season to discover the finest of emerging young American singers.

 

flute7Gerdine Young Artist-Festival Artists Summer Hassan (left), Corrie Stallings (center), and Raquel González (right) as the three Ladies in The Magic Flute, 2014. Photo by Ken Howard.

Opera Theatre’s 2015 season includes The Barber of Seville, La rondine, Richard the Lionheart (Handel), and Emmeline (Picker).  In addition to cover assignments for all leading roles, we will be casting the following supporting roles in the season:

The Barber of Seville La rondineEmmeline 
 Ambrogio  Yvette Ella Burling
 Notary Bianca Harriet Mosher
 Fiorello     Lolette Sarah Mosher
 Sergeant     Georgette Mrs. Maguire
  Gabrielle Mr. Summers
  Suzy Hooker 
  Périchaud Simon Fenton
  Gobin 
  Crébillon 
  Rabonier 
  Butler 

For the audition, you should prepare three or more selections, either arias, lieder, theatre, or art songs in contrasting styles…. offer whatever you sing best. Since Opera Theatre performs exclusively in English, one piece sung in English (original or translation) is mandatory. Opera Theatre will provide an accompanist; however, you may bring your own accompanist if you prefer. 

elixir24Gerdine Young Artist, Leela Subramaniam as Giannetta (center) and the female ensemble in The Elixir of Love, 2014. Photo by Ken Howard.
NEW YORK PRELIMINARY ROUND  NEW YORK FINAL ROUND
TUESDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 
WEDNESDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER        
THURSDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER  
  
BLOOMINGTON, IN PRELIMINARY ROUND CINCINNATI, OH FINAL ROUND 
SUNDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER  WEDNESDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER (Cincinnati) 
MONDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 
  
CINCINNATI, OH PRELIMINARY ROUNDCINCINNATI, OH FINAL ROUND
TUESDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER  
  
ST. LOUIS PRELIMINARY ROUND  ST. LOUIS FINAL ROUND 
MONDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER MONDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 
  
OBERLIN, OH PRELIMINARY ROUND   OBERLIN, OH FINAL ROUND
 TUESDAY, 30 SEPTEMBERTUESDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 
  
BOSTON PRELIMINARY ROUND  BOSTON FINAL ROUND 
WEDNESDAY, 1 OCTOBERTHURSDAY, 2 OCTOBER 

Applicants must be available for both preliminary and finalist dates. 

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 Gerdine Young Artist Program.

Due to space and time limitations OTSL will not be able to accommodate everyone.  Applicants will be notified of our decision approximately two weeks prior to the requested audition date.

Participation in the Gerdine Young Artists Program is limited to United States citizens or individuals who have valid documentation to work legally in this country.  All applicants must be available to work in St. Louis on April 27 through June 28, 2015. 

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.   While we are not able to personally confirm receipt of application, an automated e-mail response will confirm receipt of your materials once submitted.  You will hear from us by e-mail two weeks before the audition date as to whether or not we can accommodate you.  

For more information on the 2015 Gerdine Young Artists Program auditions, please send an e-mail to: audition@opera-stl.org.

pirates12Gerdine Young Artists Jeremy Johnson, Theo Hoffman, Daniel Brevik (front left to right), Samuel Schultz (back left), Luis Alejandro Orozco (back right) with Jason Eck (back center), a former Gerdine Young Artist, as the Sergeant in The Pirates of Penzance, 2013. Photo by Ken Howard.