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

 

OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS AUDITIONS FOR CORPS DE BALLET DANCERS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2016

12 – 3 PM
LARGE DANCE STUDIO
THE JEAN AND WELLS HOBLER CENTER FOR DANCE
LORETTO HILTON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis will be auditioning contemporary dancers 18 years old and above with solid ballet technique and acting ability for its production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, Richard Strauss’sAriadne on Naxos, and the world premiere Shalimar the Clown by composer Jack Perla and librettist Rajiv Joseph.   Auditions will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in the Ballet Studio of the Loretto Hilton Center for the Performing Arts at Webster University. Opera Theatre’s resident choreographer, Sean Curran, will conduct the class/audition from 12 pm until 3 pm.

Dancers chosen for the production will be hired on a weekly AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) professional contract, and compensation will be at the standard AGMA rates for corps de ballet dancers. Membership in AGMA is not required to participate in the class/audition on February 13.

The rehearsal/performance period will be specific to the production(s) for which specific dancers are engaged.  But the overall period of engagement could be as long as May 9 and through June 26, 2016. Performances will take place during the period May 28 through June 26, 2016.  

Interested dancers should:

 1.     Contact Stephanie Nigus at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis snigus@opera-stl.org or  (314) 963-4245 to schedule participation in the class/audition;

 2.  Bring resume and picture with them to the class/audition; and

 3.  Be prepared to be present at the class/audition for the full period 12 - 3 pm.

Should you have any questions, contact Stephanie Nigus at (314) 963-4245

 

Mainstage Auditions

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

untitled1Former and current Gerdine Young Artists (l to r) Ashley Milanese (Yvette), Hannah Hagerty (Suzy), Corinne Winters (Magda), Kesley Lauritano (Maid), Elizabeth Sutphen (Bianca), John McVeigh (Prunier), Sydney Mancasola (Lisette), Matthew Burns (Rambaldo) in 2015 La rondine. Photo by Ken Howard.

GERDINE YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM AUDITIONS

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.   We are completely cast for our upcoming.   Auditions for future seasons will take place in late summer or early fall of 2016.  Information regarding audition opportunities as well as applications to audition for our 2017 Gerdine Young Artist Programwill be available after July 15, 2016.  Please come back to visit us then.

untitled2In the foreground, Joyce El-Khoury (Emmeline), Former GYA Nicole Haslett (Sophie, kneeling), Renée Rapier (Mrs. Bass), GYA Geoffrey Agpalo (Hooker) and women of The Gerdine Young Artist Program (background) in 2015 Emmeline. Photo by Ken Howard.

GERDINE YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM INFORMATION

Named for Opera Theatre’s founding board chairman, Leigh Gerdine, and his wife Alice, 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. Opera Theatre has a strong record of promotion from within and counts among its Gerdine Young Artist alumni such artists as Aubrey Allicock, Paul Appleby, Jamie Barton, Christine Brewer, Alyson Cambridge, Ashley Emerson, Kristine Jepson, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Maria Kanyova, Kate Lindsey, Lester Lynch, Elliot Madore, Amanda Majeski, Sydney Mancasola, Nancy Maultsby, Phyllis Pancella, Keith Phares, Morris Robinson, Alek Shrader, Bradley Smoak, Matthew Worth, and Corinne Winters to name but a few.  To that end, in 2015 Opera Theatre created a second level of young artists, The Richard Gaddes Festival Artist Program, to further enhance performing opportunities for returning Gerdine Young Artists.

Gerdine Young Artists 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, Grace Bumbry, Michael Christie, Seán Curran, Phyllis Curtin, Tracy Dahl, Matthew Epstein, Elizabeth Futral, Rod Gilfry, Colin Graham, Denyce Graves, Sheri Greenawald, Jerry Hadley, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Evelyn Lear, Frank Lopardo, Stephen Lord, Marlena Malas, Lotfi Mansouri, Susanne Mentzer, Erie Mills, Sherrill Milnes, Gayletha Nichols, James Robinson, Dale Travis, Shirley Verrett, John Wustman, and Brian Zeger.

In 2015, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis inaugurated a concert of scenes, Center Stage, featuring participants of The Gerdine Young Artist and The Richard Gaddes Festival Artist Programs accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of our Music Director, Stephen Lord.  The Center Stage concert 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.

For further inquiries, please send an email to: auditions@opera-stl.org.

untitled3(Left to right) Richard Gaddes Festival Artist Eliza Johnson, Gerdine Young Artists Charles Sy, Hannah Hagerty, Geoffrey Agpalo, David Leigh, Joshua Weeker, Roberto Kalb (resident assistant conductor), and the St. Louis Symphony in the 2015 Center Stage Concert. Photo by Ken Howard.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, veteran, or disability status.