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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 2016 Season are completely cast.  Information regarding future mainstage audition opportunities will be forthcoming.

2016 Gerdine Young Artists Program Auditions to be held in September and October, 2015!

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 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, 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.

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.

Opera Theatre’s 2016 season includes La bohème, Macbeth, Ariadne on Naxos, and the world premiere Shalimar the Clown (after the novel by Salman Rushdie) by Jack Perla and Rajiv Joseph In addition to cover assignments for all leading roles, we will be casting the following supporting roles in the season: 

La bohemeMacbethAriadne on NaxosShalimar the Clown
Customs GuardDoctorBrighella Pyraleyl  (lyric baritone) 
 1st Apparition    Assistant Blind Woman 
 2nd Apparition Wig Maker Bombur Yarmbazal (bass-baritone)  
 Assassin Officer Zahir 
 Herald  Giant (bass-baritone) 
 Valet      Clumsy God (bass-baritone) 
   Two brothers (tenors) 

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.  

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.

Opera Theatre will hold preliminary and coordinating finalist auditions in the following cities: 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, 14 AUGUST 
BLOOMINGTON, IN PRELIMINARY ROUNDCINCINNATI, OH FINAL ROUND
TUESDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER  FRIDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER (Cincinnati)
WEDNESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER   
  
CINCINNATI, OH PRELIMINARY ROUNDCINCINNATI, OH FINAL ROUND 
THURSDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER      FRIDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER (Cincinnati) 
  
APPLICATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, 25 AUGUST 
BOSTON PRELIMINARY ROUNDBOSTON FINAL ROUND
FRIDAY, 25 SEPTEMBERSATURDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER
  
NEW YORK PRELIMINARY ROUND    NEW YORK FINAL ROUND
THURSDAY, 1 OCTOBERSUNDAY, OCTOBER 4
FRIDAY, 2 OCTOBER   
SATURDAY, 3 OCTOBER  
  
OBERLIN, OH PRELIMINARY ROUND     OBERLIN, OH FINAL ROUND
FRIDAY, 9 OCTOBERFRIDAY, 9 OCTOBER
  
ST. LOUIS PRELIMINARY ROUND                     ST. LOUIS FINAL ROUND
SATURDAY, 10 OCTOBERSATURDAY, 10 OCTOBER

 

Applicants must be available for both preliminary and finalist dates. 

 

All applicants must electronically submit a completed form (please click here for link).  In addition, you will be required to upload your one-page résumé (pdf) and headshot (pdf or jpg) to be considered for an audition (please note there is no audition fee). Your completed application with appropriate uploaded attachments must be submitted by Friday, 14 August 2015 for Bloomington and Cincinnati dates; and Tuesday, 25 August 2015 for the remaining cities.

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 25 through June 26, 2016. 

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.  Remember, the deadline for the 2016 Gerdine Young Artists Program auditions is Friday, 14 August 2015 for Bloomington and Cincinnati dates; and Tuesday, 25 August 2015 for the remaining cities.

For more information on the 2016 Gerdine Young Artists Program auditions, please send an e-mail to: audition@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.