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Audition
Information

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 2018 Season are completely cast. Information regarding future mainstage audition opportunities will be forthcoming.   

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, Laura Wilde, 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, James Morris, Gayletha Nichols, Patricia Racette, James Robinson, Neil Shicoff, 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 has 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.

 

RGFA Michael Day and members of the GYA program
2017 The Grapes of Wrath  Photo by Ken Howard.

2018 Festival Season

Opera Theatre's 2018 season includes La traviata, Regina, An American Soldier, and Orfeo and Eurdice.  In addition to assigning covers for the leading roles, we will be casting the following supporting roles in the season: 

La traviata:
Flora, Gastone, Annina, Baron, Marquis, Joseph, Commissioner, Servant

Principal Artist René Barbera (center) with members of the GYA program. 2017 Titus (La clemenza di Tito) Photo by Ken Howard.

 

GYA Audition Opportunities

Opera Theatre will hold preliminary and coordinating finalist auditions in the below cities. Applicants must be available for both preliminary and finalist dates. 

AUDITION APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, 18 August 2017

ST. LOUIS PRELIMINARY ROUND
FRIDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER         
ST. LOUIS FINAL ROUND
FRIDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER

OBERLIN, OH
PRELIMINARY ROUND

SATURDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER

OBERLIN, OH FINAL ROUND
SATURDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER
BLOOMINGTON, IN
PRELIMINARY ROUND

MONDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER
CINCINNATI, OH FINAL ROUND
WEDNESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER (Cincinnati)
CINCINNATI, OH PRELIMINARY ROUND
TUESDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER
             
CINCINNATI, OH FINAL ROUND
WEDNESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER
BOSTON PRELIMINARY ROUND
THURSDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER                   
BOSTON FINAL ROUND
FRIDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER
NEW YORK PRELIMINARY ROUND
WEDNESDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER
THURSDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER
FRIDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER
NEW YORK FINAL ROUND
SATURDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER

GYA Audition Application

All applicants must electronically submit a completed form. In addition, you will be required to upload your one-page résumé (pdf) and headshot (pdf or jpg) to be considered for an audition.

AUDITION APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, 18 August 2017.

PLEASE NOTE:

Contact Information

For further questions in regards to the 2018 Gerdine Young Artists Program auditions, please send an e-mail to:  audition@opera-stl.org

 

(l to r) GYAs Jeff Byrnes, Andrea Núñez, Phillip Lopez, Megan Callahan, and Music Director Stephen Lord conducting the St. Louis Symphony in the 2017 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.