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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.     

The 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 2017.  Information regarding audition opportunities as well as applications to audition for our 2018 Gerdine Young Artist Program will be available after July 15, 2017.  Please come back to visit us then.

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 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, 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 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.

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Former and current Gerdine Young Artists/Richard Gaddes Festival Artists (L to R). Top row: GYA Eric Ferring, GYA Zane Hill, GYA Christopher Carbin, GYA Robert Mellon; stage floor level (L to R): GYA Gina Perregrino, Former GYA Jenni Bank (Firdaus Noman), Thomas Hammons (Abdullah Sher Noman), Former GYA Aubrey Allicock (Bulbul Fakh), RGFA Justin Austin (Pyarelal), GYA Elliott Paige (Bombur Yambarzal), GYA Rafael Helbig-Kostka (Shalimar’s Brother), GYA Joshua Blue (Shalimar’s Brother), GYA Benjamin Dickerson, GYA Kristen DiNinno, GYA Caitlin Redding, GYA Siena Miller. 2016 Shalimar the Clown. Photo by Ken Howard.

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