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Mainstage Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.  Leading roles for our 2017 season are completely cast. Information regarding future mainstage audition opportunities will be forthcoming.

2017 Gerdine Young Artist Program Auditions to be Held in October of 2016!

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.

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.

Opera Theatre's 2017 season includes Madame Butterfly, The Grapes of Wrath (a new revised edition), The Trial, and Titus (La clemenza di Tito).  In addition to assigning covers for the leading roles, we will be casting the following supporting roles in the season: 

Madame Butterfly:

Yamadori, Kate Pinkerton, Commissioner, Registrar, Yakuside, Cousin, Mother, Aunt

The Grapes of Wrath:

Mae, Bean Picker, Muley’s Wife, Cabin Mistress, Muley Graves, Cropper Husband, Peach Checker, Pump Guy 3, Pete Fowler, Ragged Man, Trucker Bill, Trucker Joe, Inspector, Endicott III, Endicott IV, Traffic Cop, Senator, Suit, Trucker, Deputy, Commissary Clerk, Jim-tent guard, Lou-tent guard, Jake-tent guard, Pump Guy 1, Pump Guy 2, Joe, Fred, Hand, Used Car Salesman, Val, Ruthie Joad                                   

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.  

(to R) RGFA Miles Mykkanen (Scaramuccio), Former GYA So Young Park (Zerbinetta), RGFA Erik Van Heyningen (Truffaldino), RGFA Benjamin Lee (Brighella) in 2016 Ariadne on Naxos.  Photo by Ken Howard.

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

Oberlin, OH Preliminary Round Oberlin, OH Final Round
Sunday, September 25 Sunday, September 25
Boston Preliminary Round Boston Final Round
Wednesday, October 5 Sunday, October 9
St. Louis Preliminary Round St. Louis Final Round
Saturday, October 8 Saturday, October 8
New York Preliminary Round New York Final Round
Monday, October 10 Thursday, October 13
Tuesday, October 11  
Wednesday, October 12  
Bloomington, IN Preliminary Round Cincinnati, OH Final Round
Friday, October 14 Sunday, October 16
Cincinnati, OH Preliminary Round Cincinnati, OH Final Round
Saturday, October 15 Sunday, October 16
Sunday, October 16 (morning)  

Applicants must be available for both preliminary and finalist dates. 

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 24 through June 25, 2017. 

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. PLEASE CHECK YOUR JUNK MAIL. 

Remember, the deadline for the 2017 Gerdine Young Artists Program auditions is Thursday, September 1, 2016. We are no longer accepting applications!

For more information on the 2017 Gerdine Young Artists Program auditions, please send an e-mail to:

(L to R) GYA Joshua Blue, GYA Benjamin Taylor, RGFA Erik Van Heyningen, GYA Elliott Paige, and Music Director Stephen Lord conducting the St. Louis Symphony in the 2016 Center Stage Concert. Photo by: J. David Levy

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.