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Mainstage Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Leading roles for our 2020 season are completely cast. Information regarding future mainstage audition opportunities will be forthcoming.   

The Gerdine Young Artist Program Auditions

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, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Monica Dewey, Ashley Emerson, Theo Hoffman, Kate Lindsey, Lester Lynch, Elliot Madore, Amanda Majeski, Sydney Mancasola, Nancy Maultsby, Phyllis Pancella, Keith Phares, Morris Robinson, Alek Shrader, Matthew Worth, Laura Wilde, and Corinne Winters to name but a few. In recent years, Opera Theatre has added 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 Harolyn Blackwell, 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, 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.

Each season, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis presents Center Stage, a showcase concert of scenes, featuring participants of The Gerdine Young Artist and The Richard Gaddes Festival Artist Programs accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. 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.

(l to r) GYAs Heeseung Chae, Calvet Young, Jamie Groote, Gregory Feldmann, Griffen Tracy and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in the 2019 Center Stage Concert. Photo by Eric Woolsey.

2020 Festival Season

Opera Theatre's 2020 season includes Carmen, Die Fledermaus, Awakenings, and Susannah. In addition to assigning covers for the leading roles, we will be casting the following supporting roles in the season:


Frasquita, Mercedes, Remendado, Dancairo, and Morales

Die Fledermaus:

Ida, Dr. Blind, and Ivan

Awakenings (world premiere):

Lily (sop), a Physical Therapist (sop), a Social Worker (sop), a Speech Therapist (ms), Lucy (ms), Frank (bar)


Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Gleaton, Mrs. Ott, Mrs. McLean, Elder Hayes, Elder Gleaton, Elder Ott, Elder McLean

(to r) GYAs Jessica Niles, Alexandra Urquiola, GFA Phillip Lopez, GYA Ángel Vargas, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in the 2019 Center Stage Concert. Photo by Eric Woolsey.

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: MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019

Preliminary Final

Oberlin, OH Preliminary Round

Monday, September 16

Oberlin, OH Final Round

Monday, September 16

Boston Preliminary Round

Tuesday, September 17

Boston Final Round

Wednesday, September 18

New York Preliminary Round

Thursday, September 19

Friday, September 20

Saturday, September 21

New York Final Round

Sunday, September 22

Bloomington, IN Preliminary Round

Monday, September 23

Cincinnati, OH Final Round

Wednesday, September 25

Cincinatti, OH Preliminary Round

Tuesday, September 24

Cincinnati, OH Final Round

Wednesday, September 25

Houston, TX Preliminary Round

Thursday, September 26 (subject to change)

Houston Final Round

Thursday, September 26 (subject to change)

St. Louis, MO Preliminary Round

Friday, September 27

St. Louis, MO Final Round

Friday, September 27

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: MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019

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Contact Information

For further questions in regards to the 2020 Gerdine Young Artists Program auditions, please send an email to

(to r) GFA Philippe L’Esperance, GYAs William Guanbo Su, Ndumiso Nyoka, Randell McGee, Heeseung Chae, Steven Ricks, Leroy Davis, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in the 2019 Center Stage Concert. Photo by Eric Woolsey.

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.