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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 season. Auditions for future seasons will take place in late summer or early fall of 2018. Information regarding audition opportunities as well as applications to audition for our 2019 Gerdine Young Artist Program will be available after July 16, 2018.  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, 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.

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


(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.

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