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Mainstage Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Leading roles for our 2019 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, 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.

Former GYAs Sydney Mancasola and Geoffrey Agpalo with members of the GYA program. 2018 La traviata. Photo by Ken Howard.

2019 Festival Season

Opera Theatre's 2019 season includes The Marriage of Figaro, Rigoletto, The Coronation of Poppea, and Fire Shut Up in My Bones. In addition to assigning covers for the leading roles, we will be casting the following supporting roles in the season:

The Marriage of Figaro:

Antonio, Don Curzio, Barbarina, Bridesmaid 1 & 2


Marullo, Borsa, Giovanna, Count Ceprano, Countess Ceprano, A Page, Usher

The Coronation of Poppea:

Fortuna, Valetto, Virtu, Amor, Lucano, Liberto, Familari 1, 2, & 3

Fire Shut Up In My Bones:

To be determined

RGFA Michael Day and members of the GYA program. 2017 The Grapes of Wrath. 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, AUGUST 17, 2018

Preliminary Final

St. Louis Preliminary Round

Monday, September 10

St. Louis Final Round

Monday, September 10

New York Preliminary Round

Tuesday, September 11

Wednesday, September 12

Thursday, September 13

New York Final Round

Friday, September 14

Oberlin, OH Preliminary Round

Saturday, September 15

Oberlin, OH Final Round

Saturday, September 15

Bloomington, IN Preliminary Round

Monday, September 17

Cincinnati, OH Final Round

Wednesday, September 19

Cincinatti, OH Preliminary Round

Tuesday, September 18

Cincinnati, OH Final Round

Wednesday, September 19

Boston Preliminary Round

Thursday, September 20

Boston Final Round

Friday, September 21


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, AUGUST 17, 2018

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Contact Information

For further questions in regards to the 2019 Gerdine Young Artists Program auditions, please send an email to

(l to r) GYAs Rehanna Thelwell, Andrea Núñez, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in the 2018 Center Stage Concert. Photo by Ken Howard.

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