Seattle Opera is committed to racial equity, and dismantling historic barriers of oppression. People of Color are encouraged to apply and audition for all opportunities listed below.
Auditions for principal roles are by invitation and are offered only to artists who are represented by professional artist management or under very special circumstances. Artists’ representatives should address resumes to:
363 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Seattle Opera Chorus
The Seattle Opera Chorus is a part time professional chorus. Each chorister is affiliated with the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). Choristers should be able to physically perform basic stage direction. When possible, within the artistic parameters of a particular production, Management will make its best effort to make reasonable adjustments when requested. Such adjustments will be made solely at Management’s discretion.
The next Open Chorus Auditions for the Supplemental Chorus roster will take place in the fall of 2020. Please check this page closer to that time for more information. Auditions must be scheduled in advance and are by invitation only. Only residents of the greater Seattle metropolitan area (within a 55 mile radius of Seattle Center) are eligible to work as a member of the Seattle Opera Chorus. No phone calls, please.
Candidates should prepare and memorize three selections in three different languages, one of which must be in Italian. Two selections must be opera arias. The remaining selection may be an art song or an oratorio excerpt. An accompanist will be provided for the use of singers who do not provide their own.
How Your Audition Will Be Judged
Auditions are evaluated on the following criteria:
- a demonstrated level of musicianship with attention to correct pitch, rhythm, dynamics, phrasing, and interpretation
- solid vocal technique
- appropriate diction in the common operatic languages
- large enough sound to carry in the theater
- an appropriate choral sound according to the artistic standard set by the General Director
- the ability to blend the voice
- stage presence
- dramatic sensibility
THE YOUTH OPERA PROJECT
The Youth Opera Project is a comprehensive opera training program designed to guide youth through the journey of rehearsing and performing a fully staged, fully produced youth opera. Students age 7–18 of all experience levels will explore singing, acting, dancing, and more, culminating with public performances of an opera at Cornish Playhouse in the spring.
Auditions for the Youth Opera Project will be held on Thursday, May 30 & Saturday, June 1. The Youth Opera Project accepts everyone ages 7–18, regardless of skill level. No prior experience is necessary.
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Teen Vocal Studio
The Teen Vocal Studio is a unique training program for young Pacific Northwest Singers created to help you enhance your skills as a performer as well as your résumé. As a member of the Teen Vocal Studio, you’ll join one of North America’s leading opera companies to learn first-hand about pursuing a career as a singer. Seattle Opera will complement your own private lessons with your teacher, helping you build many other necessary performance skills with workshops in musicianship, drama, auditions, and lyric diction (IPA). In addition, you will gain recital and performance experience—including a performance in a production of a complete opera as part of the Youth Opera Project. Studio members receive special access to company rehearsals and masterclasses with Seattle Opera’s renowned artists.
Auditions for the 2019/20 Teen Vocal Studio are on Saturday, May 18 and are open to current high school students (except graduating seniors).
Singers should prepare one or two art song selections in any language for their audition. Singers who are not currently studying with a private voice teacher should contact us at email@example.com to discuss additional options for their audition.
Auditions will take place at The Opera Center, 363 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109. An accompanist will be provided.
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