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Seattle Opera.


Auditions for Singers

Principal Artists

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:

Artistic Administrator
Seattle Opera
1020 John Street
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).

Open Chorus Auditions will take place in November 2016. Check this website after September 1, 2016 for further instructions on how to apply. Auditions must be scheduled in advance and will be by invitation only. Only residents of Seattle and/or the greater Seattle metropolitan area are eligible to sing in the Seattle Opera Chorus.

Audition Requirements
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
  • ability to carry out basic theatrical movement (ie. climbing stairs, kneeling, standing on a raked stage, light dance movements etc..).

Youth Opera Chorus

Hansel & Gretel (Seattle Opera mainstage opera, sung in German) and Seattle Opera Youth Opera Choruses (Education Dept. Programming)

Seattle Opera is auditioning children 9-16 years of age who have unchanged voices (treble voices only) for its mainstage production of Hansel & Gretel both boys and girls encouraged to audition.

In addition the company is auditioning children 7-16 years of age for its Youth Opera Choruses. Both boys and girls are encouraged to audition.

  • Children are asked to sing one memorized piece, in any language.  
  • Children must bring sheet music with them.  
  • Appointment necessary
  • Positions are volunteer
  • Hansel & Gretel performs Oct. 15-30, 2016 (8 performances)
  • Youth Opera Chorus programming occurs throughout the year
  • Rehearsal information will be available at the audition

Audition date: May 10 3p-7p, & May 21 10a-5p

Please phone (206) 676-5812 or email to sign up for audition time slot and to get additional information.

Auditions for Community & Educational Programs

Seattle Opera is looking for professional classical singers of all voice types for community and educational programs including: Community Previews, Touring Opera, and Artful Aging.

Community Previews

An hour-long scripted presentation that takes the audience on a journey through the story and music of the upcoming mainstage opera.  Performers will sing excerpts from the opera and provide an overview of the story and production concept through spoken dialogue.  Operas being previewed include Hansel and Gretel, La Traviata, Katya Kabanova, and The Magic Flute. These Community Previews will be performed in a variety of locations including, but not limited to, libraries, retirement homes, community centers, and private events. Rehearsal and performance schedule TBA. 

Touring Opera

Cinderella en Espana, a Spanish-English bilingual children’s opera commissioned by HGOco, is our 2016/2017 school touring program that brings music and story to children throughout Washington State.  This is a 50 minute program that includes a Q & A after the performance. The schedule is as follows:  music rehearsal  October 19-21, 10 AM-1 PM; full rehearsal November 28-December 3, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM; full rehearsal December 5-December 10, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM; performances begin early January and runs through mid-June; touring Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 8am—4pm, selected evenings, and some performances will require overnight stays . 

Artful Aging

Recitals and Performances in retirement homes throughout King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Schedule TBA. 

How to Apply for an Audition

Please submit the following by June 4, 2016. Electronic submissions only. Please no calls or submissions by regular mail.

  • A resume and headshot to
  • Fill out our online application.
  • Recording of three contrasting classical pieces (no pieces from musical theater, please). One piece should be in English; the other two pieces should be in another language or languages.

Once we have received and reviewed your submission, we will invite finalists for live auditions on June 23rd and 24th, 2016 from 10:00 – 6:00pm.

Apply Online

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