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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

Youth Principal Roles

Auditions dates Nov. 28 & 29, 2016

Seattle Opera will be holding auditions for Drei Knabe (Three Spirits) in Mozart's Die Zauberflote (THE MAGIC FLUTE) to be performed in May 2017.

  • Casting 6 total singers, 2 sets of trios.
  • Vocal requirements: SOLO quality with substantial volume. Unchanged boys voices and young girls (teenage) sopranos and altos needed.
  • Roles require advanced vocal training, steady tone, clear pitch, and ability to project the voice in a large theater.
  • Previous on-stage experience a plus, as is ability to quickly memorize the role in German.
  • Music rehearsals begin mid-February—staging-ready by April 10.
  • Please prepare and memorize two selections for the audition: One in German, one in English. Classical repertoire only, NO musical theater repertoire at this time.
  • Sheet music at audition required for accompanist to play. Both selections will be performed.

Rehearsal information will be available at the audition.

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

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 (e.g. climbing stairs, kneeling, standing on a raked stage, light dance movements etc.).

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Auditions for Youth Opera Chorus

Crescendo & Advanced Ensemble

Crescendo: This program is an auditioned treble chorus for children who have stage experience and are comfortable performing. Crescendo will rehearse Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 starting September 15.

Advanced Ensemble: Advanced Ensemble is an auditioned mixed-voice chorus for students ages 11-18, which includes changing male voices. this program will rehearse on Saturdays from 11:30 to 1:00 starting September 17.

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Teen Vocal Studio

A training program for the serious performer, members of the Studio have the opportunity to perform as soloists throughout the community, participate in master classes, attend exclusive events to meet our mainstage artists, and serve as leaders for teen opera workshops.

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