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Auditions

Auditions

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.    

Principal singers

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
363 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Open Casting Call

Seattle Opera is seeking local singers for the 2019/20 Chamber Opera production of The Falling and the Rising.

The Falling and The Rising
Libretto by Jerre Dye
Music by Zachary Redler

The Falling and the Rising is an operatic story of service, sacrifice, and connection inside uncertainty. The opera was originally created from compiled interviews with deployed soldiers upon their return to Walter Reed National Medical Center, Arlington Cemetery, and Fort Meade. It serves as an ode to American soldiers, honoring the indomitable spirit of our military veterans and shining a light on the significance of their often untold stories.

The opera traces the inner journey of a comatose solder after she has suffered a roadside attack. As her consciousness traverses a coma-induced dreamscape, the audience serves as both companion and witness to her journey. Along the way we share powerful encounters with other fellow service members, each one on the brink of a discovery of their own. Together, they seek clarity and communal hope through their shared resilience in facing a murky and everchanging reality.

Auditions will be held April 15 and 19, 2019 from 10am—4pm.

We will be auditioning for the following roles:

  • Jumper (Tenor)
  • Colonel (Bass-baritone)
  • Homecoming Soldier (Baritone)

Rehearsals: Music and staging rehearsals begin October 28, 2019
Performances: November 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 2019 in Tagney Jones Hall at the Opera Center

To express interest in auditioning, please send a resume and headshot to auditions@seattleopera.org.

All those who believe that they are qualified are encouraged to apply.

Seattle Opera is committed to racial equity, and dismantling historic barriers of oppression. People of Color are encouraged to contact us.     

Artists must be 18 or older and have classical vocal training and stage performance experience.

Auditions will take place at The Opera Center (363 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109). Further information will be provided if you are granted an audition.

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 March 2019. Auditions must be scheduled in advance and are by invitation only. Preliminary auditions will be held Saturday, March 30 with successful candidates advancing to a callback audition on Saturday, April 6. To express interest in auditioning, please send a resume and headshot to chorus.auditions@seattleopera.org. 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.

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

YOUTH AUDITIONS

THE YOUTH OPERA PROJECT

Placement auditions for The Youth Opera Project were held on June 14 & 16, 2018 and are now closed. Information about performances of this year's Youth Opera Project performances of The Odyssey will be available soon!

 

Teen Vocal Studio

The Teen Vocal Studio is a select group of the Pacific Northwest’s finest young singers created to help you build your skills and prepare your résumé for college. 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 stagecraft, lyric diction (IPA), drama, movement, and musicianship. In addition, you will gain recital and performance experience—including a performance in a production of a complete opera. Studio members receive special access to company rehearsals, meet-and-greet receptions, and masterclasses with Seattle Opera’s renowned artists.

Auditions for the 2018/19 Teen Vocal Studio are closed.To be notified about future audition opportunities for youth at Seattle Opera, please email education@seattleopera.org.

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