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Seattle Opera.



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
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). 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 will take place in March 2019. Check this website after September 1, 2018 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



Placement auditions for The Youth Opera Project will be held on June 14 & 16, 2018. The Youth Opera Project accepts everyone ages 7–18, regardless of skill level. No prior experience is necessary.

Seattle Opera is committed to providing opportunities for youth and families to experience opera. Limited financial assistance is available.

Auditions will be held at Seattle Opera's Rehearsal Studios, 200 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109.

Auditions last approximately 7 minutes. You will be asked to select a specific date and time for your audition (between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, and between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday). Please plan to arrive fifteen minutes before your scheduled placement audition. 

Singers should prepare one of the following songs for their placement audition (sung without accompaniment):

  • Happy Birthday
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Additionally, you have the option to prepare a short song of your choice.

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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

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