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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

Porgy and Bess Chorus auditions

African-American performers interested in auditioning for the chorus of Porgy and Bess are invited to forward a resume and headshot to Audition is by invitation only – artists selected to be heard will be notified. First auditions are scheduled for September 14 and 16 – later audition dates will follow.

Please prepare two selections to be sung from memory with piano accompaniment, at least one in English. It is not necessary to prepare something from the opera itself, but you may if desired. Operatic arias are preferred, but selections may include music theater, classical/crossover song, spiritual, or oratorio aria. An accompanist is provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if preferred.

The approximate time commitment is June 18-August 25, 2018. Membership in AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) is required in order to be contracted by Seattle Opera. All communication regarding these auditions should be directed to the above email address, no phone calls please.

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 November 2018. 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


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