Pittsburgh Opera holds auditions for principal roles, chorus, orchestra, supernumeraries, and the Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artist Training Program on a regular basis.
Pittsburgh Opera is holding open auditions seeking three boys to perform the roles of Sam, Virgil, and Martin in their 2017-18 season production of Jeremy Beck’s The Long Walk. The opera is a deeply personal exploration of a soldier’s return from Iraq where he served as an officer in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit and his battle with what he calls “the Crazy” as he tries to reintegrate into his family life.
Pittsburgh Opera will consider applicants in the age range of 7-12 years old (actual ages of the characters in the piece are 5, 7, and 10 respectively). Applicants must be capable of singing treble vocal lines and to act on stage with professional artists. Pittsburgh Opera will offer an honorarium for those engaged for the production.
All appropriate applicants are welcome to apply. Pittsburgh Opera encourages children of all backgrounds to apply.
Applicants should be prepared to sing a short song in English no more than 3 minutes long. Classical or Broadway, a church hymn or similar is acceptable. Applicants will be tested for range in individual hearings.
Auditions will be held on Friday, October 6 starting at 6:00 pm at Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters at 2425 Liberty Avenue in the Strip District.
All interested applicants should send a headshot or photo and a resume of any performance history to Rob Boldin, Manager of Artistic Administration. No phone inquiries
The Long Walk is a gripping, contemporary American opera by Jeremy Howard Beck with
libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann, The Long Walk is based on the book The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows by Brian Castner.
‘The Long Walk’ is the term for when a bomb disposal expert puts on their bomb suit and walks, alone, towards an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which they must disarm. As Castner explains in an interview, “It is an extremely lonely experience; no one can help you.” However, ‘the long walk’ also refers to the struggle to re-integrate back into your own life upon returning to the United States, a struggle which Castner shares with brutal honesty.
Commissioned by American Lyric Theater in 2012, the opera was developed under the auspices of the Composer Librettist Development Program, and premiered at Opera Saratoga in 2015. The Times Union called it “a daring operatic depiction of war’s aftermath”; another reviewer said it “hits on all that makes us human”.
Below is a tentative schedule. This is meant to give an idea of the commitment and is subject to change.
Music Rehearsals (all music rehearsals will occur at 2425 Liberty Avenue)
- Tuesday October. 17 6-7 pm
- Monday November 6 6-7:30
- Monday. November 13 6-7:30
- Monday November 20 6-7:30
- Saturday December 2 1-2:30
- Monday. December 11 6-7:30
- Monday December 18 6-7:30
- Wednesday December 20 6-7:30
Staging rehearsals will occur in the early afternoon (after school) and/or the evenings on:
- Tuesday, January 2
- Wednesday, January 3
- Thursday, January 5
- Saturday, January 6
- Monday, January 8
- Tuesday, January 9
- Thursday, January 11
- Friday, January 12
- Sunday, January 14
Technical Rehearsals (at CAPA Theatre Downtown)
- Monday, January 15 5-10 pm
- Tuesday, January 16 5-10 pm
- Wednesday, January 17 6-10 pm
- Thursday, January 18 5:30-9:30 pm
Performances (all performances will be at CAPA Theatre)
- Saturday, January 20 at 8:00 pm
- Tuesday, January 23 at 7:00 pm
- Friday, January 26 at 7:30 pm
- Sunday January 28 at 2:00 pm
The Section Viola audition has been postponed until further notice. Please check back early 2018 for any updates.
The 2017-18 chorus auditions are closed. Please check back in Spring of 2018 for information on the annual open chorus auditions.
Pittsburgh Opera conducts general auditions every December in New York City and by appointment in Pittsburgh. These auditions are not associated with any future repertoire, but are for general purposes only.
To be considered for an audition, send a cover letter, resume, photo and/or recording via US Mail or e-mail to:
William J. Powers, Director of Administration and Artistic Operations
2425 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
We regret that we are not able to audition all who submit materials and only selected applicants will be contacted for auditions.
Applications are accepted from both represented and non-represented singers.
Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists
Auditions for Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artist Training Program are held annually in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and New York City.
See additional information about Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artist Training Program, including audition information.