The glorious finale of our 2014-15 Resident Artist production, Rodelinda.
The 2014-15 Resident Artist production, Rodelinda.

Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artist Program has long been hailed as one of the country's leading training programs for emerging opera artists. While providing guidance from the opera industry’s leaders and innovators, the program guides singers through the development of their vocal skills, improvement of their stage presence and expansion of their repertoire.

Resident Artist Auditions

Each year, exceptional singers from around the world are selected to enter the program from a pool of more than 500 applicants through national auditions held in New York City, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Each applicant must demonstrate significant operatic potential and thorough musical and theatrical training. Applicants who are granted an audition must demonstrate their versatility and proficiency in various musical styles and foreign languages by performing five contrasting arias in at least two foreign languages.

2017 Resident Artist Auditions

To Apply: Fill out our NEW YAP Tracker Resident Artist Audition Online Application Form.
Application Deadline: The 2017 deadline has passed. If we have contacted you about auditions please see dates and locations below.

You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see the website for details). Registration can be completed at

Audition Dates/Locations:

  • Pittsburgh, PA: November 18, 2017 - Callbacks same day
  • Cincinnati, OH: November 28, 2017 - Callbacks November 28 or 29
  • New York, NY: December 4-7, 2017 - Callbacks December 8

Application Materials Required:

  • Current professional resume
  • Two recent letters of recommendation from recognized authorities in the opera field
  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.00
  • One headshot

Audition Requirements:

  • Applicant should be prepared to sing, from memory, five contrasting arias demonstrating French, German, English, and Italian language aptitude. The audition panel reserves the right to select the aria(s) to be performed from the list provided.
  • Applicant must sing a callback audition in order to be considered for the program.

Resident Artist Stage Director Applications 

Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Pittsburgh Opera is accepting applications for its Stage Director/Assistant Director position in the Resident Artist Program. The Resident Artist Stage Director/Assistant Director will have the opportunity to work alongside leading international directors, conductors and singers. He or she will work closely with production and artistic staff on all aspects of the company’s annual productions. The person in this position will serve as Assistant Director for all Pittsburgh Opera productions. In addition, the Resident Artist Stage Director will have opportunities to stage scenes and other presentations featuring the Resident Artist Singers.

Application Requirements:

  • A letter enumerating qualifications
  • Resume
  • References

Send all requirements to Emily Grand.

Download full application information as a PDF.

Resident Artist Auditions FAQ 2017