The 2014-15 Resident Artist production, Rodelinda. David Bachman Photography.
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
Thank you for your interest in the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Program – more information about auditions for the 2022-23 season will be posted here as it becomes available.
Starting with the 2021-22 Season, Pittsburgh Opera is adding a new position of Artistic Administration Assistant as part of the Resident Artist Program. This position will focus on training and support for emerging arts administrators. BIPOC and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Click here to see the full announcement.
To apply: please send a cover letter, resume, and references to Emily Grand at firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021
We are not currently accepting Resident Artist Stage Director Applications for the 2021-22 Season.
The 2020 Resident Artist Auditions are closed at this time. Please check back in August for information about the 2021 Resident Artist Auditions and Application.
Application Materials Required (2020):
- Current professional resume
- One headshot
- Two video recordings in contrasting styles and languages
- One recent letter of recommendation from a recognized authority in the opera field
- Non-refundable application fee of $5.00
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) from the list provided. Applicant must sing a second round or callback audition to be considered for the program.
If accepted as a Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera, the artist will be under exclusive contract from September through May for two years. If applicant is not prepared to accept the Resident Artist contract for its entire period, then the applicant should not participate in the audition.
Resident Artists receive a weekly stipend, assistance with relocation expenses, AGMA rates for mainstage roles, and assistance with voice lessons.
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Who is on the audition panel?
Christopher Hahn, General Director; William Powers, Managing Director;
Mark Trawka, Director of Musical Studies; Emily Grand, Resident Artist Administrator
Is there an age limit for the Resident Artist Program of Pittsburgh Opera?
There is not an official age limit, but most of our artists are in their 20’s and early 30’s. Singers are more likely to be granted an audition if they are about to or have recently completed formal academic training.
Do I need to be a US citizen to attend the program?
Pittsburgh Opera will not apply for a visa on your behalf. If you have a current visa that will allow you to work in the United States for the full two-year program, then we encourage you to apply.
How many arias will I sing?
Pittsburgh Opera is requiring two video recordings in contrasting styles and languages be submitted with the application. One must be an opera aria in audition format, the second may be a performance recording if desired, both should be recorded within the last year. For the second round of video auditions, at least two new video recordings will be required. Selected finalists may be asked to sing up to two arias, one of your choice, followed by the panel’s choice.
For Opera America's resources on Remote Auditions please visit: https://www.operaamerica.org/Files/RemoteAuditionsOA.pdf https://www.operaamerica.org/Files/RecordingAuditionsAtHome.pdf
What if I don’t know an aria in every language requested?
You should sing the arias you know and that you are comfortable performing.
What if I want to change my rep?
Instructions for how to submit your rep list for second-round video auditions will be sent out with audition notifications. If you are a finalist asked to sing a live audition, you may submit a new rep list at the time of your audition.
How do I find out about second-round video auditions?
If granted a second-round video audition, notifications will be sent out via YAP Tracker with the details by Friday, November 6. Finalists will be contacted via email.
When are casting decisions made?
Decisions will be made following the final round of auditions, which will take place in late December or early January. Offers will be given by telephone sometime early in the new year.
Will I receive feedback from the audition panel?
We regret that panelists will not be able to offer feedback.