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

Application Deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021

We are not currently accepting Resident Artist Stage Director Applications for the 2021-22 Season.

Audition Information:

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

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) 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. 

Resident Artist FAQ 2020