A woman in a shirt with a sash with medals on it sits on a chair as a woman in a dress lowers a crown to her head. A man and young boy stand next to the chair. A woman and man in fancy clothes stand on the otherside but further back.
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

Audition Information:

Pittsburgh Opera is currently accepting applications for the Resident Artist Stage Director / Assistant Director position for the 2022-2023 Season. Please see the full announcement for details.

Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Singer Auditions are currently in process, please contact Sarah Schultz at sschultz@pittsburghopera.org if you have any questions

We will be holding our annual live audition tour in New York City, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh. In addition, we will be working together with other young artist programs on a coordinated virtual audition process as an option in lieu of a live audition. Steps are outlined below to guide your understanding of this shared video audition process, followed by information about our live audition process.


  • Step 1: Apply to each program as you normally would. Applications are due Sunday, September 12.
  • Step 2: Notifications of video auditions will be sent by each company by Friday, October 8. This notification will contain a link to submit a new aria list.
  • Step 3: Submit your aria list (one list for all programs), indicating your chosen “starter” aria, by Tuesday, October 12.
  • Step 4: Notification of requested arias from your list (one request for all programs) will be uploaded to your YAP Tracker application on Wednesday, October 20.
  • Step 5: Record a new video audition and submit the video to each company via YAP Tracker by Friday, November 5.

*LIVE AUDITIONS (Pittsburgh Opera Only)

  • Step 1: Apply to Pittsburgh Opera as you normally would. Applications are due Sunday, September 19. *Please note that to have a live audition, you must be fully vaccinated (with proof) by your audition date. Anyone who is unable to comply, should choose the video audition option.
  • Step 2: Notifications of live auditions for Pittsburgh Opera will be sent by Monday, November 8. Information about showing proof of vaccination will be sent with audition notifications.
  • Step 3: Attend your live audition. If you are not fully vaccinated by the time of your audition, you must choose the video audition option on your application.

Audition Timeline for Virtual and *Live Auditions

  • Sunday, September 12, 2021: Virtual Audition Applications Due
  • *Sunday, September 19, 2021: Live Audition Applications Due
  • Friday, October 8, 2021: Singers notified for advancement to second-round video auditions
  • Monday, October 12: Aria lists due for video auditions
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021: Video audition aria selection notifications
  • Friday, November 5: Video audition submissions due
  • *Monday, November 8: Singers notified for advancement to live auditions
  • *November 30-December 1: Cincinnati live auditions & callbacks
  • *December 3-4: Pittsburgh live auditions & callbacks
  • *December 7-9: New York live auditions
  • *December 10: New York callbacks
  • Offers to join the program will be given in early January

Application Materials Required (2021):

  • Current professional resume
  • One headshot
  • Two video recordings in contrasting styles and languages
  • Two References from recognized authorities in the opera field

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 video 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