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.

2019 Resident Artist Auditions

To Apply - fill out our YAP Tracker Resident Artist Audition Online Application Form

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 23, 2019 - Callbacks November 23
  • Cincinnati, OH: December 2-3, 2019 - Callbacks December 3
  • New York, NY: December 9-12, 2019 - Callbacks December 13

Application Deadline: Friday, October 11, 2019

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 Auditions FAQ 2019