| 2020 Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for Union Avenue Opera’s 2020 Festival Season.

2020 Season Dates:
Offenbach’s Les contes D’Hoffman – July 10, 11, 17, 18
Rehearsals begin June 22 (additional chorus rehearsals May/June)
Presented in French

Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia – July 31, August 1, 7, 8
Rehearsals begin July 13 (additional chorus rehearsals May/June)
Presented in Italian

Blitzsetin’s The Cradle Will Rock – August 22, 23, 28, 29
Rehearsals begin August 3 (additional chorus rehearsals May/June)

The application is available through YAP tracker by either clicking on the following link or by copying and pasting the link into your browser window.

If you are not a member of YAP, you can create a free guest account by clicking “register” and then scrolling to the bottom of the page.

No audition will be granted without submission of an online application.

Applications will be reviewed, and auditions granted, on a rolling basis. There is no guarantee audition times will still be available at time of posted deadline.

Once all audition times are assigned, Union Avenue Opera will place interested applicants on a waitlist and fill cancellations from said list as they become available. While it is not guaranteed, it is highly likely that you will be moved from the waitlist to the audition list if you are placed on it.

Audition Dates:
St. Louis, MO
Friday, January 24, 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020

New York City, NY (times TBA)
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Friday, January 31, 2020

Applications will be accepted until the deadlines outlined below or until all audition slots are filled.
FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE – Open until filled or January 3, 2020

Approved applications subject to audition fees (NYC $40; STL $15). There is no fee for artists auditioning for CHORUS ONLY.

An accompanist will be provided at all locations.

Union Avenue Opera will be hearing for all singing roles.

  • The role of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia is preferred in the Mezzo key for consideration
  • Ideally the following roles in Les contes D’Hoffmann will be sung by the same artist
    • Spalanzani/Andrews/Franz/Pittichinaccio
    • Stella/Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta
    • Lindorf/Coppelius/Dr. Miracle/Dappertutto

Union Avenue Opera only considers LOCAL artists for CHORUS. To be considered for CHORUS you must audition in St. Louis. Chorus positions are paid however housing is not provided for members of the chorus therefore artists must reside in or around STL during the production period and be available for 3-4 chorus rehearsals in late May/early June (TBD).

All positions are compensated. Principal and Comprimario roles include housing for non-local artists and travel stipends are available in some instances.

Transportation to and from the rehearsal/performance venue is the responsibility of the artist.

Union Avenue Opera does not hire covers.

Furthermore, Artists currently enrolled in an undergraduate program within 60 miles of Union Avenue Opera will not be granted an audition without completion of at least two years of Union Avenue Opera’s FREE University Artists Outreach program, CRESCENDO. For more information on this free opportunity please visit www.unionavenueopera.org/crescendo/

To be considered for the chorus you must audition in St. Louis. ONLY local artists will be considered for chorus.

UAO does not accept (or consider) audio submissions in lieu of a live audition. UAO does not hear auditions outside of scheduled audition dates. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

All audition fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Agents wishing to submit artist(s) should download the 2020 Agent Submission Form and email it to auditions@unionavenueopera.org. Incomplete forms will not be accepted and must be sent by the agency listed on the form.

UAO will notify all artists after auditions are complete and casting decisions made (typically mid March). Please do not call the office inquiring feedback or results.

Audition Rep Requirements. Please download the appropriate UAO rep list to see audition requirements.
Principal/Comprimario rep list – DOWNLOAD
Chorus ONLY rep list – DOWNLOAD

All artists are required to bring a hardcopy resume, headshot, and UAO rep list to the audition. The rep list does not need to be submitted in advance and should consist of the following:

Artists auditioning for Principal and Comprimario roles should prepare five (5) arias including at least one (1) selection from the opera(s) you wish to be considered and one (1) selection in English.

Artists auditioning for Chorus ONLY should prepare three (3) arias including one (1) selection in English.

Union Avenue Opera presents all operas in original languages and artists are highly encouraged to present selections in their original language. Artists are encouraged to present selections from the roles for which they wish to be considered. UAO does not guarantee the artist more than one selection at the time of audition.