Cincinnati Opera Announces Auditions for 2018 Season Young Artists

co_logoCINCINNATI—Auditions for Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 Young Artist positions will be held at the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio on November 30, December 1, 2, and 3, 2017.

Young Artist positions are specifically for young, up-and-coming singers who wish to gain professional experience and exposure in the opera industry. Young Artists will be engaged as Choristers in Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 Summer Festival productions. In addition to their chorus duties, Young Artists often perform at various donor and patron events and programs during the season, and may also be engaged to cover principal roles in rehearsals or perform comprimario roles in mainstage productions. Young Artists have the opportunity to work with distinguished professionals in the field, as well as experienced staff members, to build and enhance repertoire through private coachings. Rehearsals and performances for the 2018 Summer Festival will begin mid-May (exact start dates TBD) and run through the end of July.

Audition Process
Auditions are by invitation through an application process. Not all applicants will receive an audition. Applicants who receive an audition are also eligible for positions in the 2018 Summer Festival Chorus. Please email with any questions.

  1. Complete the online application and submit the $10 application fee at
  1. Completed applications must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  1. Auditions will be held at the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall (1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202). Singers should prepare five (5) arias in the original languages. An accompanist will be provided.

Please Note: Positions in the Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival Chorus, principal cover, and comprimario roles in season productions are under the jurisdiction of AGMA, the American Guild of Musical Artists.

2018 Season
Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 Summer Festival, which will run from June 14 to July 31, begins with a magnificent production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata in Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium, followed by the company’s first-ever production of a work by the first major opera composer, Claudio Monteverdi, with The Coronation of Poppea at the Corbett Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. The season continues with Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, on the Music Hall stage for the first time in over 20 years. The season closes with two groundbreaking new works in repertory. First, Cincinnati Opera presents the United States premiere of Another Brick in the Wall, based on the legendary Pink Floyd album The Wall, brought to full operatic realization in a stunning multimedia production that earned standing ovations at every performance of its sold-out world premiere run at Canada’s Opéra de Montréal. Finally, the chamber opera As One, the coming-of-age story of a transgender woman, will be presented in the intimate new Wilks Studio at Music Hall.

For additional 2018 season and casting information, please visit

Founded in 1920 and the second oldest opera company in the nation, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of grand opera every June and July. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary masterworks brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative teams. 

Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 Summer Festival runs June 14 through July 31, featuring Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, Claudio Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Laura Kaminsky’s As One, and the United States premiere of Another Brick in the Wall, based on the Pink Floyd album The Wall. Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 season is made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, Macy’s, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations.



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