Audition Resources for the Opera Colorado Artist in Residence Program
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As an emerging artist, navigating the world of operatic auditions and applications can be challenging. In order to make this process more accessible, check out some resources below.
Here at Opera Colorado, we are rooting for you! We want to see you at your best, so please take your time, look at all the resources on this page, and if you still have questions feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to reviewing your application!
The Artists in Residence are early-professional opera performers who participate in an eight-month residency program with Opera Colorado. During their residency, they gain valuable performance experience and receive ongoing artistic training and career coaching. The Artists in Residence are highly involved in mainstage and touring productions and bring opera directly to schools and community venues throughout Colorado and surrounding states.
The 2023-24 Season will include an abridged touring production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola and an abridged touring production of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. Details about our mainstage season are available on YAP Tracker once you create an account and log in to the application.
Artists in Residence will receive regular training and coaching from Opera Colorado artistic staff and guest artists. They will have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses, coaching, and lessons during their residency. Career coaching and professional development will also be provided. Additionally, each Artist in Residence will be assigned various production duties and have the opportunity to learn about other aspects of the industry.
Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States prior to applying. Applicants are required to hold a master’s degree (or performance certificate) in the area of vocal performance or collaborative piano. Applicants should have considerable experience in opera on the graduate and/or professional level. Applicants must be available to be in Colorado from September 5, 2023 through June 9, 2024. There will be an uncompensated break from November 18, 2023 – January 2, 2024.
Yes. Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. All applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed, and all candidates are given equal consideration. It is common for us to receive over 200 applications in the final 24 hours before the application deadline, so please submit as early as possible. Submitting early gives us more time to view and read through your materials.
Our template below is a great starting place for creating your cover letter. Your cover letter should be approximately one page in length. Use the cover letter to introduce yourself to us and explain why you are interested specifically in the program at Opera Colorado. We want to know why you are interested in working with us as an Artist in Residence. Your cover letter should reflect familiarity with our specific Artists in Residence Program as well as Opera Colorado.
No, the application process and the auditions are two separate processes. The application process is used to prescreen all candidates and assign audition slots to the selected candidates. Once you submit an application, your materials will be reviewed. You will receive an email stating whether or not you have been selected to audition.
All applicants will receive notice of their audition status via email no later than November 15. If for some reason you have not heard from our team after that date, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
The 2023-24 season will include an abridged touring production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola and an abridged touring production of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. Details about our mainstage season will be available on YAP Tracker once you create an account and log in to the application.
For your introduction, we would like to see how you might explain your performance to a group of elementary school students who are unfamiliar with opera. It should be short, easy to understand, and show us your personality.
Yes! The video above offers some useful tips from former Artists in Residence.
Submit a recent video or audio recording that showcases your voice as it is now. Avoid using older recordings that are not representative of your current talents. Any recording you submit should be no more than six months old.
Select repertoire that is appropriate for the season for which you are applying. Choose music and composers that appear in our upcoming season or are similar in style.
We love reading cover letters from applicants who have explored our website and found ways in which our program and company resonate with them personally and professionally.
Be sure to read the application and audition requirements thoroughly. We want you to know what you’re applying for. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the information you need.
Application Materials Samples & Templates
Materials like resumes, cover letters, and repertoire lists can sometimes feel like the biggest hurdle when you are gathering all that is necessary for your application. To help take the guesswork out of the process, we’ve provided some examples and templates below.