Posted on
Mar 30

Gerdine Young Artist Program

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

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September 21, 2022

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Gerdine Young Artist Program

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Posted on
Mar 30


Named after Opera Theatre's founding board chairman, Leigh Gerdine, and his wife Alice, the Gerdine Young Artist Program, led by soprano Patricia Racette, Artistic Director of Young Artist Programs, seeks to offer emerging young artists invaluable performance experience as they begin their professional careers. In addition to singing in the mainstage production choruses, Gerdine Young Artists (GYAs) are featured in supporting roles, cover all roles in mainstage productions, and are featured soloists in the annual Center Stage concert accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, an event that draws opera administrators, artist managers, and national and international press to St. Louis each season to discover the finest of emerging young artists.

Season Information
The 2022 Festival Season includes productions of CarmenThe Magic FluteAwakenings (world premiere), and Harvey Milk Reimagined (world premiere). All productions are performed in English.

In addition to cover assignments for all mainstage production roles, OTSL intends to cast the following Featured and Supporting roles from its young artist programs: 
Soprano: Frasquita, Papagena, 1st Spirit, 2nd Spirit, Lily, Ruth, Ms. Kohl, Henrietta Wong
Mezzo-Soprano: Mercedes, Second Lady, 3rd Spirit, Lucy, Dr. Landau, Mama
Tenor: Remendado, 1st Priest, 1st Armored Man, Frank, Rose's Fiance, Young Harvey
Bass-Baritone / Bass: Dancairo, Morales, Zuniga, The Speaker, 2nd Priest, 2nd Armored Man, Dr. Samuel Sacks



PLEASE NOTE: All auditionees must have proof of COVID vaccination to participate in live auditions and in the 2022 Festival Season.

All applicants will be notified by email of their application status by October 15, 2021.

No Age Limit

Application Information

Please Submit all materials via your Resonance Portal:

  • Complete application form
  • One page résumé (pdf)
  • One high-resolution headshot (png or jpg)
  • One video file of a recording made within 12 months of application deadline. (Please record what you sing best!)
  • Two professional references with contact information (No written recommendations will be accepted.)

Video Recordings:
Pre-screening video files may be recorded with a live or backing track accompaniment of piano or orchestra. Please do not submit a capella recordings. Selection should be recorded from memory. While we encourage applicants to submit a video of operatic repertoire, we will also accept a video recording of a recent performance, recital, or concert as long as the artist can be seen clearly. Video should show as much of the artist (full body) as possible so we can clearly see your acting choices.

For tips on creating videos, Opera America has put together Remote Audition Guidelines to help you with the process. Click for more information.

Deadline Details

Audition Information

If granted an in-person audition, please prepare four (4) selections showing a variety of styles in at least three (3) different languages, one (1) of which must be in English (translations are acceptable). Three (3) selections should be opera arias and the fourth can be another aria or musical theater. You may amend your choices at any time prior to your audition. Please bring a printed copy of your amended audition repertoire list with you at the time of your audition.

New York, NY USA: Tue 16th Nov 2021 - Fri 19th Nov 2021
Miami, FL USA: Tue 30th Nov 2021
Atlanta, GA USA: Wed 1st Dec 2021
Houston, TX USA: Thu 2nd Dec 2021
Los Angeles, CA USA: Fri 3rd Dec 2021
Cincinnati, OH USA: Sun 5th Dec 2021
St. Louis, MO USA: Mon 6th Dec 2021 - Tue 7th Dec 2021

Payment Information


Payment is provided

  • $669.34-752.98 a week
  • $342.86 one-time sustenance stipend
  • Round-trip travel and local travel coverage/reimbursement
  • Housing provided
  • AGMA contract

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Application Details

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Fee: $

Opportunity Dates

Start Date:
Thursday, April 27, 2023
End Date:
Thursday, June 29, 2023

Location Details

210 Hazel Avenue St. Louis, MO 63119

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Opera Theatre of Saint Louis


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