Wolf Trap Opera Auditions

The Wolf Trap Opera is a paid, performance-oriented summer residency for singers of exceptional achievement and potential. All productions are professionally conducted, directed, coached, and designed; and are performed in the original language with full orchestra.

The 2015 summer season will include two or three opera productions with full orchestra, several recital or concert opportunities, and a Studio Artist scenes program.

2015 Dates

We do not set exact dates until we hear auditions, decide on repertoire and embark on casting. Rehearsals will begin in mid/late May, and performances may last through the third week of August. Not all artists are required to be present for the entire season, but you should only apply if you are available for at least two months of this mid-May to mid-August time frame. Please note any conflicts within the overall time frame on your application form.

Fall 2014 Audition Dates & Deadlines

The deadlines for New York, Cincinnati, Chicago and Philadelphia have passed.

City Application
New York, NY Sept. 1 Sept. 13 Oct. 4, 5, 6, 7
Cincinnati, OH     Sept. 1     Sept. 20 Oct. 11, 12, 13
Chicago, IL     Sept. 10    Sept. 22 Oct. 14, 15, 16
Philadelphia, PA Sept. 10 Sept. 28 Oct. 19
Los Angeles, CA Sept. 24 Oct. 5 Oct. 26
San Francisco, CA Sept. 24 Oct. 5 Oct. 28
Houston, TX Oct. 6 Oct.14 Nov. 5, 6, 7
Vienna, VA Oct. 6 Oct. 22 Nov. 10, 11, 12

Who Should Apply?

Filene Young Artist Profile

Filene Young Artists sing principal, featured and supporting roles in all WTO productions. Approximately 15 Filene Young Artists are engaged for each summer season. They are paid a stipend, and housing is provided at no cost.

Successful candidates are at an interim point between academic training and full-time professional careers. Most FYA’s have recently finished a graduate or professional degree program and are not more than 2-3 years past completion of academic training and/or full-time young artist program work.

If you are just beginning graduate study, or haven’t done any of the paid young artist residency programs, it’s probably too early to be competitive. Conversely, if it has been more than 2 years since you were last involved in an academic or full time young artist program, you have already moved beyond the reach of our program.

Ready to Apply?  FYA application instructions

Studio Artist Profile

Studio Artists sing ensemble and solo bit roles in mainstage productions, perform their own scenes program and participate in a skill-enhancing and career-building curriculum designed especially for them. They are paid a stipend, and housing is provided at no cost.

Successful Studio Artist candidates will be at least undergraduate sophomores (in the year in which they audition) and not more advanced than first-year graduate students. By the time of the residency (summer 2015), no Studio Artist can have completed more than 1 year of a graduate degree.

Ready to Apply? SA application instructions 

Coaching Fellowship Profile

Each Fellow’s summer is structured according to individual strengths and needs, but typically includes serving as rehearsal pianist for one or more productions; providing artist coaching as needed; running supertitle translations during performances; and coaching and playing the Studio Artist scenes program.

Candidates for the coaching fellowship are typically currently involved in graduate degree programs or young artist training programs.

Candidates who are already working professionally are typically beyond the scope of this program.

Ready to Apply? Fellowship application instructions 

Internship Profile

The WTO offers internships in stage management, technical theatre, costumes, administration, directing and multi-media.

Successful candidates are college students or recent graduates who are interested in learning more about working in an opera company. They typically have acquired relevant skills in academic and amateur environments but do not yet have significant professional experience.

Interns are not chosen during the fall audition tour. Internship applications will be available each year in late winter through the Wolf Trap Foundation Education department. 

Learn more about Wolf Trap internships 

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