Each year, we audition emerging artists for our Young Artist Program. The year 2019 has many exciting opportunities for talented emerging singers who are passionate and dedicated to moving forward in their craft.

The program is led by our Artistic Director, Simon Kenway, with other industry professionals and includes music coaching, professional development classes, masterclasses, and workshops. Each year, the program also provides the Young Artists with many opportunities to perform. 

An information pack is available to download here

We don’t have an age limit, but artist positions will be awarded to those singers whom the panel feels has a genuine chance at a professional career.

We accept artists from all over Australia; however, please note that most activities are Sydney-based and will require you to be in Sydney for at least 1-2 weeks per month from February to October 2019. 

Auditions for the 2019 Program:

Auditions will be held on Friday 30 November and Sunday 2 December 2018 at The Opera Centre, 480 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, in the Joan Sutherland Studio. Auditions are strictly by appointment only. If extra dates are required due to sufficient demand, then we will add them.

You will be required to prepare 3 arias or songs of any period in their original languages. An aria in English is encouraged but not essential. We recommend that your choices are contrasting.

• The panel may choose to hear 1 or 2 of your arias.
• A $50 administration fee will be payable at time of application. 
• An accompanist will be provided for you. You are welcome to bring your own accompanist if preferred.

The Auditions Manager will contact suitable candidates to confirm an audition time. Please direct your enquiries to the Auditions Manager, Anne Chivas, on:

We strongly encourage you to audition in person, if possible. If you are not available to audition in person, please contact our Operations Manager to discuss possibly auditioning by video.

Thank you for your interest in taking your career to the next level with Pacific Opera.

Applications are now closed.

Young Repetiteur Auditions:

We would like to invite interested pianists who would like to learn from Simon Kenway and gain some opera repetiteur experience to apply for our 2019 Young Artist Program. You will be asked to accompany a singer with 1 prepared aria and sightread another aria. Repertoire will be advised to you with your audition timeslot. Please use the application link above.

Young Director Auditions:

We would like to invite interested directors who would like to get some hands-on experience assisting professional opera directors to apply for our 2019 Young Artist Program. You will be asked to attend an interview with Pacific Opera. The chosen applicant will be given the opportunity to observe industry professionals working with young opera singers, mentored in directing by the professional facilitators who direct our Young Artists, particularly in scene work and concert direction, as well as given the opportunity to direct their own performances with Pacific Opera. Please use the application link above.

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