Charlottesville Opera

2022 Emerging Artist Auditions

This application closed on Monday February 14, 2022.

Auditions will be via video submission for the 2022 season. Charlottesville Opera may contact applicants for a recall audition, to be held either in Charlottesville, VA or virtually.

Charlottesville Opera provides Emerging Artists with an enriching way to enhance their professional careers. Singers have performance opportunities not only in mainstage productions at The Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville but also in cover runs, performances in Broadway, Opera Greats, and New Music Concerts.  Emerging artists will experience a wide array of training experiences, including working with a composer, taking regular voice lessons, coachings, and movement classes, receiving individual work sessions with a stage director, conductor, and coach, and participating in sessions on the business aspects of singing (resume/website/social media work, head shots, etc.), including talk-back sessions with professionals in the business.  This program is packed with opportunities!

2022 Summer Season:

Franz Lehár's "The Merry Widow"

Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music"

Roles and covers are available in both productions.

All artists will be required to be vaccinated and boosted for COVID 19 a minimum of two weeks prior to beginning rehearsals in Charlottesville.  By signing a contract the artist is agreeing to this health requirement, and proof of vaccination will be submitted.

Emerging Artists will be in residence in Charlottesville, VA from June 19 through July 24.  This is a paid program, with compensation varying based on role assignments and ranging from $1,000-$2,000.  

Additionally, host housing (private room/bath in a donor's home) will be provided. Transportation to, from, and within Charlottesville is the responsibility of the artist. We recommend bringing your own vehicle, if at all possible. 

Contact Information:

Charlottesville Opera P.O. Box 2498 Charlottesville, VA  22902 

Come Sing with us in historic Charlottesville!

The city of Charlottesville, located in west central Virginia, approximately 100 miles southwest of Washington, DC and 70 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia.  Known for its architectural and historical significance and natural beauty, Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s house Monticello, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Downtown Charlottesville features one of the longest outdoor pedestrian malls in the United State with stores, restaurants, and civic attractions.  The city hosts world-class entertainment such as Charlottesville Opera and has an active, highly regarded arts and theater community.  

Please contact Mitra Sadeghpour at with any questions regarding this application. For technical help, please contact

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Applicants will submit the following:
  1. One operatic aria.
  2. One musical theater piece.

Please note the recording requirements above. You must submit the appropriate recordings to ensure consideration of your application form. Number of video and/or audio (combined total) required: 2.

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Video submissions are strongly preferred. Please note the recording requirements above. You must submit the appropriate recordings to ensure consideration of your application form. Maximum number of audio and/or video (combined total) permitted: 2
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Please note: all application fees are non-refundable.