Minnesota Opera

Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program: Pianist/Coach Application (2025-2026)

This application closed on Friday July 12, 2024.


Please read the opportunity listing before completing this application.

Please note that Minnesota Opera no longer requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for live auditions. 

Before submitting, please check if anything may have been auto-filled incorrectly. Incorrect information submitted due to an auto-fill error may result in a voided application. 

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If you are available for more than one audition location, please indicate here. Additionally, please indicate all dates for which you are available to audition.
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Please specify languages and years of study or proficiency.
Please specify: Name of teacher, length of study, and affiliation (if applicable). Most current teacher first.
Please specify: Name of teacher, length of study, and affiliation (if applicable). Most current teacher first.
Education 1
Education 2
Education 3
Education 4
Education 5

Professional References

Please give details of three artistic authorities with whom you have worked and who may act as references. No written recommendations are accepted.
Number of selections required: 3.
Selection 1
Selection 2
Selection 3
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Video Selections

Two video files are required with your application. Please submit two video files which display you in collaboration with one or more singers, made within 12 months of the application deadline.

Please verify that all video files work before submitting. Video files that do not work will result in a voided application. Number of selections required: 2.

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**Please note: pianist/coach auditions are usually scheduled for the first slots of each day.

If you are selected for a live audition, please prepare one selection from each of the following four lists.
• Candidates should be prepared to sing and play all operatic excerpts, to follow a conductor, to translate each extract without reference to notes, and to respond to musical direction.
• Auditions may also involve sight-reading and verbal interviews.

Prepare a short solo piano piece of your choice.

Prepare one of the following:
1. Le nozze di Figaro – Act II Finale from the entrance of Antonio (Scene X, Allegro molto) until the end of the act
2. Così fan tutte – Act I Finale from the entrance of Despina and Don Alfonso (Scene XVI, Allegro) until the end of the act
3. Don Giovanni– Act I Finale from Allegro 6/8 “Riposate, vezzose ragazze” until the end of the act
4. Don Giovanni– Act II Sextet “Sola, sola in buio loco”

Prepare one of the following:
1. Puccini: La bohème – Act I up until the entrance of Benoit OR Act IV up until the entrance of Musetta
2. Puccini: Tosca – Act I up until figure 40
3. Puccini: Madama Butterfly – Act I up until Figure 37
4. Verdi: Rigoletto – Act 2 Scena and aria “Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata” AND Act 3 Quartet “Un dì, sebben rammentomi…Bella figlia dell’amore”. (Ricordi Scenes 9 and 12)
5. Bizet: Carmen – Act II, #15 quintet “Nous avons en tête une affaire” AND Act II, #20 trio “Mêlons! – Coupons!”

Prepare one of the following:
1. Poulenc: Les mamelles de Tirésias “Non, Monsieur mon mari” (Act I Scene I from figure 20 - figure 34)
2. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos – Komponist’s aria from rehearsal 108 (Sehr lebhaft) until the end of the Prologue.
3. Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress – “No Word from Tom…I go, I go to him!”
4. Strauss: Salome – Ensemble of the Jews from “Sehr schnell” (“Das kann nicht sein” before figure 189 until figure 207)
5. Berg: Lulu – Prologue “Hereinspaziert in die Menagerie”, in its entirety until bar 85 AND Lied der Lulu “Wenn sich die Menschen”