This application closed on Tuesday September 5, 2023.
Please note: this application is for PIANISTS ONLY. If you are interested in applying as a SINGER, please fill out the SINGER application.
We will be holding our annual live audition tour in Washington D.C., New York City, Cincinnati, and Houston.
October 10, 2023 in Washington, DC (WNO Studios)
October 12, 2023 in Cincinnati, OH (CCM Patricia Corbett Theater)
October 14, 2023 in Houston, TX (Rice University)
October 16-18, 2023 in New York, NY (Opera America)
Step 1: Apply to the Cafritz Young Artists as you normally would via YAP Tracker. Applications are due Tuesday, September 5.
Step 2: Notifications of live auditions will be sent by Friday, September 15.
Step 3: Attend your live audition and present the audition monitor with your proof of vaccination. Please see below for a list of audition repertoire.
Step 4: Notifications of live finalist auditions will be sent in November after the completion of our audition tour. A select number of candidates will be invited to audition live in DC from January 2-5, 2024.
1) A short solo piano piece of your choice no more than 5 minutes in length
2) Excerpt 1: Mozart: A recitative in Italian with at least two characters and at least two pages in length.
3) Excerpt 2: Mozart: Please select 1, sung in Italian
a. Le nozze di Figaro: Act II Finale from the entrance of Antonio (Scene X, Allegro molto) until the end of the Act
b. Cosi fan tutte: Act I Finale from the entrance of Despina/Don Alfonso (Scene XVI, Allegro) until the end of the Act
c. Don Giovanni: Act II Sextet, “Sola, sola in buio loco”
4) Excerpt 3: Puccini: Please select 1, sung in Italian
a. La bohème: Act I until the entrance of Benoit
b. Tosca: Act I until rehearsal 40
5) Excerpt 4: Bizet: Please select 1, sung in French
a. Carmen: Quintet, “Nous avons en tete une affaire”
b. Carmen: Trio, “Melons! – Coupons!”
6) Excerpt 5: Wagner or Strauss: Please select 1, sung in German
a. Wagner: Die Walküre: “Siegmund heiss ich,” Rehearsal 72A until the end of the Act
b. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier: “Wie du warst,” Rehearsal 12 to 4 measures after Rehearsal 25
c. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos: “Sein wir wieder gut,” Rehearsal 108 until the end of the Prologue
7) Excerpt 6: Contemporary English
a. An operatic excerpt in English, no longer than 5 minutes in length, taken from a work written in or after 1970