Opportunities : Young Artist Program

Opera New Jersey !!

Victoria J Mastrobuono Emerging Artists Program: Coach

The application period for this opportunity has passed.

How To Apply


Recording: Received By Fri Nov 11, 2011
Live Audition: Postmarked By Fri Nov 11, 2011

Materials Required

1. Online application
2. Résumé or thorough bio
3. 8 x 10 black and white publicity photo or suitable alternate
4. $35 Non-refundable Application fee

Application Form Location


Audition Information

Audition Locations and Dates

New York, NY USA: Tue 29th Nov 2011 - Fri 2nd Dec 2011
Chicago, IL USA: Wed 7th Dec 2011 - Thu 8th Dec 2011

Opera New Jersey prefers to hear all auditions in person. If singers have an extenuating circumstance and would like to request permission to submit a CD in lieu of a live audition, please contact Opera New Jersey via phone or email.

Audition Requirements

Audition Requirements:

Singer's audition repertoire must include (from memory):

1 - Italian aria, 1 -English aria, 1 -  Musical Theater selection desirable but optional.

Singers are encouraged to bring additional selections.

An accompanist will be available or you may provide your own (for singers only).

Pianists should prepare the following selections for their audition:

1. Solo piano piece (memorization preferred, but not required)
2. Verdi, Act III Violetta-Alfredo Duet – Begin with Annina’s “Signora!” through the entrance of Germont.  Take the traditional Schirmer cuts.
3. Adamo, Little Women – Act I, Scene I, “Barristers! It’s quarter past!” – Through the entrance of Alma – “Supper, half an hour!”
1. Puccini, Madama Butterfly, Orchestral Prelude to Act III (ending at Rehearsal 13)
2. Mozart, Die Zauberflöte – From the Act I Finale – Tamino/Sprecher Scene from “Die Weisheits lehre” through “hier entsprang.”
3. Puccini, La bohème, Beginning of opera through entrance of Mimì
4. Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos – “Sein wir wieder gut”, Reh. 108 (sehr lebhaft) to Reh. 117 (etwas schneller)

The excerpts are to be played at the piano. The applicant should be able to sing all parts with an understanding of the text. The playing should reflect orchestral weight and color, while maintaining a pianistic sensibility.  Sight-reading may be required. You will be asked to conduct or be conducted.  Successful applicants will be granted an audition of approximately 20 minutes that will conclude with a brief interview.  We will invite approximately two to three individuals to join us for the summer of 2011, and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following: serving as 2nd Assistant Conductor of a mainstage production, daily musical coaching, playing chorus rehearsals, musical direction of an opera scene, and running of supertitles for mainstage productions.

Pianist Provided

Yes. May bring own

Opportunity Information


Princeton, NJ USA

Season Information

Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore
Verdi’s ll trovatore
ONJ is still finalizing its third opera choice at this time.
Roles which will be cast from Studio Artists:
 - Pinafore: Bill Bobstay, Bob Becket, Cousin Hebe
 - Il trovatore: Ruiz, Ines, An old gypsy, A messenger

Program Dates

June 06, 2012 - July 29, 2012

Program Information

Work with international guest artists, directors, and conductors to present three fully staged operas with orchestra in a Summer Opera Season in Princeton’s renowned McCarter Theatre Center.

STUDIO ARTISTS: May cover principal roles, sing comprimario roles and chorus in main-stage productions; will perform in a variety of concerts including Musical Theater concerts, outreach concerts and events as well as staged Opera Scenes concerts. Other opportunities will include masterclasses with major artists and industry luminaries; musical coaching as assigned by the artistic staff; and chorus in a concert with the NJ Symphony Orchestra (work to be determined).

It is our mission that ALL participants will benefit from staged public performance, coaching, masterclasses and feedback. Additional performance opportunities are available based on this season’s casting needs and specific schedule as determined by the artistic staff.

AUDITION DAY: Artists have the opportunity to audition for managers, casting agents and other industry professionals from around the region. In prior seasons, many artists received contracts as a result of these auditions!

Admission into Opera New Jersey’s Summer Season is by audition only. Due to an overwhelming number of qualified candidates, submitting an application may not guarantee you an audition.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Singers accepted to Summer 2011 are expected to have roles and pre-assigned music learned and memorized upon arrival.

Participants can be released from the season due to lack of preparation, unprofessional behavior, or impropriety as determined by the General Director and artistic staff.


Payment is provided
A stipend will be offered to all summer participants. The amount is to be determined.

Contact Information

OperaNJ Summer 2012 Auditions
PO Box 3151
Princeton, NJ 08543
(609) 799-7700

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