Opera Birmingham holds auditions for chorus and principal artists throughout the year. General inquiries about auditions should go to

Opera Birmingham and Samford University are excited to announce the launch of the Opera Birmingham Studio at Samford University for the 2020-2021 academic year.  This two-year program will allow singers to enroll in Samford University’s graduate vocal performance degree while simultaneously receiving professional performance opportunities throughout Opera Birmingham’s season.

 Studio Artists will be assigned comprimario or cover roles in Opera Birmingham’s staged productions, appear as guest artists at Opera Birmingham concerts and events, and participate in joint Opera Birmingham/Samford Opera educational programs.  Studio Artists will also be cast in Samford Opera’s scenes programs, and perform a principal role in an opera or musical.  Weekly voice lessons, masterclasses from visiting guest artists, seminars and classes in performance, literature, and history are included as part of the master’s degree program.

 Up to two Studio Artists will be chosen for the program, to receive full tuition (through a mixture of scholarship and graduate assistantship) plus an annual stipend of $5,000.  Additional singers may be accepted into the program, including performance and training opportunities, with partial financial assistance offered.

 Auditions will be held in New York City September 29 – October 1, with additional audition dates in Birmingham to be announced. 

To apply for the New York City auditions, please complete the online YAP Tracker application. Applications are due by September 1, 2019.

Opera Birmingham will hold auditions in New York City at the National Opera Center in New York City on September 29 & 30 and October 1, 2019, for casting consideration for the 2020-2021 season.  (Please note:  All roles for the 2019-2020 season have already been cast.)

 Non-managed artists wishing to be considered for an audition in New York should submit their materials through our YAP Tracker application.  All applications must be received by September 1, 2019.

 An audition notice has been sent to artist managers; managed artists should have your agent submit your materials for consideration.

 House auditions in Birmingham may be scheduled during the year pending the General Director’s availability.  To request a house audition, please email a resume and headshot to, and include potential dates you would like to be considered for an audition.  House auditions generally require the artist to make arrangements for a pianist to play for the audition.

Members of the Opera Birmingham chorus perform in our productions throughout the year, and have the opportunity to participate in our Opera Shots pop-up concerts and other small performances throughout the year.

Please send an email to to be added to our chorus audition list, and we will send a notification when future auditions are scheduled.

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