Each year, we audition emerging artists for our Young Artist Program. The year 2018 has many exciting opportunities for talented emerging singers who are passionate and dedicated to moving forward in their craft.

The program is led by our Artistic Director, Simon Kenway, with other industry professionals and includes music coaching, professional development classes, masterclasses, and workshops. Each year, the program also provides the Young Artists with many opportunities to perform. 

An information pack is available to download here

Please note that there is no age limit for the program, but you should consider yourself to be an 'emerging artist' and preferably hold tertiary qualifications in singing, or the equivalent.

We accept artists from all over Australia; however, please note that most activities are Sydney-based and will require you to be in Sydney for at least 1-2 weeks per month from February to October 2018. 

Auditions in November 2017:

Auditions will be held on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November 2017 from 10am-5pm at The Opera Centre, 480 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, in the Joan Sutherland Studio. Auditions are strictly by appointment only.

You will be required to prepare 3 arias or songs of any period in their original languages. An aria in English is encouraged but not essential. 

• The panel may choose to hear 1 or 2 of your arias.
• A $50 administration fee will be payable in cash or by cheque at your audition. 
  Credit cards will not be accepted. (A receipt will be issued.)
• An accompanist will be provided (Friday - Alan Hicks -, and Saturday - Zsuzsanna Giczy - You are welcome to bring your own accompanist if preferred.

The Auditions Manager will contact suitable candidates to confirm an audition time. 

Please direct your enquiries to the Auditions Manager, Anne Chivas, on:

If you are not available to audition in person, please contact Anne Chivas (as above) and arrange to supply us with videos of 3 aria performances by no later than 8 November, 2017. These do not have to be 'live audience' performances, and can be filmed in a studio with a pianist. Please note that the administrative fee still applies. Please ensure that you email your audition videos in a downloadable format to us (.mp4, .wmv, .mov) or send a Dropbox/Google Drive sharing invitation to

Thank you for your interest in taking your career to the next level with Pacific Opera.

Applications are now closed.

Young Repetiteur Auditions:

We would like to invite interested pianists who would like to learn from Simon Kenway and gain some opera repetiteur experience to apply for our 2018 Young Artist Program. You will be asked to accompany a singer with 1 prepared aria and sightread another aria. Repertoire will be advised to you with your audition timeslot. Please use the application link above.

Young Director Auditions:

We would like to invite interested directors who would like to get some hands-on experience assisting professional opera directors to apply for our 2018 Young Artist Program. You will be asked to attend an interview with Pacific Opera. The chosen applicant will be mentored in directing by the professional facilitators who direct our Young Artists, particularly in scene work and concert direction, as well as given the opportunity to direct their own performances with Pacific Opera. Please use the application link above.

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