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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information


Q: What type of program is the Opera Theater Resident and Young Artists Summer Program?
A: It is a combination training and performing program, four to five weeks long, with an intensive schedule of individual and group classes, coaching sessions, rehearsals and performances, with significant opportunities for solo performance for all participants.

Q: What is the difference between a Young Artist and Resident Artist?
A: Resident Artists are fewer in number than Young Artists, and are likely to be somewhat more experienced, are offered full scholarships covering all fees and accommodation, and arrive in Pittsburgh at least one week earlier. Young Artists receive partial scholarships and are asked to contribute to the costs of their program.

Q: What do we get and what do we do?
A: Resident Artist Singers will be chosen to perform substantial solo roles in the mainstage festival productions as appropriate, and/or understudy roles, sing in the ensembles and Cabaret Series as appropriate, and participate in all training/coaching opportunities.
Young Artist Singers will receive full benefits of the training/performing program, perform in the ensemble, understudy and/or be assigned supporting roles in the mainstage summer festival repertoire as appropriate, and/or perform in the Cabaret Series.

As well as their solo opportunities, all Resident and Young Artist Singers may sing in the ensemble of mainstage productions, receive musical and vocal coaching from an internationally recognized voice and coaching faculty and have opportunities to participate in master classes and seminars offered by distinguished international singers, directors, coaches, and conductors.

Resident Artist Pianists work closely with coaches, conductors, resident and young artists singers and company soloists, playing for classes, coaching sessions, rehearsals, and performing as soloists in the cabaret series, and in the orchestra for Carmen and Magic Flute as appropriate.

The Resident Artist Stage Director will work closely with Artistic Director Jonathan Eaton, will assist on the production of Candide, and direct some of the miniature operas.

The Resident Artist Stage Managers will work closely with our professional stage management team, work on the mainstage productions as ASMs, and stage manage the miniature operas and the cabaret series.

Q: What roles are available to Resident Artist and Young Artist Singers?
A: Solo roles and understudy roles are available in all of Opera Theater's mainstage productions. For a complete listing of roles, click here.

Q: What do the pre-rehearsal periods listed for select roles imply?
A: A limited number of larger roles will be rehearsed prior to the YAP period of residence, principally in Flute and Carmen. In order to be eligible for these roles, you must be available during both the pre-rehearsal period and the YAP period of residence. Carmen pre-rehearses in February and Flute pre-rehearses in April 2012. Those required to pre-rehearse will be given a modest honorarium to defray personal expenses, plus transport costs and housing.

Q: What do the programs cost?
  • Young Artists: Scholarships from Opera Theater supporters cover half the costs of your tuition and accommodation. All Young Artists will receive a $2,000 scholarship toward the $4,000 tuition/accommodation cost of the program, and each will be responsible for the remaining cost of $2,000.
  • Resident Artists: Each Resident Artist will receive a full $4,000 scholarship covering tuition and accommodation costs.

Q: On what dates do the programs begin and end?
A: Resident Artists need to arrive in Pittsburgh between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on Sunday, June 3, 2012 to begin work on the morning of Monday, June 4, and remain for a final concert and party on the evening of Sunday, July 8, 2012, leaving the morning of Monday, July 9.

Young Artists should arrive in Pittsburgh between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on Sunday, June 10, 2012 to begin work on the morning of Monday June 11, and remain for a final concert and party on the evening of Sunday, July 8, 2012, leaving the morning of Monday, July 9.

Variables: In some cases, one or two individuals may be invited to join us earlier than the above dates to pre-rehearse scenes in some operas. Also, anyone cast in a solo role in Carmen will be asked to remain in Pittsburgh one additional week, leaving not on the morning of July 9, 2012, but on the evening of Sunday July 15.

Q: How many artists are accepted into the program each year?
A: We plan to accept 16 Young Artist Singers, 4 Resident Artist Singers, 2 Resident Artist Pianists, 1 Resident Artist Stage Director, and 2 Resident Artist Stage Managers.

Q: What is the age range of Opera Theater's Young and Resident Artists?
A: The age range for eligibility is 18 to 30.

Q: Can I receive university credit for my participation?
A: You may be able to receive academic credit through your educational institution for activities in the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Young Artist Program.

Q: What sort of accommodation can I expect, and how much does it cost?
A: All Resident and Young Artists are provided either with university dormitory-style housing in a single bedroom but with shared bathroom facilities, or are housed in single rooms in private houses with friends of Opera Theater. You may state a preference for one of the other, but we cannot guarantee to meet your preference. The costs of this accommodation are met by Opera Theater and are covered in your attendance fees or scholarships.

Q: Can I find or supply my own accommodation, and does this reduce the fees I pay?
A: Yes, you can, as long as you notify Opera Theater at the time of your application to the program. This will reduce Young Artists' fees by $500, leaving you with $1,500 to pay.

Q: Do I pay for my own transportation to and from Pittsburgh?
A: Yes, all Resident and Young Artists pay their own way to and from Pittsburgh.

Q: If I am cast in a show the pre-rehearses in February or April, who pays my transportation to and from Pittsburgh and accommodation there?
A: Opera Theater will cover costs for your transportation and accommodation.

Q: How do we handle local transportation once we are in Pittsburgh?
A: Opera Theater will provide local transportation once a day only from dorms to the rehearsal/theater space and back (at the beginning and end of your working day). Artists are encouraged to bring their own cars, however, as this will give them much greater flexibility. Those who choose to stay in private houses should definitely plan to bring cars.

Q: Are food and drink provided while in Pittsburgh?
A: No, each artist is responsible for his or her own food and drink.


Q: How do I apply for the Young Artist Program?
A: Online Application forms can be found here. All applications and payments are to be submitted online.

Q: What is the application deadline?
A: The application deadline for the Resident and Young Artists Program is 5:00pm Friday, October 21, 2011.

Q: What materials are required?
A: The online form will guide you through the procedure and required materials. We ask that you include an electronic headshot and resume along with the completed application form and your $45 non-refundable audition fee (payable online with credit/debit card).

Q: Will I be guaranteed an audition if I apply?
A: Yes, if you complete all application requirements and attend on the date, time and location you are scheduled, we will guarantee you an audition. Stage Director and Stage Manager applicants will be offered interviews, either on the audition dates or on other dates by agreement.

Q: If I am unavailable for your live audition dates, is it possible to submit an audition via DVD?
A: No, we require all auditions to be live.


Q: When will I be notified of my audition time?
A: We try our best to notify all auditionees no later than November 1, 2011.

Q: What should I do if I haven't received notification of my scheduled time by November 1?
A: Keep an eye on our website: www.operatheaterpittsburgh.org/yap We will do our best to keep this updated with regard to the progress of notifications. Don't forget to also check your spam and junk email filters just in case. If you still haven't received an email, feel free to call or email us.

Q: What if my availability has changed before or after I've been notified of my audition time?
A: Send an email to: cpriebe@operatheaterpittsburgh.org with your updated available times and/or date. It does save us time in rescheduling if we have the most specific information possible. We will do our best to accommodate all requests to change dates/times, but this may not always be possible as schedules fill up quickly.

Q: When can I expect to hear whether I have been accepted into the Young Artist Program?
A: All auditionees for the 2012 Young Artist Program will receive notification via email or phone by JANUARY 15, 2012. If you haven't received word by that date, please contact us at cpriebe@operatheaterpittsburgh.org

Q: Does Opera Theater allow audition "swaps"?
A: Yes, we do allow singers to swap their audition times with each other, but we ask that both parties send a joint email with the requested change to cpriebe@operatheaterpittsburgh.org so that we can make a note of this change and be assured that it agreed upon by both parties.


Q: What is Opera Theater's Resident and Young Artist audition schedule?
A: Auditions will be held in six centers:
Q: Does Opera Theater allow walk-in auditions?
A: No, we do not allow unscheduled singers to audition.

Q: Where can I warm-up and/or change for the audition?
A: Please ask the monitor at your audition location for directions.

Q: What materials should I bring to my audition?
A: Everyone must bring photo ID for entry into buildings. Singers must bring a clean copy of their music for our accompanist. Please also bring an up-to-date audition repertoire sheet, headshot or resume if any of these have changed since submitting an application. Singers may also choose to bring additional arias to those submitted on the audition repertoire sheet. Pianists should bring an up-to-date audition repertoire sheet or resume if either of these have changed since submitting an application.

Q: What if I have travel complications on the day of my audition?
A: If you think you will be unable to make your audition or will be late, please contact our office as soon as possible by phone: 412.621.1499 or by email: cpriebe@operatheaterpittsburgh.org

Q: What if I want to change the audition repertoire I listed on my application?
A: You can certainly change your selected audition repertoire, keeping in mind that you are requested to prepare 3 arias with at least one in English. In addition, you may bring along any other pieces you are prepared to sing. Please be sure you have clean copies of all repertoire for your accompanist, and be sure your repertoire sheet reflects what you have prepared.

Q: Do I need to bring my own pianist?
A: Opera Theater will provide a pianist for all singers, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

Q: How many pieces will be heard?
A: You should be prepared to sing all three pieces. You may begin with the aria of your choice. This may be the only aria you sing. If the audition panel would like to hear another, they will request this.

Q: Who will be listening to the auditions?
A: all auditions will be heard by one or all of the following: Jonathan Eaton, Artistic and General Director; Robert Frankenberry, Young Artist Music Director; and/or Craig Priebe, Young Artist Program Director. All auditions will be recorded for in-house use in determining candidate selection.