Opera Reading Project General Auditions Season 2019-20

Opera Reading Project is holding General Auditions for our 2019 - 2020 season.  Auditions will be held on two dates: Friday, September 6th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 8th, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Minnesota Opera Center, 620 North 1st St. in Minneapolis. Repertoire will be chosen from the following operas: Giulio Cesare, Le nozze di Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, Macbeth, Hansel and Gretel and The Turn of the Screw.  Please be ready to let us know any and all roles that you would be interested in and also if you would consider additional roles. To learn more about Opera Reading Project, please see below AND like us on our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/OperaReadingProject.

You may sign up for an audition time slot here: Opera Reading Project Audition Sign-up

If you sang a role or a cover with Opera Reading Project last season or have coached with our Music Director, Dr. Eric McEnaney, in the last six months, there is no need to do a live audition. Please email us directly at [email protected].

For the audition, be prepared to sing two contrasting opera arias. We would like to hear what you sing best. It is suggested that the singers auditioning for Opera Reading Project are at a professional or emerging professional/graduate level. Please bring a hard copy of your current resume and headshot. We are asking you to provide your own accompanist for the audition. If you would like a list of excellent pianists who available to play that day, send an email with PIANIST in the subject line to [email protected] and the list will be sent to you.

If you find that you need to cancel your audition within 24 hours of your time or request a last minute time change, please send a text to Colleen at 617-290-2529. Please know that we will do our best but cannot guarantee last minute change requests. Please also email us at [email protected] if you cannot find a time and would like to be contacted if another audition day opens up.

Important to Note

Opera Reading Project is casting for our role reading series and is not casting to stage operas. Opera Reading Project is a career development tool for high-level singers that does not offer payment at this time. Singers receive coachings, rehearsals and a final reading and pay a tuition rate per role based on role size according to AGMA classifications. 


About Us 

With Opera Reading Project (ORP) you musically prepare and polish an opera role up to professional standards. Then you perform an intimate concert reading of the opera, free from audience pressure. ORP provides you the opportunity to:

  • prepare for an upcoming engagement

  • review a role you have already sung

  • polish a mainstay in your repertoire

  • complete a role as “prepared” on your resume

  • try out something new in a safe space 

ORP builds your singer community. We attract top-notch singers with high standards. Throughout our project, you network with similarly goal-minded colleagues. You form professional connections that move beyond the isolation of the practice room.  Our collaborations inspire and inform. We provide a needed experience that is just not offered in either academia or a professional environment.

How Opera Reading Project Works:

Once role assignments are finalized, we work through a complete opera score in a two to four-week long time period. You prepare individually and then meet for coachings, a weekly group rehearsal and the final reading. Memorization is not required, but you should be completely prepared to sing. The time period is brief, so the more of your role that you know at the beginning of the project, the more you will gain. During the final reading, everyone contributes something to enjoy together during a refreshment break. Role tuition rates are based on AGMA designated role classifications and are primarily divided into three categories: leading, featured, and supporting.

More Information about Opera Reading Project's rate and participation guidelines can be found here: ORP Rate and Participation Guidelines

The Opera Reading Project audition sign up can also be found at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4EACAA22AAFA7-opera1

Thank you for signing up to audition. We look forward to hearing you!


Contact information

Opera Reading Project
Colleen O'Shaughnessy
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