Auditions are held throughout the year in both Canada and the United States. 

Application deadlines are three days prior to your preferred audition date. 

Audition Dates for 2021 TBA


Opera on the Avalon’s mainstage applications are accepted from both represented and non-represented artists. The mainstage applications are free to apply. To express your interest in auditioning for a mainstage position, please contact Sarah Antle, General Manager, at

Young Artist

Opera on the Avalon’s Young Artist Program was established in 2009. Each year, OOTA selects up to twelve Young Artists, providing them with performance tools which are essential to establishing a professional career in opera. 

Young Artists are at an interim point between academic training and full-time professional careers. They have recently finished graduate or professional degree programs are currently participating in paid young artist residency programs. 

The focus of OOTA’s Young Artist program is on education through performance. Young Artists receive opportunities to perform and cover appropriate roles in mainstage productions and to work with world-class performers, directors, designers and conductors.  

All Young Artists participate in masterclasses, concerts, symposia series, panel discussions and community outreach initiatives, and receive coachings from festival music staff and artists in residence.

  • Young Artists receive a weekly stipend ranging from $500-$750 CDN based on audition merit and professional experience.
  • All Young Artists receive billet housing.
We are currently accepting Young Artist Applications for the 2021 season. Please be advised that offers are contingent on public health approval, and artists may be required to isolate in advance of starting their positions.


Each year, OOTA selects fellows in the areas of directing, conducting, coaching, production and arts administration. Directing Fellows serve as Assistant Directors for OOTA mainstage productions and School Tour. 

Coaching Fellow’s serve as rehearsal pianist for OOTA mainstage productions and School Tour, providing artist coaching as needed, and playing for concerts and outreach initiatives. 

Fellowship candidates are currently involved in or have recently finished graduate degree programs or paid young artist residency programs.

  • Fellows receive a weekly stipend ranging from $500-$750 CDN based on professional experience, as well as billet housing during their time with OOTA.
  • To express your interest in OOTA’s fellowship opportunities, please contact Sarah Antle, General Manager, at

Audition Requirements

Season Repertoire

Each season’s repertoire is selected based on the artists heard in the annual tour.

Season Dates

2021 dates TBA. 


Applicants for the Young Artist Program must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years old.

Citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. Work visas are not required for non-Canadian citizens.


Deadlines: Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Please only apply for one tier of the program. If we feel you are more competitive for a different tier, we will notify you.

Fees: The Application Fee is $75 for Young Artists. The Application Fee is non-refundable. If you are currently participating in a paid young artist residency program, the application fee will be waived. There will be a $25 pianist fee required at the time of auditions.

Materials: Required materials for all artists include a headshot and resume.


Cancellations: If you need to cancel due to illness, please notify us at 

Conflicts: If you are unable to keep your assigned time, you may arrange a mutual swap with another singer. Both of you must email to confirm this swap.

If you are unable to keep your assigned time, please email You will be placed on a wait list for your preferred date and time, and we will contact you in the event that there is an opening.


Young Artists:

  1. Three arias of contrasting languages and styles, and one musical theatre selection.
  2. You will begin your audition with an aria of your choice. An additional selection may be requested. 

Coaching Fellows:

  1. Be prepared to play and sing a selection from each of the categories below. Your selections must include one Italian, and one in either French or German. (Other languages allowed but not required)
  2. Aria or ensemble from a Mozart opera
  3. An accompanied recitative
  4. A brief secco recitative excerpt
  5. An ensemble or scene from a 19th-century opera
  6. A brief excerpt of any type from an opera written since 1940
  7. One other opera or musical excerpt of your choice
  8. Sight-reading will also be included in the audition

Other Fellowships:

  1. Interviews will be scheduled during the audition tour or by Skype.

Audition Materials 

Please bring two copies of your résumé and two copies of your audition repertoire list, as well as music for the pianist to your audition. 


An accompanist will be provided for all auditions. There will be a $25 pianist fee required at the time of auditions. 

We are not able to arrange pre-audition rehearsals with the pianist.

Financial Information

Young Artists and Fellows

Young Artists and Fellows receive a weekly stipend ranging from $500 to $750 CDN, as well as billet housing.

Inclusion Statement

As an organization, we must now look at how we have operated in the past, how our values have evolved with our growing understanding of racial injustice, and how we can do our part in making the future – both within and outside of the arts – a better and safer place. 

We must use our platform to tell new and relevant stories about and by those who have been historically underrepresented and excluded from the opera community.

We encourage artists and community members to please reach out and share ideas about how we can effectively create change in our organization and the performing arts sector. All voices are welcome on this journey to create a fully inclusive environment and demolish oppression in the arts.

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge the land on which we gather as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk [bee-oth-uck], whose culture has now been erased forever. We also acknowledge the island of Ktaqmkuk [dah-gmm-gook] (Newfoundland) as the unceded, traditional territory of the Beothuk and the Mi’kmaq [mig-maw]. And we acknowledge Labrador as the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Innu [in-ew] of Nitassinan [ne-tass-eh-nen], the Inuit [in-yoo-eet] of Nunatsiavut [nu-nat-see-ah-vut], and the Inuit of NunatuKavut [nu-nah-tuhk-ah-vut]. We recognize all First Peoples who were here before us, those who live with us now, and the seven generations to come. As First Peoples have done since time immemorial, we strive to be responsible stewards of the land and to respect the cultures, ceremonies, and traditions of all who call it home. As we open our hearts and minds to the past, we commit ourselves to working in a spirit of truth and reconciliation to make a better future for all.

Contact Us

Opera on the Avalon
78 O’Leary Avenue
St. John’s, NL, A1B 2C7

Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm

(709) 738 1322


Opera on the Avalon is funded in part by The Government of Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the City of St. John’s, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.