Los Angeles Opera – 2023-2024 Season Chorus Auditions

February 15, 2023
February 23, 2023

The Los Angeles Opera will hold auditions in February and March 2023 for experienced, classically trained singers seeking a professional contract in the highly acclaimed LA Opera Chorus for the 2023/24 season.  

Those who apply to audition will be informed of the 2023/24 mainstage production titles and schedules by February 23, 2023, and will be considered for all mainstage productions for which they express interest. LA Opera is committed to cultivating diversity in its workplace and is continuously seeking to recruit individuals who help us reflect the entire community of Los Angeles. The 2023/24 season will include an opera which focuses on Black life in the U.S. during the civil rights era, as well as operas set in Asian and Latinx communities. LA Opera encourages singers of all races, ethnicities, and other identities to audition.

The rehearsal rate is $46 per hour and the performance rate is $310/performance (3.5 hour call). These rates are currently under negotiation with AGMA. The posted salary range shows the potential earnings for participating in one to six productions:
SALARY RANGE: $4,715 - $33,521

To apply, complete the application form and upload audition materials (resume, photos) at this link. 

All applications must be received by Thursday, February 23, at 10pm PST. 

Please contact with questions. 

Through their resume and in their audition, applicants should demonstrate:  

  • A minimum of 4 years classical voice training 

  • Excellent sight-reading ability in music and languages

  • Ability to memorize music quickly

  • Experience in another professional opera or symphony chorus and/or strong academic or other equivalent experience

  • Stage experience and/or significant stage training  

Applicants will be asked to confirm availability for all rehearsals and performances prior to their audition. Additionally, applicants will be asked about their ability to perform the physical requirements of each production (e.g. working on a raked stage, kneeling, etc.) 


Audition appointments are confirmed by invitation. 

Applicants who do not receive an appointment will be invited to an Open Call audition on March 11, 2023.  

All auditions take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Downtown Los Angeles (135 N. Grand Ave, LA 90012) 

Audition Dates 
Monday, February 27, 6-9pm 
Tuesday, February 28, 6-9pm 
Wednesday, March 1, 6-9pm 
Thursday, March 3, 6-9 pm 
Sunday, March 5, 2:30-5:30pm 
Tuesday, March 7, 7-10pm  
Sunday, March 12, 2:30-5:30pm  

Open Call 
Saturday, March 11, 2:30-5:30pm  

Please note the following while preparing for the audition: 

  • Applicants should prepare or 3 operatic arias contrasting in style and language. 

  • One of the three selections may be an art song or a composition from another genre. 

  •  The audition panel may ask to hear only one aria.  

  •  Arias should be sung in the original key and language.    

  •  Applicants may be asked to sight read an aria in the audition. 

  •  Auditions typically last no longer than 6 minutes; please plan your repertoire accordingly.  


All applicants must be local, L.A. based. Travel and housing cannot be compensated.   

AGMA Membership: Any singer who is offered employment and is not already a member of AGMA (American Guild of American Artists) will have to join.  

Diversity: LA Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer. LA Opera considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected class.   

Work Authorization: All employment is conditioned upon providing timely and satisfactory evidence of the ability to work legally in the United States upon acceptance of our offer of employment, should one be extended. LA Opera does not provide sponsorship for work authorization for chorus roles.  

COVID-19 Policy: Prior to the audition, participants will be required to provide proof of being up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, as defined in LA Opera’s vaccination policy. Audition participants will also be subject to other COVID-related protocols in LA Opera’s then-current health and safety plan, which will include and not be limited to a requirement to take a COVID diagnostic test prior to the audition. More information will be supplied closer to the audition. Individuals who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief should reach out to LA Opera’s Human Resources department ( as soon as possible to discuss the process for requesting an exemption from the policy. LA Opera will engage in an interactive process with individuals making such requests, according to applicable law. If it is decided that granting an exemption would pose a threat to health and safety in the workplace that cannot be sufficiently mitigated through reasonable accommodation, the request will be denied.