Lyric Opera of Chicago – 2023-2024 Season – Aida Dance Auditions

April 25, 2023
May 15, 2023

Lyric Opera of Chicago to hold dance auditions for Aida, Giuseppe Verdi's epic masterpiece on Sunday, May 21, 2023

Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions for solo dancers with significant stage experience for its upcoming production of Aida, by Giuseppe Verdi. The production was originally staged by acclaimed director Francesca ZambelloJessica Lang is the choreographer and August Tye is the ballet mistress.

Aida is casting 8 male-presenting dancers and 1 male-presenting cover plus one female-presenting dancer and one female-presenting cover. The choreographer, Jessica Lang, is seeking dancers with classical training and strong partnering skills.

Male-presenting dancers should be 5 foot 7 inches or taller. Female-presenting dancers should be 5 foot 4 inches or taller.

Dancers of all ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

Rehearsals will begin February 12, 2024, with ten (10) performances running from Saturday, March 9 through Sunday, April 7, 2024.

The deadline to register for this audition is Monday, May 15, 2023, at 5:00pm CT

The schedule for Sunday, May 21 is as follows:

  • 9:00am
  • 10:00am
  • 11:00am

Check-in: must arrive by 9:30am

Warm-up class

Audition begins: should conclude no later than 5:00pm, likely earlier

For the auditions, male-presenting dancers should bring jazz shoes and female-presenting dancers should bring ballet shoes. Pointe is not required.

Due to COVID-19, Lyric currently implemented a mandatory vaccination policy. Applicants must show proof of vaccination, including a booster shot if eligible, in order to audition. We will keep applicants/hires updated if the policy changes.

For further information on audition requirements and registration, please email your résumé and headshot via attachment to Auditions will be by invitation only.

Please be prepared to show a government-issued photo identification card to gain access to the audition. All applicants must have valid eligibility to work in the United States. Lyric Opera will not apply for working permits for foreign dancers.

Artists at Lyric Opera of Chicago are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists. Should you be hired for Aida you will be required to join this union, if you are not already a member.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Lyric Opera of Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.