Metropolitan Opera – 2023-2024 ‘El Niño’ Dancer Auditions

December 8, 2023
January 1, 2024


The Metropolitan Opera will be auditioning exceptional DANCERS fluent in contemporary/modern movement aesthetics, including but not limited to African and Latin diasporic traditional and contemporary forms (i.e., West African, Capoeira, Dances of the Orisha, etc.) for 2023-24 new production of John Adams’ acclaimed opera-oratorio El Niño directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz and choreographed by Marjani Forté-Saunders. The Met is seeking 22 performers and 6 covers, a mix of male and female-presenting Black and Latinx dancers with a theatrical practice or experience with embodied storytelling.  Partnering experience is a plus.

In order to fulfill this engagement, dancers will need to be available for rehearsals beginning March 12, 2024, through the final dress scheduled for April 19, 2024, and as needed; and for performances scheduled for:
April 23, 27, May 1, 4 matinee, 8, 11, 17, 2024.

This audition will be by INVITE ONLY. We are asking all those interested to submit headshots, resumes, and video reels to this LINK by 11:59PM on January 1, 2024. If selected to attend the audition, you will be notified no later than January 5, 2024 and given one of the following time slots:

Thursday, January 11, 2024

3:30-5:30pm Callback

Dancers will be notified at the end of their time slot if they are being called back.

This audition will be open to dancers who are members of AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists, Inc.)  and/or AEA (Actor’s Equity Association), as well as non-union dancers. Individuals who are cast in this production and hired by the Met will be required to join AGMA.

Rehearsals will pay no less than $60.15/hour. Overtime rates are paid under some circumstances, as provided in The Met’s agreement with AGMA. Performances will pay no less than $215.76/performance performed, or $215.76/performance covered. Performance extras are paid when appropriate based on casting, choreography, and staging. These roles will be hired as W2 employees.

The Metropolitan Opera is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and existing employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, citizenship status, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal law.