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The Metropolitan Opera Announces Chorus Auditions for the 2021 – 2022 Season

January 31, 2021

The Metropolitan Opera Chorus will conduct remote auditions to staff the Extra Chorus for the 2021 – 2022 season, which will include a revival of the recent Porgy and Bess production. These remote auditions will also serve as preliminary consideration for full-time openings in the Regular Chorus, for which in-person auditions will be held at a later date. Submissions for consideration are subject to the following criteria:

  • Anyone who auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera Chorus or Extra Chorus during the 2019-2020 season should not submit anything. That audition will serve as your audition for the 2021 - 2022 season.
  • Anyone who performed in the Metropolitan Opera Extra Chorus during the 2019 – 2020 season should not submit anything. Your rehearsal and performance as an Extra Chorister at Metropolitan Opera in the 2019 – 2020 season will serve as your audition for the 2021 – 2022 season.

All other interested applicants should submit via email addressed to the following materials:

  • in the subject line of the email, please format: Last Name, First Name; Voice Type; AGMA or non-AGMA
  • a current one-page resume which includes the names and contact information of two professional references and a photo/headshot
  • Name of aria and source opera presented in video submission.
  • a Link to a Video of applicant singing an operatic aria. The aria should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to sing lyrically. *See important guidelines at the bottom of this announcement for Video Submissions.

Applications must be received on or before 12 midnight EST, January 31st 2021.  Submissions received after this date, regardless of email transmission time, will not be considered.


Any singer who is offered employment and is not already a member of AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) will be required to join AGMA

No audition comments will be shared with the applicant.

Similar information about the auditions may be found by contacting the following:

American Guild of Musical Artists
1430 Broadway 14th Floor
New York, NY  10018
(212) 265-3687

The Metropolitan Opera
Donald Palumbo, Chorus Master / Kurt Phinney, Chorus Manager
Lincoln Center
New York, NY  10023


  • Provide a link to a video of your aria on a secure platform, i.e. YouTube or Vimeo. Audio-only files will not be accepted.
  • Video must have been made in the last 12 months, and be no longer than 7 minutes in duration
  • Selection must be sung from memory.
  • Video can be extracted from a performance, studio recording, or more informal home setting.
  • Video may be accompanied or an a cappella recording.
  • Singer can accompany him/herself.
  • Video can use orchestra backing.
  • Applicants need not introduce themselves or the aria as part of the recording.
  • Singers may wear headphones in video submission if needed.
  • Split screen for singer/accompanist is acceptable if needed.


  • We recommend uploading your video on YouTube. When using YouTube, please note that you must select "public" or "unlisted" in the Privacy settings found under the broadcasting and Sharing Options section when uploading your video file. (If you select "private," adjudicators will not be able to access your submission.) Make sure your videos are easily accessible via your link.
  • Be sure that the video remains available for a minimum of six (6) months after the initial upload to facilitate the potential of an extended application and audition process.

For additional advisements on preparing video submission, Opera America has created a helpful guide found at: .