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Opera San José Audition Notice

Opera San José is currently casting Resident Company and Guest Artists for the 2023–2024 season. Fully-vaccinated singers are encouraged to apply for all role types, and may be invited for in-person auditions, held in both San José and New York:

San José, CA
Friday, November 18, 2022 (11am – 6pm)
Submissions due by Monday, November 14, 2022

New York, NY
Monday, December 5, 2022 (11am – 6pm)
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 (10:30am – 6pm)
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 (10:30am – 6pm)
Submissions due by Friday, November 18, 2022

To be considered for an in-person audition, please fill out an application using the link below.

Applicants are required to submit a résumé, headshot, and one recording. If invited for an in-person audition, please come prepared with five arias with at least two languages represented. A pianist will be provided.

Any questions about audition requirements or application details may be sent to


Casting for Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone, and Bass-baritone/Bass Resident Artists

Opera San José’s maintains a company of artists in residence who perform lead roles in all mainstage productions. These artists join OSJ for the full season year (July 2023 – June 2024), earn a regular salary, are provided housing, and are eligible for benefits.


Casting for lead and supporting roles throughout the season


Repertoire under consideration for mainstage productions include:

Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette
Production period: 8/10 – 9/24/23

Puccini’s La bohème or Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia
Production period: 10/12 – 11/26/23

Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas
Production period: 1/18 – 3/3/24

Mozart’s Così fan tutte or Verdi’s Rigoletto
Production period: 3/21 – 5/5/24

Opera San José 2021–2022 Season Audition Notice

Opera San José is currently seeking vaccinated performers of all ethnic backgrounds for principal, supernumerary, dance ensemble, and cover roles for our Spring 2022 production of West Side Story. In-person auditions will be held in San Jose on December 3, 2021.  

Submissions are due Friday, November 26.


Production: West Side Story
Conductor: Christopher James Ray 
Director: Crystal Manich 
Choreographer: Michael Pappalardo  

Rehearsals: March 7–April 15, 2022 

Performances: April 16, 17, 21, 23, 29; May 1, 2022  


  • The Sharks (Bernardo, Pepe, Indio, Luis, Anxious, Nibbles, Juano, Toro, Moose; Rosalia, Consuelo, Teresita, Francisca, Estella, Margarita)  
  • The Jets (Action, A-rab, Bay John, Snowboy, Big Deal, Diesel, Gee-Tar, Mouthpiece, Tiger; Graziella, Velma, Minnie, Clarice, Pauline, Anybodys) 
  • Doc 
  • Schrank 
  • Krupke 
  • Glad Hand 


Friday, December 3, 2021, from 11am–6pm
Submissions due by Friday, November 26 

To be considered for an in-person audition, please submit a résumé and headshot here.

Everyone who is invited to audition will be asked to sing and participate in a dance call. A pianist will be provided.  

  • SINGING: You will be asked to prepare specific musical selections from West Side Story depending on the role for which you would like to be considered. Audition materials may be found here.  
  •  DANCE CALL: Please wear sneakers and clothing in which you can move. You will be taught a group routine. 

To be considered for an in-person audition, please submit a résumé and headshot by Friday, November 26