There are no auditions scheduled at this time. To be notified when opportunities become available, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page to subscribe to email updates.

Singers—Principal Roles, Main Stage Productions

Dayton Opera’s home, the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, offers a wonderful, world-class facility for its fully staged productions. Artistic Director Kathleen Clawson will hold main-stage auditions as needed. The company will consider representing as well as a limited number of independent artists for auditions.

Singers—Artist-in-Residence Training Program

For information regarding the 2022-2023 program and auditions, please click here.

Artists-in-Residence are involved in the company’s in-school education and community programs and main-stage productions. These are full-time, temporary, paid positions for singers who must have at least an undergraduate degree with some stage experience (college and/or professional).

Spring auditions are held in New York City and Dayton for the following season; an accompanist is usually provided. Not everyone who applies is invited to audition. The duration of the program ranges from 8 to 15 weeks. Artists receive a weekly stipend; housing and travel to Dayton are provided. The timing of the program varies each season depending on the repertoire.

Contact Milena Treer, Director of Production, by email.

Singers—Dayton Opera Chorus

There are no current auditions scheduled at this time.

Dayton Opera’s paid professional chorus performs in main-stage productions.
Auditions are open to all community singers and are held annually or as needed. Singers must prepare one piece in a foreign language and one piece in English. The pieces do NOT have to be from opera repertoire. An audition accompanist is provided. Chorus rehearsals for productions are held on evenings and weekends.


There are no current auditions scheduled at this time.

Supernumeraries or “supers” are non-singing, non-speaking roles (similar to “extras” in movies) that aid in propelling the storyline of an opera. Supers are volunteers and may play anything from a Cardinal (Tosca) to courtesans (Rigoletto); from soldiers (Carmen) to servants (Aida); or nobles, handmaidens, townspeople, or even animals.

Depending on the stage director’s concept, supers may be needed to fit a specific size, age, or look, or a more general need may exist for men, women, or children. Supers must be able to attend ALL posted staging rehearsals (evenings and weekends) and performances for that opera.