Studio Artist Auditions


The Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Program at Kentucky Opera is auditioning for the 2018/19 Season.

Studio Artists participate in main stage productions covering roles, performing comprimario roles, and singing in the chorus. In addition, Studio Artists sing in recitals, regional concerts and performances and the Composer Workshop. They also participate in master classes with guest artists and represent the company in a myriad of marketing and engagement events. For the 2019/20 Season, Sandford Studio Artists will be engaged as principal artists in a fully staged opera with orchestra.

Kentucky Opera is looking for a Studio Artist soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and baritone to have in residency for the full season. We encourage bel canto and Mozart arias in Italian and German as primary audition languages. Season programming will not be released until January 2019. All repertoire is subject to change. 

The program begins in August 2018 and runs through February 2019. (This schedule depends on contracted roles and is subject to change). All applications will be accepted via YAP Tracker. 

*The Studio Artist Coach/Pianist will work closely with the Studio Artist Music Director and Principal Conductor to prepare Studio Artist singers with roles and covers as well as develop their own répétiteur skills and techniques. The coach/pianist serves as a coach, rehearsal pianist and performance pianist in various capacities with the company. Projects include Kentucky Opera Chorus rehearsals, mainstage productions, recitals, masterclasses with guest artists, the Composer Workshop, marketing and community engagement events, and educational touring programs. The program begins in August 2018 and runs through February 2019 (This schedule will include off contract breaks and is subject to change). Specific coach/pianist audition repertoire requirements are listed on the YAP Tracker application.


Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. All applicants will be pre-screened prior to awarding a live audition. Application deadline is Monday, October 1, 2018.

All applications will be accepted via YAP Tracker. For the 2018/19 season, please contact for specific questions.


Friday, November 30, 2018
Cohen Family Studio Theatre on the campus of the University Of Cincinnati College Conservatory Of Music, Cincinnati OH


Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Brown Rehearsal Hall in the Brown Theatre/ArtSpace Building
Louisville, Kentucky


Thursday, December 13, 2018 & Friday, December 14, 2018*
Charles McKay Studio at OPERA America/National Opera Center
New York, New York


*Only day for Studio Artist Coach/Pianist auditions. Singers will also be heard.