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Singers—Principal Roles, Main Stage Productions

Dayton Opera’s new home, the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, offers a wonderful, world-class facility for its fully staged productions.

Artistic Director Thomas Bankston holds main stage auditions annually (usually in December) in New York and locally as needed. The company will consider represented as well as a limited number of independent artists for auditions.

Contact Milena Treer, Artistic Administrator – Opera at 937-224-3521 x1091 or e-mail her.


SingersArtist-in-Residence Training Program

Click here for information on auditions for 2020 Artists-in-Residence   

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. Duration of program ranges from 8 to 15 weeks. Artists receive a weekly stipend; housing and travel to Dayton is provided. Timing of the program varies each season depending on repertoire.

Contact Milena Treer, Artistic Administrator – Opera at 937-224-3521 x1091 or e-mail her.


SingersDayton Opera Chorus

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 evenings and weekends.

For more information, contact Milena Treer, Artistic Administrator – Opera at 937-224-3521 x1091 or e-mail her.


Supernumeraries or “supers” are nonsinging, nonspeaking roles (similar to “extras” in movies) that aid in propelling the story line 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.

Contact Milena Treer, Artistic Administrator – Opera at 937-224-3521 x1091 or e-mail her.
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