Photo: Young Artist Joshua Conyers as Marullo in Rigoletto (2017).

Palm Beach Opera Benenson Young Artist and Apprentice Artist Auditions

The Benenson Young Artist Program of Palm Beach Opera is an opportunity for 8 emerging professional singers to gain valuable mainstage experience alongside an intensive training curriculum that targets the skills essential for success in the opera industry.  The ideal candidate for this program has already participated in previous apprenticeships and is on the verge of launching their career as a principal artist.  Participants are usually in their late 20s or early 30s.

The Apprentice Artist Program of Palm Beach Opera is an opportunity for 10 recent graduates of universities and conservatories to continue building their experience in a professional setting through community engagement and cover assignments, while also benefiting from a rigorous training schedule under the guidance of a supportive resident staff and guest faculty.  The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic ambassador for the art form who is eager to further develop their craft.  Participants are generally in their mid-20s.

Each Young Artist will:

  • Gain mainstage experience in supporting and comprimario roles
  • Cover appropriate leading roles in mainstage productions, and perform these roles in an abridged family performance
  • Perform leading roles with orchestra in a fully-staged Young Artist production

Each Apprentice Artist will:

  • Perform in Education and Community Engagement concerts
  • Cover appropriate supporting roles in mainstage productions
  • Cover and sing leading and supporting roles in a fully-staged Young Artist production
  • Sing in all mainstage production choruses

All Artists will:

  • Perform arias at promotional events and donor functions
  • Perform concerts and recitals throughout the community
  • Receive regular coaching with resident music staff
  • Participate in residencies with visiting coaches, voice teachers, conductors, and directors
  • Work with acclaimed guest artists in masterclasses
  • Audition for managers and administrators who travel to Palm Beach for mainstage performances
  • Receive career counseling from PBO’s experienced artistic staff

During recent seasons, the training curriculum has regularly included extended residencies with the following guest faculty:

  • Stephen King, voice teacher
  • Michael Paul, voice teacher
  • Nova Thomas, voice teacher
  • Elizabeth Futral, voice teacher
  • Craig Rutenberg, vocal coach
  • Craig Terry, vocal coach
  • Anthony Manoli, vocal coach
  • Danielle Orlando, vocal coach
  • Rachelle Jonck, vocal coach
  • David Stern, Chief Conductor
  • Corradina Caporello, Italian diction coach
  • Kathryn LaBouff, English diction coach
  • Ksenia Leletkina, Russian diction coach

Participants also work regularly with our resident music staff, including: 

  • Gregory Ritchey, Associate Conductor
  • Timothy Cheung, Principal Coach
  • Ksenia Leletkina, Associate Principal Coach
  • Ben Malensek, Master Vocal Coach

PBO provides each Young Artist and Apprentice Artist with:

  • Monthly stipend
  • Shared fully-furnished apartment
  • Round-trip travel

Audition Information:

Palm Beach Opera is working together with young artist programs across the country on a coordinated virtual audition process this fall. Steps are outlined below to guide your understanding of this shared audition process.

Step 1: Apply to each program as you normally would. Applications are due Monday, October 12.

Step 2: Notifications of second-round video auditions will be sent by each company by Friday, November 6. This notification will contain a link to submit a new aria list.

Step 3: Submit your aria list (one list for all programs), indicating your chosen “starter” aria, by Tuesday, November 10.

Step 4: Notification of requested arias from your list (one request for all programs) will be sent on Friday, November 13.

Step 5: Record a new video audition and submit the video to each company directly by Monday, November 30.

Step 6: Once it is safe to do so, we plan to arrange live auditions for select finalists in New York or Palm Beach.

For guidance on this audition process, watch this helpful video, courtesy of Houston Grand Opera. For more information on the audition process, please contact Sarah Schultz, Artistic Coordinator, at

Foreign Nationals:

The PBO YAP is open to all young professionals regardless of nationality.  Foreign nationals wishing to apply must either have a valid work visa to the United States for the entire period covering the program or must have already established themselves as a respected young professional artist in their native countries.

Would you like to audition?

Applications should be submitted via YAP Tracker.  A subscription is not necessary to apply.