Young Artist Program Auditions

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

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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
  • 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
  • Craig Rutenberg, vocal coach
  • Danielle Orlando, vocal coach
  • David Stern, Chief Conductor
  • Corradina Caporello, Italian diction coach
  • Bénédicte Jourdois, French diction coach
  • Marianne Barrett, German diction coach
  • Kathryn LaBouff, English diction coach
  • Ksenia Leletkina, Russian diction coach
  • Paul Curran, acting coach

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

  • Gregory Ritchey, Associate Conductor
  • Ksenia Leletkina, 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

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Audition Information:

Palm Beach Opera will offer live auditions in New York on October 22-25, 2021.  For singers who will not yet be fully vaccinated by that date, or who are otherwise unable to travel to NYC, we will offer a virtual audition option by video, which similar to last season will be coordinated with other young artist programs. Steps are outlined below to guide your understanding of the audition process.


Step 1: Applications are due by Sunday, September 12.

Step 2: Notifications of live auditions will be sent by Friday, October 1.

Step 3: Live auditions will be held in New York from Friday, October 22 through Monday, October 25.  Singers must present the audition monitor with proof of vaccination.  Singers who are not fully vaccinated by the time of audition should choose the video audition option.


Step 1: Apply to each program as you normally would. Applications are due by Sunday, September 12.

Step 2: Notifications of video auditions will be sent by each company by Friday, October 8. 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, October 12.

Step 4: Notification of requested arias from your list (one request for all programs) will be uploaded to your YAP Tracker application on Wednesday, October 20.

Step 5: Record a new video audition and submit the video to each company via YAP Tracker by Friday, November 5.

For more information on the audition process, please contact James Barbato, Director of Artistic Administration, 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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_cta h2=”Would you like to audition?”]Applications should be submitted via YAP Tracker.  A subscription is not necessary to apply.[/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]