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Resident Artists


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Tues., June 4 · 5:30–8:30 PM · UTEP Recital Hall

This season, El Paso Opera will once again build a pool of local, El Paso-area singers of all voice types to represent El Paso Opera as our Season 2024-2025 RESIDENT ARTISTS.  

Our Resident Artists are the public faces—and voices—of El Paso Opera and represent us in many different performance settings.

We have some exciting new additions to our Resident Artist program for the upcoming season, including the addition of Director of Resident Artists Cherry Duke and collaborative pianist Casey Robards.

For the 2024-2025 Season, our Resident Artists will participate in:

  • #CurbsideOpera mobile performances:
    • Performances throughout the community both indoors and outdoors
    • Live pianist accompaniment (#CurbsideOpera will no longer use tracks)
    • 4 rounds of #CurbsideOpera throughout the season, each round spanning 12 days to create ’12 days of #CurbsideOpera’ (August, December, January & June)
    • Resident Artists are required to participate in no fewer than 8 #CurbsideOpera performances evenly distributed throughout the season.
  • Performance at Encores & Overtures, El Paso Opera’s annual fundraising gala.
  • All Resident Artists will be invited to be members of the chorus for our January mainstage production. 
  • Principal performers in El Paso Opera’s end of the season show (TBA).
  • Two coachings per season with Director of Resident Artist Program, Cherry Duke (one in Fall, one in Spring).
  • At least two coachings per season with collaborative pianist Casey Robards (March/June).
  • Opportunity to perform at one of the two Friends of the Opera luncheons.
  • Opportunity to perform when El Paso Opera is requested for a gig (i.e. Madeline Park Shakespeare Festival in September; A Christmas Fair in November).

Pertinent Dates:

  • August 11-22 12 Days of #CurbsideOpera
  • August 23 Encores & Overtures Gala
  • December 11-22 12 Days of #CurbsideCarolling
  • January 14-26 12 Days of #CurbsideOpera (pre-show tour)
  • January 30-Feb. 6 Production performances (4 performances)
  • May 24-June 4 12 Days of #CurbsideOpera
  • June 14 End of Season performance (matinee & evening performances)

Resident Artists will be paid a stipend for each performance. Individual coachings with pianist for preparation (in addition to those mentioned above) will be provided as needed. As members of the El Paso Opera family, Resident Artists will often be invited to dress rehearsals, cast parties, celebrations and more. Specific performance dates are subject to change.

To audition:

  • Complete this form no later than Tuesday, May 21, 5:00 p.m. 
  • On the form you will be prompted to select an audition slot and attach your PDF performance résumé, color headshot (JPG, PNG or PDF), and sheet music.
  • Prepare 3 to 5 selections that best demonstrate your vocal ability. Choose from the categories below, including at least one operatic aria, and at least one piece in English. Selections in Spanish are encouraged.
    • operatic arias
    • art song
    • “legit” musical theater songs
    • “crossover” songs (that blend classical vocal technique with popular styles)
  • A pianist will be provided. Please be sure to upload clear copies (PDFs) of your audition selections in the correct keys with your application. You are permitted to change your repertoire later, but bear in mind that the pianist will need your sheet music in advance for best preparation.

Please note:

  • Singers must be a local/regional resident. Artists are responsible for their own housing and transportation.
  • No auditions will be heard without an appointment.
  • The earlier you apply, the more choice you have of available time slots. Once the slots are full, auditions will be closed.  
  • You will receive a confirmation once you have submitted the form.
  • Guests will not be permitted in the audition room.
  • We reserve the right to hear only specific portions of any selection offered.

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