Singers who have been notified of their selection for our live auditions in Dublin in January should refer to to the bottom of the page for accommodation suggestions.

Opera Odyssey is most grateful to all of the more than 200 professional opera singers who applied to our auditions. The staggering response reaffirms our belief that the project, despite it many challenges, is indeed a worthy one. And over the last 5 or 6 weeks, it is clear that it is captivating the attention of fans of opera around the world. We sincerely thank all of the singers who applied, for the part they played in promoting and sharing our website.

Auditions will be held in Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd, and Thursday 23rd  January 2020.

Recordings will take place in Leipzig, Germany, during October 2020, with the Leipzig Sinfonia. Recordings are scheduled throughout the entire month (excluding weekends). Singers will be personally notified as to when they will be required.

Concert performances will take place in Germany, the UK, Moscow, Beijing, Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana, Kazakhstan), Rabat (Morocco) and Tbilisi (Georgia) in 2020-2021. Please note that not all candidates chosen for the recordings will be offered a contract for the concerts. Details of these concerts will be provided on this website as they are confirmed, and will be communicated to the selected singers accordingly.

Applications Closed

Admission to the auditions is open to applicants who are 18 years of age or older as of 18th October 2019.

Invitation to participate in the live auditions will be based on a review of each applicant’s curriculum and video/audio recording submission or a link to such.

The live audition will be with piano accompaniment for which a pianist will be provided. Applicants may use their own pianist at their own expense. The live auditions will take place in Dublin, Ireland on 21st, 22nd, and 23rd January 2020.  Details will be available here shortly. Applicants invited to the live auditions will be notified directly as soon as the application deadline has been reached.

Applications are now closed.

Participation in the selection implies the applicant’s unconditional acceptance of the audition panel’s judgment; the decision of which is final.


Applicants invited to the live audition shall be asked to sing all or parts of the following repertoire:

Caldara, La clemenza di Tito: Opprimete i contumaci
Handel, Ariodante: Dover, giustizia, amor
Handel, Rinaldo: Lascia ch’io pianga
Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice: Che faro’ senza Euridice

Lully, Thesée: Revenez, Amours
Rameau, Platée: Aux langueurs d’Apollon Daphne
Scarlatti, Tigrane: Sussurrando il venticello

Dvorak, Rusalka: Song to the Moon
Mozart, Don Giovanni: Mi tradi’ quell’alma ingrata

Bellini, Norma: Casta diva
Cherubini, Médée: E che? Io sono Medea!

Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice: Che faro’ senza Euridice
Monteverdi, L’incoronazione di Poppea: Disprezzata regina
Purcell, Dido and Aeneas: Dido’s lament
Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Sein wir wieder gut
Mozart, Don Giovanni: Mi tradi’ quell’alma ingrata (optional)
Leoncavallo, La Bohème: Marcello mio (optional)

Cilea, Adriana Lecouvreur: Acerba volutta’
Saint-Saëns, Samson et Dalila: Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix
Leoncavallo, La Bohème: Marcello mio
Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Sein wir wieder gut (optional)

Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin: Kuda kuda
Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore: Una furtiva lagrima
Flotow, Martha: M’appari tutt’amor
Halevy, La Juive: Rachel quand du Seigneur (optional)
Verdi, Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell’amore

Britten, Peter Grimes: Now the great bear
Halevy, La Juive: Rachel quand du Seigneur
Puccini, Tosca: E lucevan le stelle
Weber, Der Freischütz: Durch die Wälder, durch die Auen

Pergolesi, La serva padrona: Sempre in contrasti
Rossini, Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum

Bizet, Carmen: Votre toast
Giordano, Andrea Chenier: Nemico della patria
Verdi, Otello: Credo in un Dio crudel
Wagner, Der Fliegende Holländer: Die Frist ist um

Mozart, Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Oh, wie will ich triumphieren
Salieri, Falstaff: Nell’impero di Cupido
Ponchielli, La gioconda: Si’ morir ella d’e’

Applicants selected following audition will be given one contract for the recording sessions and a separate contract for the concert performances, should they be selected for them. Compensation will be discussed with each artist separately.

Applicants are not entitled to compensation or reimbursement for travel or accommodation expenses for the entire duration of the audition.

Our Partner Hotel and other recommended places to stay

Our partner hotel for accommodation during the auditions is the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road. Please use the link below to avail of the discount code.  You will be asked for one night’s deposit when booking, but may cancel your reservation up to 7 days before arrival without penalty.

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