Current Audition Notices

Male Dancers for the 2017 Sydney Summer Season

Audition Notice – El Kid 2017 Schools Company NSW

General Information

Actors & Dancers

Orchestral Casual Work

Singers: General Auditions

Current audition notices

Call for submissions: Male Dancers required for new Opera Australia production

Opera Australia is seeking nine Male Dancers for its forthcoming 2017 Sydney Summer Season of a new production to be choreographed by a leading UK artist (full details will be announced in August at Opera Australia’s 2017 season launch).

This production will commence rehearsals early December 2016 and be performed at the Sydney Opera House throughout January 2017.

Casual contracts will be offered to Sydney-based male dancers, all roles are non-singing/non-speaking.

We are looking for

  • 9 Male Dancers – technically advanced, professional dancers with exceptional skills in contemporary dance, improvisation and contact improvisation. Dancers must possess strong teamwork skills and be willing to collaborate in the creative process.  Dancers must also be comfortable performing bare-chested and/or with minimal costuming.  Musicality and experience working with complex musical accompaniment will also be an advantage.

Dancers' pay rates will be in accordance with the Opera Australia Enterprise Agreement.  Rehearsal rates are currently $40.88/hour (minimum 3 hour call). Performance rates are calculated on skill acquisition and years of professional experience, starting at Level 1 – $214.71/performance through to Level 5 –$266.13/performance (minimum 4 hour call).

Those who wish to be considered are invited to register their interest by forwarding materials to:
Casting Administrator
Opera Australia

1. CV/resume
2. Headshot and full-length image
3. Video link to 1-2 minutes footage of contemporary dance improvisation, in a studio, no loose clothing

Materials will be reviewed and individuals who are shortlisted will be notified. Final casting decisions will be made as a result of the video links provided — we encourage dancers to ensure their video is adequate quality.

Audition Notice – El Kid 2017 Schools Company NSW

Fixed term contract, 7 months

Opera Australia welcomes applications from opera singers for its 2017 New South Wales Schools Company. The Company primarily tours to Primary Schools, however the great demand for our productions see us regularly performing for Community Groups and Theatres around Sydney and regional NSW.

The Schools Company conditions include:

  • a maximum 26 weeks of touring, which may include up to 5 weeks of regional touring
  • a maximum of 3 shows per day, up to 12 shows per week
  • the casting of swing and covers so that singers have some cover days
  • the requirement of all company members to bump the set and equipment in and out of each venue
  • the obligation of artists with a valid driver’s licence to share driving company vehicles. It is preferred that singers have a full valid Australian driver’s licence.

All conditions are outlined in the Performers and Music Staff Agreement 2015 or its successor.

The New South Wales Schools Tour production for 2017 is a new work, entitled El Kid. The show tells the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, to the music of Bizet’s Carmen. The performance is approximately 50 minutes and is sung in English. 

The roles we are seeking to fill are:

  • ISABELLA: Soprano (up to high C with optional D) – will require a Spanish accent
  • FERDINAND: Mezzo – will require a Spanish accent
  • ISABELLA/FERDINAND SWING: Soprano/Mezzo (up to high C) – will require a Spanish accent
  • DIEGO: Tenor or Baritone (up to high F) – will require a Spanish accent
  • NARRATOR/TROLL: Baritone (up to high F) – will require a French accent
  • DIEGO/NARRATOR/TROLL SWING: Tenor/Baritone (up to high F) – will require a French and Spanish accent

All roles are full time.

The contract period for 2017 is from 6th February to 12th August, with a possible extension to 23rd September.

Experience in opera performance is preferred.

To gain an audition, interested artists should send a copy of their CV, headshot and application form by e-mail to or by post to PO Box 291, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012.

Download the audition notice and application form

Audition Information & Requirements

Each audition will run for approximately 5 -10 minutes. An accompanist will be provided by Opera Australia, however you are welcome to provide your own. You will need to bring a copy of your music.

Two arias must be prepared, with at least one in English.

Audition Times

Date: Monday 22nd August 2016
Time: 10:30 - 13:30 & 14:30 -17:30
Location: Studio 1, The Opera Centre, 480 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills

Callbacks: Friday 26th August 2016
Time: 10:00 – 14:00 (excerpts & stagecraft)
Location: Studio 1, The Opera Centre, 480 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills

Please note, only artists required for the callbacks will be notified, by COB Tuesday 23 August. Audition times will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, and no changes will be made to those times except in exceptional circumstances. For further information, or a copy of the Performers and Music Staff Agreement, please contact Kate McMillan on (03) 9685 3721 or e-mail

Applications close Tuesday 16 August, unless filled prior.

Opera Australia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. When recruiting and auditioning, we seek applications from as wide a range of qualified applicants as possible.

General Information

Actors and Dancers

Actors and dancers are engaged on casual contracts for individual productions throughout the year.  There are no set dates for auditions.  A casting process is initiated approximately 3-5 weeks prior to the commencement of production rehearsals.

Actors and dancers who wish to be considered for casual work with Opera Australia are invited to forward a current CV/resume, together with a headshot and full-length image to:

Casting Administrator
Opera Australia

Please include height in centimetres, and details of any unique abilities such as aerial, acrobatic, circus or stilt-walking skills.

Your details will be kept on file and if you are considered suitable for an opportunity, you will be notified by email.

Orchestral casual work

Musicians seeking casual work with Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra are invited to apply by forwarding a copy of current resume/CV and a completed application form to:

Auditions Administrator
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

There are no set dates for casual auditions. Auditions are scheduled at mutually suitable times throughout the year. Your details will be held on file until the orchestra has a need for more casual players of your instrument - at which time you will be contacted.

Singers: General Auditions

General Auditions are held a few times a year in Sydney and Melbourne. Interested singers should send their CV and cover letter to:

Auditions Secretary
Opera Australia
+61 2 9318 8326