Auditions for singers and musicians

Our orchestral players and stage performers, including singers, dancers and actors are engaged following an audition process.

Singers: General Auditions

Orchestral casual work

Singers: 2020 Victorian Schools Tour — Cinderella

Singers: The Secret Garden

Singers: General Auditions

General auditions are held a few times a year in Sydney and Melbourne. Interested singers should complete the application form.

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Orchestral casual work

Musicians seeking casual work with the Opera Australia Orchestra are invited to apply by forwarding their resume/CV and a completed casual musician application form to:

Auditions Administrator
Opera Australia 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: 2020 Victorian Schools Tour — Cinderella

Opera Australia welcomes applications from opera singers for its 2020 Victorian Tour. The Company primarily tours to Primary Schools, however, the great demand for our productions see us regularly performing for community groups and theatres around Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The 2020 Victorian Schools Tour will be a newly commissioned production of Cinderella based on Rossini’s La Cenerentola. The performance is 50 minutes long and is sung in English.

Angelina is a designer, costumier and seamstress of unparalleled skill. She longs to design bold, beautiful clothing but is stuck making ugly garments for her social-climbing step-father Don Magnifico and sister Tisbe. Prince Ramiro has been charged to host a grand ball during the Venetian Carnival and wants to wear something wild and unusual to prove his uniqueness. He announces a city-wide competition, but is there anyone in Venice who can rise to the challenge?

Available roles

Angelina Mezzo
Tisbe Soprano
Female Swing (Angelina/Tisbe) Mezzo/Soprano
Prince Ramiro Tenor
Don Magnifico/King Baritone
Male Swing (Ramiro/Don Magnifico/King) Tenor/Baritone

Conditions of employment

The Schools Company conditions include:

  • a maximum 14 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.
  • The requirement that all company members must provide a copy of their legal right to work in Australia (passport or birth certificate)

All conditions are outlined in the Opera Australia Performers and Music Staff Agreement 2017–19 or its successor. All roles are full time. Experience in opera performance is preferred.

Only applicants with full working rights (Australian/NZ Citizen, Permanent Resident, or equivalent) are eligible to apply for this position.

The contract period for 2020 is from 5 May to 4 September, with possible extension until 18 September.

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. Please complete the online audition form to apply.

Audition Times

Date: Monday 18 November 2019
Time: 09:00 – 13:00
Location: The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre
  Level 6, 2 Kavanagh Street
  Southbank VIC 3006
Callbacks: Thursday 21 November 2019
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Location: State Theatre Rehearsal Room
  Arts Centre Melbourne
  Level 3, 100 St Kilda Road
  Melbourne VIC 3000

Recruitment Timeline

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 13 November, unless filled prior.

You will be notified of First-Round Audition times by COB Thursday 14 November. Artists required for Call-backs will be notified by COB Tuesday 19 November.

Please Note

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.

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

For further information, or a copy of the Performers and Music Staff Agreement, please contact Jane Williamson on (03) 9685 3770 or e-mail

Download the audition notice (pdf).

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Singers: The Secret Garden

When it premiered on Broadway in 1991, The Secret Garden took New York by storm. Tony Awards, national tours and international productions all followed. Now, for the first time in 25 years, this sensational musical returns to Australia in all its glory.

The famous novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett on which the musical is based is known and loved by many. This heart-warming story comes to life on stage with the same magical qualities, and rewards audiences with its sophisticated take on this literary classic.

Mary Lennox arrives at her uncle’s home to find distant grieving relatives and an uncared-for garden. The story centres around the orphaned Mary as she and a young gardener breathe new life into the secret garden. Mary blossoms too, and through this she tends to all the hearts around her. The sumptuous score contains a raft of wonderful songs, including ‘A Bit of Earth’, ‘Show Me the Key’, and the unforgettable ‘Lily’s Eyes’.

Production dates

Cast rehearsals commence in Sydney on or about Monday 15 June 2020. Publicity dates and costume fittings may be required in advance of these dates (exact dates to be advised).

The Premiere season commences at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in August 2020.


All auditionees will need to be available for the below audition period to be considered for this production.

Monday 9 December – Wednesday 11 December 2019
Callbacks: Thursday 12 December – Saturday 14 December 2019
The Opera Centre, Sydney. 480 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW, 2010

Sunday 15 December 2019 – Tuesday 17 December 2019
Callbacks: Wednesday 18 December – Thursday 19 December 2019
Finals: Friday 20 December 2019
The Ministry of Dance, Melbourne. Level 1, 64 Sutton St, North Melbourne, VIC, 3051


Agency and self-represented artists must create a profile to register for auditions. All audition applications must be made via the official GFO/The Secret Garden audition portal.

Applications close on Monday 18 November 2019.

For a full list of available roles and requirements, please download the audition notice (pdf).

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