MOT Fellowship Program


Comprimario Roles

Michigan Opera Theatre is pleased to announce
auditions for the following small roles


La Boheme


The Passenger

Parpignol: Tenor
Sergeant: Bass


Elderly Passenger: Bass
Old Woman: Soprano
Vlasta: Mezzo Soprano
Hannah: Mezzo Soprano
Krystyna: Mezzo Soprano
SS Officer #1 & #2: Bass

The Tenderland




The Magic Flute

Ma Moss: Contralto
Grandpa: Bass
Mr. Jenks: Baritone
Mrs. Jenks: Soprano
Mr. Splinters: Tenor


Physican: Bass
Servant: Bass
Cutthroat: Bass
Herald: Bass
Apparitions: Soprano/Bass


3 Slaves: Tenors/Bass
Papagena: Soprano
1st Lady: Soprano
2nd Lady: Mezzo Soprano
3rd Lady: Mezzo Soprano


Auditions will be held May 27, 2015 by appointment only.

To be considered for an audition please email resume, photo, and high quality recording of two contrasting arias with accompaniment, recorded within the last 12 months. Although an audio recording is acceptable a video recording is preferred.

To: Elizabeth Anderson

Should you be interested in Chorus & Comprimario roles, you may sing live at
chorus auditions on May 12 or 20 in lieu of sending a recording.

Upon review of resume and recording you may be contacted to arrange an audition.
Preference is given to local artists.


Michigan Opera Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.

Chorus Auditions

Michigan Opera Theatre announces chorus auditions for the 2015-2016 season.


When:                        May 12 & May 20, by appointment only                                 

Where:                       Detroit Opera House

Prepare:                    A selection of music in English.
                                 A selection of music in a foreign language.
                                 Bring sheet music, a pianist will be provided.
                                 (All music must be memorized)


2015-2016                La Boheme             Performances: October 17-25 2015
Opera Season          The Passenger       Performances: November 14-22, 2015
                                  Macbeth                 Performances: April 16-24, 2016
                                  Magic Flute            Performances: May 14-22, 2016


To be considered for an audition, please email your vocal resume & picture to Elizabeth Anderson,, subject line: CHORUS AUDITION.

Following review of resume you will be contacted to schedule an audition time.

For more information about the Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus please go to and follow the Vocal Auditions link at the bottom of the page.


Vocalists of the Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus are members of the American Guild of Musical Artists
Michigan Opera Theatre is an equal opportunity employer

Chorus Information

Chorus Auditions for the 14-15 season have been completed.  If you are interested in being notified of future chorus audition opportunities, please email your name and email address to Elizabeth Anderson ( with the subject line: CHORUS AUDITIONS.



The Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus is hired on a per production basis. Michigan Opera Theatre engages its artists under an agreement with the American Guild of Musical Artists.

Michigan Opera Theatre holds auditions for the chorus once per calendar year for the following opera season. Chorus members must audition each year. If offered a chorus position in one or more operas, the following information will apply.


Chorus Pay levels: (as of 8/01/11)

B (1st – 8th production): $14.28 per rehearsal hour; $126.52 per performance. A (9th+ production): $15.35 per rehearsal hour; $150.67 per performance. Chorus is paid every 2 weeks.


All conflicts with scheduled rehearsal must be submitted when you accept the position. After that point, you may submit a conflict to the Production Coordinator. Excusal is at the discretion of the company. Any absence not previously excused by the Company is considered unexcused.

Late arrival for rehearsals and unexcused absences will be documented with a letter designating your tardy or absence. A copy of this letter will be kept in your file at Michigan Opera Theatre. The following sections of the current collective bargaining agreement address tardiness &/or absences as follows:

Paragraph 28(j)(1) of the AGMA basic agreement:

“Frequent and repeated unexcused tardiness is disruptive to the rehearsal and performance process, and may be considered a breach of contract. Accordingly, frequent and repeated tardiness may result in discipline or dismissal.”

Paragraph 28(j)(2) of the AGMA basic agreement:

“Frequent and repeated unexcused absences are disruptive to the rehearsal and performance process. Three (3) or more unexcused absences within a season may constitute a breach of contract, and, accordingly, may result in discipline or dismissal.”

Paragraph 28(j)(5) of the AGMA basic agreement.

“The COMPANY reserves the right to dismiss a CHORISTER from any production if the CHORISTER’S absence makes continuing in the production impractical.”


AGMA is the American Guild of Musical Artists and the union that represents our chorus.

You are required to become members of AGMA after 30 days of engagement. This means that application to become a member needs to happen no later than 30 days after your first rehearsal. Payment plans are available for the membership fee. Please address all questions regarding the union to your chorus AGMA representative or to AGMA directly.

Your local representatives are listed below. They are elected AGMA representatives here at Michigan Opera Theatre. They are also fellow members of the chorus and are available to answer any questions as well as give you a copy of the contract between MOT and AGMA so you are fully aware of your rights and protections.

AGMA initiation fee is $500. This amount can be worked out on a payment plan through the union directly. AGMA also requires you to pay dues in the amount of $79 per year. There is also a 2% fee deducted from every paycheck. The $79.00 will be billed annually beginning in December and will be due and payable by January 1.

A copy of the agreement between Michigan Opera Theatre and AGMA is available in the Production Department upon request. You may find more information at Please make sure that you review the page marked “Member Info.”

Contact Information:

American Guild of Musical Artists
1430 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Toll free: 800-543-AGMA

Local AGMA Reps

Yvonne Friday
Richard Jackson, Jr.


The schedule you receive with your offer of employment is subject to change. You will continue to receive schedules from the Opera as dates or times are updated to adjust to the production schedule for the show. Per our union contract, we are required to notify you of any change of schedule 48 hours in advance.

You may notice dates that are followed with “(option).” This means that the Opera is holding that date and that time for a rehearsal and reserves the option to cancel it. You will be notified in advance if this is going to happen.


Sign in sheets will be posted on a bulletin board outside the rehearsal space before every rehearsal or performance. You are required to sign in upon arrival. If you do not sign in you cannot be paid. Please make sure you sign in legibly prior to every rehearsal.


Michigan Opera Theatre will provide you with the chorus parts for the opera you are involved in. You will be notified via email when those parts are available to you. Parts are signed out from the Production Department, located on the 3rd floor of the Detroit Opera House. If you are interested in purchasing a full piano vocal score for the opera you are in, you may contact the Production Coordinator for information on the edition being used.

Music is to be returned before the final performance of the show being performed. If your copy is not returned by that time you will be responsible for the cost of its replacement.


Rehearsals are held in the Detroit Opera House. Each time you enter the building, you will enter at the Stage door, located on the Madison Street side under the smaller of the two red awnings. You are required to sign in prior to each rehearsal downstairs at security and sign out when you leave (in ADDITION to the sign in sheets posted outside your rehearsal location).

Depending on other events being held in the building, your rehearsal space may change. Please refer to your schedule to notify you of where to go in the building.


Rehearsals and performances are restricted to those involved in the show only. This applies as well after a production moves from the rehearsal space to the stage. No chorus guests or family are allowed backstage at any time. Food and drink are not allowed in the rehearsal room or on stage. Water is acceptable if in a closed container.


Michigan Opera Theatre will provide you with a parking pass to park in the Detroit Opera House Parking Center. If you lose this parking pass, you will be charged $5 for a replacement.


Michigan Opera Theatre communicates with the chorus through email. While on contract (first rehearsal – last performance) you are expected to check email on a regular basis for any updates or communication from the theatre. Following the initial offer of employment from MOT, all correspondence comes from the following address: Please make sure to add it to you address book so that you receive all information coming from the company.


Michigan Opera Theatre expects that your music be memorized 2 rehearsals PRIOR to the first rehearsal with the conductor of the production.

Children's Chorus

The Michigan Opera Theatre Children's Chorus

Audition for the 2015 Season

For boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16 who loves to sing!

MOTCC will hold auditions on May 30, June 1, and June 6 at the Detroit Opera House. For additional information visit or contact Twannette Nash at

Schedule an audition at

Learn more about audtioning for MOTCC

Michigan Opera Theatre Fellowship Program

Resident Artists of Michigan Opera Theatre

Program Description

The Michigan Opera Theatre Fellowship Program is a new program to be launched with the 2015-2016 season that will offer full-time engagement for four to six singers and one coach/accompanist beginning or in the initial years of a professional career.  From September through May, MOT Fellows will gain valuable experience through multiple performance opportunities, and hone their skills by working with an array of esteemed professionals and guest clinicians.

Beginning with the 2015-2016 season, the program will offer:

  • Opportunities to perform in Michigan Opera Theatre’s main stage productions in featured or supporting roles, and when suitable, understudying leading roles.
  • At least one production per season created specifically for the Fellowship Program, and in which Fellows will fulfill leading and featured roles.  This fully staged production, generally performed with a small orchestra, is the centerpiece of Michigan Opera Theatre’s community enrichment initiative, and presented on multiple stages throughout the metropolitan area.
  • A variety of performance opportunities associated with the opera company’s marketing programs, outreach activities and donor events.
  • Training in languages and diction, acting and movement, fight choreography, make-up, audition techniques and career development.
  • Regular individual coaching sessions with MOT music staff and/or Studio coaches.
  • Master classes with visiting artists, conductors and directors as well as a variety of guest clinicians.  The 2015-2016 guest clinicians include Martina Arroyo, Martin Katz, Stephen Lord, Diana Soviero, Bernard Uzan and Carol Vaness among others.
  • Opportunities to audition for visiting managers and administrators.
  • The 2015-2016 season runs for 37 weeks from September 14 through May 27, and participants receive a bi-weekly salary of $1,200.00, company paid health care, and a stipend to help with relocation and career development expenses.

Applicant Requirements for Singers

The initial application is considered the preliminary audition, and is due by June 1, 2015.  Candidates invited to the final round will be notified by June 12 and invited to audition live on the stage of the Detroit Opera House on July 10.  You are not guaranteed a live audition.


  • Qualified candidates will have completed a Master’s Degree or Artist Diploma at an accredited university, and/or have equivalent performing experience with a professional opera company.
  • Resume and headshot
  • Video recording of two or more contrasting arias with accompaniment, made within the last twelve months.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals in the field.
  • All application information should be emailed to:


  • Finalists should submit five contrasting arias at least two weeks prior to the date of final auditions.
  • An accompanist will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Finalists will receive up to $400.00 in travel reimbursement.

2015-2016 Season

La Boheme - Puccini
The Passenger – Weinberg
The Tender Land – Copland (Fellowship production)
Macbeth – Verdi
The Magic Flute - Mozart