Resident Artist Training Program

Tri-Cities Opera's Resident Artist Training Program offers aspiring opera singers a unique blend of instruction and practical experience.

Most Resident Artists have completed both a Bachelor’s and Master of Music Degree.  Tri-Cities Opera prefers to cast the majority of its operatic roles with the Resident Artist Training Program members. Performances occur at the Forum Theatre, our rented 1,500-seat performance venue, and the recently-renovated Savoca Hibbitt Hall at the Tri-Cities Opera Center.

Resident Artists receive practical experience as they rehearse and perform in:

Resident Artists also hone their acting, stagecraft, movement, diction, role interpretation, and audition skills. Instruction occurs at the Tri-Cities Opera Center, in the private studios of our artistic staff, and the Forum Theatre and includes:

Applications are now being accepted for our 2022/23 Season!
Deadline to Apply: October 22, 2021

Resident Artists must be United States citizens or have the right to work in the United States. There is no age limit.

Application Requirements

Completed application form via YAP Tracker
Current résumé in PDF format
Recent high-resolution headshot
Two (2) video recordings of pieces in contrasting styles
A $5 non-refundable application fee

Audition Requirements

All Resident Artist auditions will be conducted virtually this year.

If you are granted a virtual audition, you will be asked to submit a repertoire list of four (4) opera or operetta arias in a variety of styles and at least three different languages, including English and Italian. At least one contemporary selection is encouraged.

Virtual Audition Timeline

Fri Oct 22nd – Applications due
Mon Nov 15th – Virtual audition notifications sent. You will be asked to submit your final repertoire list, indicating your chosen “starter” aria. This list must be received within 5 days of receipt of your audition notification.
Mon Nov 22nd – Second selections chosen by Tri-Cities Opera
Sat Dec 11th – Virtual audition recordings due. Auditioners will record both arias in order in a single video take and submit the new video through YAP Tracker’s confirmation portal.
Wed Dec 22nd – Notification of finalists
Jan 2022 – Finalist interviews with Tri-Cities Opera staff via Zoom

Program Information

Fall Season dates will be September–October 2022 and Spring Season dates will be March–May 2023. Program dates are approximate and subject to change.

A weekly stipend of $400 and housing is provided. Artists are responsible for their own transportation to and from Binghamton and while in town. Transportation is provided for educational program tour performances.

Applications are only being accepted through YAP Tracker.
Register for a free account by clicking here.

2021/22 Resident Artists

Brad Bickhardt

Tenor

Robert Flora

Baritone

Melissa Joseph

Soprano

Amanda Staub

Mezzo

MM Opera Students

At Binghamton University
Hagar Adam

Soprano

Emma Bennett

Soprano

Alexander Bonner

Tenor

Tshombe Selby

Tenor

Kelsey Watts

Soprano

Tri-Cities Opera + Binghamton University

Tri-Cities Opera is proud to have a collaborative relationship with Binghamton University, providing auditioned and selected students with professional stage experience. Since 1979, Tri-Cities Opera has collaborated with Binghamton University’s Master of Music in Opera program to create a unique and exceptional program combining the professional expertise that Tri-Cities Opera can offer with the academic and practical studies provided by Binghamton University. The teaching artists bring a vast experience of long and continuing careers in opera to the program. Students complete a minimum of 35 graduate credit hours in music courses, including masterclasses, studio voice, theory, history, lyric diction, coaching, vocal literature, movement, and acting.