Youth Opera Circle & Youth Opera Studio


Our newly redesigned youth opera programs—Youth Opera Circle and Youth Opera Studio—will start the second semester of the 2022–2023 school year on January 9! In-person and video auditions will be held on December 19. Youth opera programs are provided at no cost to students or families. We are looking for performers who are enthusiastic about singing- come join us for the upcoming program year. Before signing up for an audition slot, please read the information below.

  • Auditions are available in-person on December 19, 2022, or a video audition may be submitted no later than midnight of December 19. An in-person audition is strongly encouraged and will be held at the Minnesota Opera Center (620 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401).
  • If the in-person option is chosen, students will audition individually in 7-minute increments. Please indicate your preferred time slot on the sign-up Google form linked below.

Youth Opera Circle is Minnesota Opera’s youth after-school program for young singers in grades 6–8. For the first time, Minnesota Opera will invite middle school students to the recently renovated Luminary Arts Center for a year-long training and performance program. Transportation can be arranged if needed. Youth Opera Circle meets weekly on Monday from 4–6pm.

In your audition, you will be asked to practice a pitch matching exercise and sing a song you of your choice. You may sing either a cappella or with an accompaniment track.

Click the button below to sign-up for an audition or submit video recording.

Youth Opera Studio invites students in grades 9–12 to explore opera in a pre-professional training program where they will sing, study, rehearse, and connect with their peers, strengthening their musical and personal voices all while learning about opera. Youth Opera Studio meets weekly on Monday from 7–9pm.

In your audition, you will be asked to sing a 60–90 second cut of a song (musical theater, operetta, art song, or aria). Please bring sheet music for the provided accompanist or contact Fei Chen ([email protected]) if you need assistance in finding sheet music.

Click the button below to sign-up for an audition or submit video recording.


Please, do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We are grateful for your patience and understanding as we work to negotiate the changes necessary for keeping the program strong.


With warm regards,

Fei Chen, Creative Development Program Manager ([email protected])
Daniel Fung, Creative Development Director ([email protected])


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