The Song Poet Auditions

Minnesota Opera is now accepting audition applications for artists of Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage to join our world premiere of The Song Poet for the 22–23 Season!

The first Hmong story adapted for the operatic stage, St. Paul writer Kao Kalia Yang’s memoir The Song Poet comes to life in this world premiere. It tells the story of Yang’s family and her song poet father as war drives them from the mountains of Laos into a Thai refugee camp and ultimately on to the challenging world of life as an immigrant. With his poetry, Kalia’s father inspires hope in his family, polishing their reality so that they might shine.

Audition Dates:

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
6pm–10pm at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St., St. Paul, MN 55102

Wednesday, July 20, 2022
6pm–10pm at the Minnesota Opera Center
620 N 1st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Audition Requirements:

  • 1 English aria or art song
  • 1 aria or art song in contrasting language (preferably in singer’s first language if other than English (can be sung without piano accompaniment)
  • Dress code: Casual (wear whatever you feel best expresses who you are)

There is no fee for this audition, and a pianist will be provided at no cost to you. You are welcome to contact the pianist to inform them of your selection and schedule a rehearsal if you’d like, just email [email protected] for more details. Minnesota Opera will not cover the cost of rehearsals or coachings. You may also bring your own pianist at your own expense.


Please note you will need to be logged into a Google account. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an automatically generated email. Follow the link in that email to sign up for an audition time.

IF YOU WISH TO SUBMIT A VIDEO (in lieu of a live audition), please email Sal Vasta at [email protected] with the following:

Phone #
Voice Type
Attached or linked proof of covid vaccination
Attached or linked video of your audition
Resume (optional)

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