Opportunities

CANDIDE Soloist Auditions

WNO seeks six dancer/singers with strong acting ability to portray various roles and ensemble and six singers to portray various roles and ensemble for CANDIDE.

Artists should attend only one audition—please choose your stronger skill:

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017– Dancing Soloist Auditions
    Schedule an appointment online or call 202-416-8744
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – Singing Soloist Auditions
    Schedule an appointment online or call 202-416-8744

No auditions will be seen without an appointment.

Download the notice with more information about the audition process.

Children's Chorus Auditions

Children's Chorus Auditions for WNO’s 2017/2018 will be held in September 2017. Please check back here in the late summer for an audition notice.

Chorus Auditions

Chorus Auditions for WNO’s 2017/2018 season have concluded. Please check back in the late fall of 2018 for the audition notice for the 2018/2019 season.

Dancer Auditions

WNO seeks dancers with a strong background in contemporary dance for ALCINA.

Friday, June 9, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017

  • AGMA Registration – 11:00am
  • AGMA Audition – 12:00pm
  • Non-Union Registration – 12:00pm
  • Non-Union Audition – 1:00pm
  • Call Backs – 2:30pm

No auditions will be seen without an appointment.

Schedule an appointment online  or call 202-416-8744

Dancers should report to the Washington National Opera Studio, 6925 Willow St. NW, Washington, DC 20012. To reach the Washington National Opera Studio, go to the 3rd floor of the building; directions will be posted. Dancers must arrive at least thirty minutes prior to the scheduled audition time in order to complete the application process.* Upon arrival, dancers should go to the 3rd floor of the building and follow the posted directions.

Download the audition notice with more information about the production

How to Be a Super

Perform as a Supernumerary with Washington National Opera!

A supernumerary (or Super for short) is, "a person who appears in an opera without speaking lines, or as part of a crowd; walk-on; extra." Many of our operas have supernumeraries in them. Supers help to enhance crowd scenes. You might carry a spear or sword, break up fights as guards, strut around the stage as a courtesan, take someone to their “death” as an executioner, and represent many more colorful characters.

"Supering" is an excellent opportunity to try something new and to meet people. Furthermore, supers are able to work with world-renowned directors and designers, stand beside international singers, and experience total immersion in the sometimes crazy world of opera. Please see this article about supering featured in The Washington Post's Express.

Time commitment varies per opera and the rehearsals are generally nights and weekends. Supers are paid a small stipend and receive two dress rehearsal passes for the show in which they appear.

We encourage people of all ages and walks of life to apply; however, men between the ages of 18-50 are the most needed. If you are interested, please download our Super Application form for Adults or for Children. Email it to WNOSupers@kennedy-center.org with a picture of yourself (full body shot please). You will be added to our files and will be contacted for suitable roles.

Application forms