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About the Washington National Opera

Dancer Auditions

Dance auditions are held on an "as needed" basis. Dance audition announcements will be posted here.

Chorus Auditions

Auditions for the Washington National Opera Chorus occur every winter at the WNO Studio in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC.

Chorus Auditions for WNO’s 2013/14 season have concluded. For more information on auditions for the WNO Chorus and how to schedule an appointment, please click here.

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. Email it to ECVentura@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.

The Program

Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is a leading resident-training program for artists on the verge of international careers. Founded in 2002 by Plácido Domingo, the program offers exceptionally promising young singers and coach/accompanists two years of intensive training, study, and career guidance with a team of world-renowned master teachers and coaches which includes Diana Soviero, William Stone, Carol Vaness, and Kathleen Kelly, among others.


Members of the program are featured prominently in performances at the Kennedy Center and throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. They are cast in principal and comprimario roles, given cover assignments, and perform an annual showcase with full orchestra in the Opera House. They are actively involved in WNO's American Opera Initiative, where they have the opportunity to workshop and premiere newly composed operatic works. Young Artists also perform frequently in other landmark venues around D.C., including the Smithsonian Institution and various embassies, as well as with the National Symphony Orchestra.


The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is dedicated to cultivating successful careers in opera. Graduates of the program have gone on to perform at the world's leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Bayreuth Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin State Opera, LA Opera, New York City Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, The Glimmerglass Festival, and Santa Fe Opera, among others. Additionally, WNO actively seeks to provide former young artists with the opportunity to return to the company in principal and featured roles upon completion of the program.


Director: Michael Heaston
Principal Coach: Ken Weiss