Lyric Opera of Chicago

Dance Auditions for Die Fledermaus and La Traviata


For Immediate Release:
April 18, 2013


 Lyric Opera of Chicago to hold dance auditions for
Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr.
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

Auditions to be held on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, 2013,
at the Civic Opera House, Chicago   


Saturday, June 1, 2013, Lyric Opera of Chicago is auditioning highly trained classical dancers with strong theatre experience for its upcoming production of the operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr. This production will be directed by E. Loren Meeker with choreography by Danny Pelzig. August Tye is ballet mistress.

Die Fledermaus  requires four solo female dancers (plus one cover) and four solo male dancers (plus one cover).  Rehearsals will begin November 18, 2013, with performances running from December 10, 2013 through January 18, 2014 (with a performance break December 22 – January 4).

Men should bring character shoes and jazz shoes. Women should bring dance heels and jazz shoes. Please make sure to wear simple dance clothes that show the dance line.


Sunday, June 2, 2013, Lyric Opera of Chicago is auditioning male and female dancers with contemporary and classical training, strong partnering skills, and acting experience for its upcoming production of Verdi’s La traviata. This production will be directed by Arin Arbus with choreography by Austin McCormick. August Tye is ballet mistress.

La traviata requires four solo dancers (plus one cover). Rehearsals will begin October 21, 2013, and performances will run from November 20 through December 20, 2013.

Men should wear character or jazz shoes. Women should wear dance heels. Please wear simple, form fitting dance attire for this audition.

Please note that if you are offered and accept a contract for Parsifal (April 28 audition), scheduling precludes you from accepting a contract for La traviata.


Audition schedules for Saturday, June 1  and Sunday, June 2:

10:00am   Registration
11:00am   Class
12:00pm   Audition


Both auditions will be held at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago.

All applicants must use the stage-door entrance at Washington St. and Wacker Dr. All applicants must check in and register for the audition before the audition class. A résumé and headshot are required to register.

Walk-ins will not be seen.  To RSVP please send your résumé and headshot to or call (312) 827-3576The deadline for registration for both Die Fledermaus and La traviata is 9:00am, Thursday, May 30, 2013.

Please be prepared to show a government-issued photo identification card to gain access to the Civic Opera House. All applicants must have valid eligibility to work in the United States. Lyric Opera will not apply for working permits for foreign dancers.