Lyric Opera of Chicago

Female ensemble auditions for The Sound of Music


For Immediate Release:
December 2, 2013


Lyric Opera of Chicago to hold female ensemble auditions
for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music
Saturday, January 18, with callbacks held Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions for female American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and Actors’ Equity (Equity) artists for the April/May 2014 production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. This new production is part of the company’s American Musical Theater Initiative and will premiere under the baton of  Broadway’s Emmy-nominated conductor Rob Fisher, with stage direction by Marc Bruni. Both have extensive Broadway and musical theater credits and both will make their Lyric Opera debuts with this production.

Lyric will be casting the majority of the female ensemble members from this audition. These ensemble members will portray nuns and will also portray and understudy several small, named roles. Ensemble members must be experienced, classically trained singers who can easily sing in Latin and produce minimal vibrato. Dance skills will be required of some of the female ensemble, so please make sure to include dance experience on your résumé. Lyric is seeking a variety of body types.

Weekly rates for ensemble performers and solo dancers are subject to collective bargaining agreement with AGMA and are $1069.50/week. The rehearsal and performance period for The Sound of Music is Monday, March 31 through Sunday, May 18, 2014 (7 weeks). There is the possibility of an extension of the performance period through May 25, 2014.

Auditions will be held at Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL.

In order to sign up for this audition, please email your résumé and headshot to

Auditionees will need to have prepared music that will be distributed by Lyric prior to your audition, as well as bringing your audition book consisting of contrasting musical theater pieces.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, January 18, 2014      AGMA/Equity     

Singing Ensemble Auditions
Staggered check-in
10am – 5pm  Audition

Sunday, January 19, 2014   AGMA/Equity  

Callback Auditions
Staggered check-in
10am – 5pm Audition

If you are interested in auditioning, please email There will be no open call and walk-ins will not be seen. Deadline for registration is Monday, January 13, 2014, 5pm.

Singers at Lyric Opera of Chicago are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists. Should you be hired for The Sound of Music you will be required to join this union if you are not already a member.