Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric to hold dance auditions for TANNHÄUSER May 24 & 25

For immediate release:
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago to hold dance auditions at Joffrey Tower for 
Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser 
Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago is auditioning highly trained dancers with strong technique in contemporary dance styles and dramatic stage experience for its upcoming production of the opera Tannhäuser  by Richard Wagner. This revival production will be staged by Tim Albery; Jasmin Vardimon is the choreographer, and August Tye is the ballet mistress.

Rehearsals begin December 1, 2014, with seven performances February 9 through March 6, 2015 (with a rehearsal break from December 22, 2014 to January 4, 2015).

Tannhäuser requires six solo female dancers (plus one cover) and six solo male dancers (plus one cover). Strong technique and professional training in contemporary styles and floor work are required. Additionally, dancers must be mature, versatile performers who are able to push themselves physically and theatrically. The choreography involves possible brief moments of topless onstage nudity.

Auditions will be held at Joffrey Tower, 10 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601.

Saturday, May 24 Tentative Schedule:               

12:00 p.m.


Previously-hired dancers ONLY




12:30 p.m.




Previously-hired dancers ONLY


Dancers new-to-Lyric




1:00 p.m.


Dancers new-to-Lyric



Sunday, May 25 Tentative Schedule:            

9:30 a.m.

Check-in for callbacks



10:00 a.m.

Callbacks (ending no later than 6 p.m.)

Dancers should bring athletic shoes to the audition as well as kneepads. There will be floor work, and Lyric will not be able to supply enough kneepads for all auditionees to borrow. Additionally, please make sure to wear simple dance clothes that show the dance line.

The deadline to register for this audition is Monday, May 19, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. To RSVP, please send your résumé and headshot to or call (312) 827-3576. Walk-ins will not be seen.

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