Singer Application

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicants for the 2016–17 season of auditions must be within 20–30 years old for all voice types from August 1, 2016, through July 31, 2017. This means that applicants must have been born on or between August 1, 1986 and July 31, 1996, in order to be eligible to audition.
  2. Applicants should demonstrate operatic potential and should have musical training and background. Applicants must be able to sing in more than one language and show artistic aptitude.
  3. Citizens of the United States of America and Canada are eligible to audition. Foreign applicants are also welcome to audition and must show proof of one-year residency or proof of full-time enrollment in a college or university in the U.S. or Canada.
  4. The District and Region auditions require five arias of the singer’s choice consisting of contrasting languages and styles. At the national levels of competition, singers only offer four arias.
  5. For details regarding all Eligibility Requirements, please visit the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council website.

NOTE: Applicants may choose to enter any one District audition across the country regardless of whether they are a resident of the area. District winners must compete in the Region Finals of the Region in which they were District winners. Because we allow singers to audition in the National Council District of their choice, there will be certain unavoidable instances when a panel includes a judge with a connection to one or more contestants. While we work to avoid this circumstance, please be assured that judges are asked to recuse themselves from deliberations about singers with whom they have previously worked.

For the most up-to-date information, be sure to check the
National Council Auditions Website.

2016-2017 Application

Beginning with this season, all applications for auditions should be completed online through the MET’s secure website.

Singer Checklist

For All Applicants:
Submit the following materials online via the MET's website:

  • Completed application form and agreed/signed Governing Regulations form.
  • Copy of your birth certificate or other legal proof of age such as a driver’s license or passport.
  • A one-page résumé.
  • Professional headshot.
  • Foreign applicants (those who are not citizens of the United States or Canada) must also provide proof of one-year residency or proof of full-time enrollment in a college or university in the United States or Canada.
One Last Item:
  • Submit a non-refundable application fee of $30.00. See your district page for specific payment information and how to submit to your district Director, Co-Director, or Coordinator.

Please retain a copy of your completed online application, including the Governing Regulations, for your records. An electronic copy will be sent via e-mail once the online application is completed.

Please note that applications will not be considered completed until payment has been received and your district representative has confirmed your place in the district auditions.