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Applications are now being accepted for the

2022/23 Lesley Resident Artist Program

December 1-5, 2021

New York, NY

The application deadline is November 12, 2021

Resident Artist auditions are held annually in New York City and in Fort Worth, as well as by digital recording submissions. As much as we would like to hear everyone who submits audition materials, it is seldom possible because of time considerations. A pianist is provided by Fort Worth Opera for all live auditions.

The period of employment for Lesley Resident Artists will run from September 06, 2022 - May 13, 2023. Resident Artists will perform in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex throughout this period, including comprimario roles in mainstage Fort Worth Opera productions. While in Fort Worth, Lesley Resident Artists will sing at various community, donor, social events, and perform recitals. Training will include regular coachings, master classes, language seminars, acting classes, and discussions with managers. Artists will also participate in masterclasses with established artists and agents brought in by Fort Worth Opera, to foster their artistic development and provide fresh perspectives on the business of singing.

Candidates for the Resident Artist Program may submit a recorded audition in place of a live audition. Audio and video recordings are accepted via YAP Tracker and should be submitted no later than November 12, 2021. 


  • Completed application form via YAP Tracker

  • Current pdf copy of résumé 

  • Digital color headshot (preferably in landscape format)

  • Two recorded arias of contrasting style (audio and/or video)

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Fort Worth Opera will be using a YAP Tracker application for the Resident Artist Program. The application can be found here. You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see the website for details). Registration can be completed here. 

A live audition is not guaranteed and a preliminary recording is necessary if you wish to be considered for a live audition. December 1-4 auditions will be exclusively for Fort Worth Opera; however, singers chosen for December 5 will be auditioning for both Fort Worth Opera and Shreveport Opera. All singers chosen to audition for Shreveport Opera (December 6-8) will also be auditioning for Fort Worth Opera and do not need to submit a second application. 

All recordings submitted under the "recorded audition" category will be heard. Please contact Dr. Charlene Lotz (, FWO Head of Music and Music Director for Children's Opera Theatre, with any questions about the application process.