Application Info

Applications are now Closed for the 2019 Season. Please check back in july, 2019 for information regarding auditions for the 2020 Season.

The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer Program is a professional training program for young singers who have recently completed or are completing a formal program of vocal study.

The Apprentice Singer Program of The Santa Fe Opera is operated in agreement with The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). This agreement limits the eligibility of candidates to those patrons who:
  • have NOT, prior to apprenticeship with The Santa Fe Opera, performed total of six (6) different roles with another professional opera company under regular AGMA Artist's Contract
  • have NOT been engaged by The Santa Fe Opera more than once before under Apprentice Artist status by AGMA

Citizens from other countries who are studying at Music Conservatories in the United States are encouraged to apply. Foreign applicants must have the requisite US training or working permissions to participate in the program. The Santa Fe Opera will not be responsible for procuring the paperwork necessary to participate in this program. We respectfully request that applicants know in advance that they are eligible to apply to the program.

All singers accepted into the program are required to join AGMA if they are not already members

All new members must submit an application for membership and must pay the first of two $39 basic dues payments within one week of their first rehearsal in Santa Fe. The initiation fee (currently $500) is due to AGMA by the first contracted performance. If the new member is unable to pay the initiation fee on time, he/she must contact AGMA's Membership Department by the end of the first week of rehearsals to arrange a payment plan. In addition, Working Dues calculated at 2% of the total compensation will be withheld and remitted to AGMA on each member's behalf.

The Santa Fe Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 2020 Season Apprentice Artists will receive the AGMA weekly fee and a long-distance travel stipend. Housing not provided.

Applicants are required to submit three audio or audio/video files with their application. Video submissions are preferred. Applications without either an audio or video submission will not be accepted.


A headshot submission will be required as part of your digital application. A place is available to submit your complete resume, but this is not a requirement.

The Santa Fe Opera will be using YAP Tracker to process applications for the Apprentice Singer Program. 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). Be sure to complete the application in full detail in the format requested. Future correspondence regarding your audition status will be sent via email. The email address you supply should be monitored regularly as you will receive confirmation of your application's receipt. (Please check any SPAM filters while awaiting receipt of your application.)