Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Festival Season.

Houston, TX: September 25, 2019
Cincinnati, OH: September 27-28, 2019
New York, NY: October 3-5, 2019
Des Moines, IA: October 13, 2019

Houston deadline: Sept 4
Cincinnati deadline: Sept 4
New York deadline: Sept 4
Des Moines deadline: Sept 15
Recording: Oct 1

Audition information for the Apprentice Artist Program:
Apprentice Artist auditions are held annually in various cities, as well as by recording. At least half of the audition period will be devoted to Apprentice Artist and OPERA Iowa auditions. 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 DMMO for all live auditions. 

Recorded auditions:
Candidates for the Apprentice Artist Program may submit a recorded audition in lieu of a live audition. All recordings will be heard. Audio and video recordings are accepted via YAP Tracker and should be submitted no later than October 1, 2019. 

During the fall auditions Des Moines Metro Opera will also hear singers to complete the casting needs for the OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe, its highly successful outreach program. The total group consists of six singers, a music director/pianist and a scenic technician, who rehearse for three weeks and then travel for nine weeks throughout Iowa and the surrounding states, performing in schools and on community concert series. All OPERA Iowa artists are offered positions with the Apprentice Artist Program for the summer of 2020. 

The OPERA Iowa period of employment will run from February 1 - May 2, 2020. Compensation is competitive. Travel, housing and per diem while touring will be covered by Des Moines Metro Opera. Repertory will include fully staged productions of Mozart's The Magic Flute for community audiences and John Davies' Little Red's Most Unusual Day for elementary audiences. Performances are sung in English and accompanied by piano. OPERA Iowa auditions will be heard in Houston, Cincinnati, New York and Des Moines.

Application requirements:
$25 non-refundable application fee
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)
Non-U.S. citizens only: proof of right to work in the United States 

Des Moines Metro Opera will be using a YAP Tracker application for the Apprentice Artist and OPERA Iowa Programs this season. 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. All recordings submitted under the "recorded audition" category will be heard. Please contact Sam Carroll at 515-961-6221 with any questions about the application process. 

Unmanaged Artist Auditions

Des Moines Metro Opera holds unmanaged artist auditions for principal positions each year. Because time for these auditions is limited, artists applying should meet at least two of the criteria below:

  • Was an Apprentice Artist with DMMO within the last five years
  • Has placed in a major competition
  • Is enrolled / has completed a training program at a major company
  • Has performed a leading or featured role with a major company
  • Has previously been managed but is currently between representatives


If you are interested in being considered for an audition in this capacity, please email Artistic Administrator, Sam Carroll ( and include a pdf of your résumé.