Announcing the NYIOP NYC 2016

The NEXT NYIOP Session will be in London, England on February 10-12, 2017 – theaters being confirmed now and registration will be open as of the second week of December 2016.


Announcing NYIOP New York City 2016

Bringing International opera theaters to NYC to audition singers


14 – 16 December 2016

Theaters expected to attend are:

  • Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, France
  • Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Staatsoper Stuttgart, Germany
  • Theater Bonn, Germany
  • Theater Oldenburg, Germany
  • Staatstheater Luebeck, Germany
  • Metropolitan Opera
  • Spoleto Festival USA



Repertoire needed is posted below.

More theaters may be added. Some changes may occur. Details will be posted once confirmed.

Spaces will be filled first-come, first-served. Online registration open now.

There will not be a preselection for this session.

The auditions will take place at the Christian Scientist Church on 68th and Central Park West.

Pianists are not provided – you must bring your own pianist.


Fee: $290 each session


Online registration is now open via the link below.


As of Thursday, December 8 all spaces have been filled in the auditions.  However, cancellations happen very often.  If you wish to be notified of any cancellations and put on a waiting list for available spaces, please write us at and let us know your availability and we will contact you immediately when a possible space appears.

You can use the link below to schedule a private session on December 17 or 18 if you wish.



Private Sessions Available

David Blackburn is offering ONLY FIVE private sessions on Dec 17 and 18th.  These can be to focus on feedback from your audition or preparation for presentation or career/professional advice.

The cost of these sessions will be $175 per hour and can also be scheduled online via the link above.  Location will be sent via email once scheduled.


Repertoire Being Cast and Considered by the Theaters attending in December
  • The biggest need – is the big Verdi repertoire: both Leonora and Lady Macbeth..
  • Also tenors that can sing the Verdi repertoire – No need for baritones.
  • Real basses!!!
  • Bel Canto Sopranos: Norma, Imogene etc…
  • Looking to find a new Queen of the Night and a new 22 year old Lucia Popp type for Sophie or Pamina
  • Entire ring cycle – mostly a young bass ideally into the ensemble
    immediate need for a Fafner for April 2017 – moving onward would be Hunding 17-18 moving on into Fafner and Hagen to finish the ring – small house, for young voices
  • Other than that, general singers of all voice types that can sing a variety of styles (small house – small ensemble that does EVERYTHING)
  • He is serious about finding interesting young voice and building seasons around them in a small house where the singers can experiment with repertoire they might not sing until later in their careers.
  • spinto tenors (Rodolfo, Edgardo, Cavaradossi), as well alyrical sopranos (Pamina, Mimi)
  • basso serio for possible ensemble positions.
  • young talented countertenors
  • In 2018/19 we will do LOHENGRIN and might be looking for an Ortrud and King Marke – but this needs very good diction (German a MUST) and for guest contracts we have to make sure that the singers are based in Europe.
  • Greta (young dramatic) and Fritz (tenor) for Schreker DER FERNE KLANG
  • Tenor fest position: TAMINO, ALMAVIVA & CARMINA BURANA
  • All roles considered for std rep productions of Cosí fan Tutte, Hollander, Tosca
  • Full casts of Boheme, and Cosi
  • lots of smaller roles across a large repertoire
  • 2-3 positions for experienced artists “of a certain age” to replace several singers going into retirement – Berta, Grenvil etc type roles – German fluency a must
  • Young heldentenor – Erik and Narraboth etc
  • New Lohengrin discovery – a debut opportunity
  • Hoffmann – needs to have sung the role before
  • Rossini tenor – Pasquale, Cenerentola and Almavivia in one season
  • Baccus
  • Mozart tenor – Cosi, Iphegenie en Tauride, etc
  • Need singers all voice types interested in top level ensemble of all voice types


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