Detroit Opera Opens Auditions for Resident Artist Program

By Afton Wooten
(Photo credit: Austin Richey)

Applications are now open for Detroit Opera’s 2025–26 Resident Artist Program.

This newly designed program is for early-career professional opera singers. It offers individualized study to cater to the unique needs of each artist and aligns with the country’s top training programs. The program is led by opera coach and pianist Nathalie Doucet, Detroit Opera’s Head of Music. Two years ago, Doucet reshaped the program to keep pace with the spirit of innovation, outreach, and community-building characterized by Detroit Opera’s programming and administration since the arrival of Yuval Sharon as the company’s Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director.

Selected artists for the 2025–26 Resident Artist Program will commit to an intensive program while living in Detroit from Sept. 2025 through May 2026. They will receive training with Doucet and guest faculty in specially crafted as well as individualized curricula of voice, movement, language, and career guidance. In addition to their hands-on training and performances in Detroit Opera mainstage productions, Resident Artists work with Detroit Opera’s artistic leadership including Sharon and Music Director Roberto Kalb, as well as with guest artists, directors, conductors, and industry professionals.

Resident Artists will forge direct ties to Detroit Opera’s longstanding focus on accessibility to the surrounding community through recitals, concerts, and other collaborations with local schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and institutions. Resident Artists perform regularly during the season for patients at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital and in public concerts throughout Detroit and the state of Michigan. All Resident Artists begin on a one-year contract, and selected artists are invited to participate in a second year.

Artists who wish to apply to the 2025–26 Resident Artist Program should submit the application form by Sept. 1. Candidates selected for an audition will be notified by Oct. 11. Live auditions will be held in New York City on Nov. 13 and in Detroit on Nov. 19.