Opera Australia

Children's Chorus: La Bohème (Expired)

Opera Australia is seeking 12 children (6 boys and 6 girls) to perform in the Children’s Chorus for a revival production of Puccini’s La Bohème at the Sydney Opera House as part of the 2020 Sydney Summer Season.

La Bohème is a revival of a very successful Opera Australia production originally directed by Gale Edwards. It is a large scale production and requires a group of 12 children to sing in the Children’s Chorus. Two of the children will additionally be asked to act small roles outside of the chorus (these will be cast during rehearsal). The children’s action involves singing in Italian and some simple acting. Please note the show contains a brief amount of partial nudity, both times occurring while the children are offstage.

All children cast in the production will perform in all shows.

This production will be performed at the Sydney Opera House from Tuesday 31 December 2019 to Thursday 30 January 2020. Casual contracts will be offered to Sydney-based children with rehearsals commencing from Monday 9 December 2019.


Age range: between 9 and 14 years old 
Height: up to 155cm

  • Children should have strong musical skills and be able to sing in a classical treble style
  • Boys should still be trebles
  • Children should be able to take simple stage directions and stand calmly without fidgeting or becoming distracted
  • Children must be comfortable with loud vocal singing at close proximity


Juvenile Choristers are performers at or under 15 years of age. Pay rates of Juvenile Choristers are in accordance with the Opera Australia Enterprise Agreement. Rehearsal rates are currently $20.13/ hour for children under 15 years of age (minimum 3 hour call). Performance rates are currently $108.93 per performance for children under 15 years of age (minimum 4 hour call).

Children must be given permission by their school to participate. Children must be Sydney-based for the duration of the season.


Submissions are invited from Agents and individuals. Please complete this online form to apply.

You will be required to upload the following materials:
1. CV/resume
2. Headshot
3. Full-length body shot

Children that are successful in their application will be contacted for more information, and may be invited to attend a singing audition in Sydney in late September 2019.

Children will be asked to sing a classical song for the audition. An accompanist will be provided and auditionees will be required to bring a spare copy of the sheet music.

Closing Date: Friday 20 September 2019

Find out more: https://opera.org.au/auditions-children


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Friday 20 September, 2019

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