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Auditions for The Falling and the Rising Military Chorus

Opera Memphis is auditioning veterans and active duty military personnel for the military chorus in The Falling and the Rising.


The military chorus will sing 3 minutes of memorized music at the end of The Falling and the Rising. 

The Falling and the Rising, a new American opera, is the first co-commissioned opera between the U.S. Department of Defense and any professional opera company in the nation. This world premiere opera chronicles the imagined journey of a soldier suspended inside a coma after a roadside attack. We follow our soldier as she makes her way through a coma-induced dreamscape punctuated by powerful encounters with other fellow service members, each on the brink of discovery. Together, they must find clarity, consciousness, and communal hope inside a strange and ever-shifting universe. Created from compiled interviews from returning soldiers at Walter Reed National Medical Center, Arlington Cemetery, and Fort Meade, The Falling and the Rising is an inspirational story of service, sacrifice, and connection inside uncertainty. This operatic soldier’s odyssey was created to honor the indomitable spirit of our military veterans and to shed light on the power of their often overlooked stories. Conceived by Sgt. Ben Hilgert, music by Zach Redler, and words by Jerre Dye.

Audition Requirements
  • Singing experience required (church choir, choral groups, musical theatre, etc.) but NO OPERA EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Applicants do not need to be able to read music.
  • Optional: (1) prepared solo piece (preferably with piano accompaniment). No subject, theme, or language requirement.
  • All branches of the military are welcome. Please bring your DD2-14 or Military ID Card to your audition.
  • Must be able to attend the following rehearsals/performances:
    - 3/25, 7-8:30PM*
    - 3/26, 7-8:30PM*
    - 3/30, 6:30-10PM*
    *Must attend two of the three dates.
    - 4/1, 7-11PM
    - 4/2, 7-10PM
    - 4/3, 7-10PM
    - 4/5, 7-10PM (final dress rehearsal)
    - 4/6, 7:30PM (performance #1)
    - 4/12, 7:30PM (performance #2)
    - 4/13, 7:30PM (performance #3)

Any past and present armed service members will receive free tickets to the performances.

Audition Dates

Auditions are scheduled according to availability and will be held at:
The Clark Opera Memphis Center
6745 Wolf River Parkway
Memphis, TN 38120

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To schedule your audition, email Michael Sakir at


Opera Memphis is looking for Mid-South singers for its upcoming season! Opportunities for classically trained singers and those with experience in musical theatre.

audition dates

Monday, April 15 | 5:30pm-9:00pm
Tuesday, April 16 | 6:30pm-9:00pm


Principal and Comprimario Roles 
30 Days of Opera performances (September)
Outreach performances (All Season)

auditions are by appointment only

For any questions or to set an audition time, contact Sarah Squire, Director of Operations, at (901)202-4548 by email.

Things to know for the audition
  • Prepare and memorize 2 contrasting songs, however we may only hear one. We would prefer one of the pieces be an aria or song in the Italian language. Chorus auditions will include some sight-singing.
  • If auditioning for principal or comprimario roles, please bring your headshot/resumé and list of selections. Please include at least one aria or musical theatre song in English.
  • Auditions will be held at the Clark Opera Memphis Center (6745 Wolf River Parkway).
  • An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music. If you prefer, you may bring your own accompanist.
  • Chorus auditions are for ages 18 and up. Children and youth auditions will take place at an alternate time if needed.
  • If you are unavailable for the auditions and would like to audition at another time or submit a video recording for consideration, please contact Sarah Squire for more information.

Clark Opera Memphis Center
6745 Wolf River Parkway
Memphis TN 38120

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Audition DATEs:

Saturday, April 6 | 10:00am-12:30pm
Monday, April 8 | 3:30pm-6:00pm
Tuesday, April 9 | 3:30-6:00pm


Clark Opera Memphis Center
6745 Wolf River Parkway
Memphis TN 38120

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Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition, contact Sarah Squire at 901.202.4548 or by email.

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