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Handorf Company Artists

Handorf Company Artist Program

Opera Memphis' Handorf Company Artist program is generously sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Charles Handorf.

The Opera Memphis Handorf Company Artist Program provides career building experiences to emerging singers and pianists through robust performance opportunities and personalized goals. Beyond the pursuit of artistic excellence, it seeks to provide the tools and entrepreneurial mindset necessary for citizen-artists to champion opera in the 21st Century.

Our Handorf Company Artists receive a wide variety of performance opportunities including roles in our Masterworks Opera series; numerous appearances during 30 Days of Opera - Opera Memphis's award-winning program that brings a month of free performances to every corner of the Mid-South; and numerous recital and cabaret performances at an array of venues throughout the season. In addition to performing, our Artists engage with our diverse audiences by facilitating and participating in community events and working extensively as part of Opera Memphis civic practice and advocacy.

Many of our artists have completed their graduate studies, but at Opera Memphis we continue their training with coaching sessions from Music Director Cris Frisco and General Director Ned Canty, as well as visiting artists and coaches. They are learning not just skills and techniques for opera as an art, but also tools for opera as a profession. From topics like social media branding and public speaking to tax-preparation, these various training sessions are crafted by Opera Memphis professionals to suit each artist's needs and ensure their success.

The Handorf Company Artist Program provides career building experience to emerging singers and collaborative pianists through robust performance opportunities. Beyond the pursuit of artistic excellence, it seeks to provide the entrepreneurial mindset necessary for citizen-artists to champion opera in the 21st century.

  • Opera Memphis is auditioning ALL VOICE TYPES and PIANISTS for the 2021-2022 season. Auditions will be held in New York on Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24. Program dates are February 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022.
  • Ideal candidates have completed graduate studies and are ready for meaningful performance opportunities in a variety of styles including mainstage productions, recitals, cabaret performances, and "30 Days of Opera" which brings a month of live, free opera performances to every corner of Memphis.
  • HCAs receive a competitive salary, housing, medical insurance, and a travel stipend to cover a portion of audition trips and lessons.

Singers - submit application materials by August 13 to auditions@operamemphis.org.
Pianists - submit application materials by September 1 to auditions@operamemphis.org.

Visit operamemphis.org/audition to view audition requirements and learn more.

What past Company Artists are saying...


"I was reflecting on my growth over the last year.
I wanted to tell you both that from last summer to this summer
I’m much more prepared, comfortable, and confident.
I have a stronger sense of ownership in my performance...
and it wouldn’t have been so if not for [Opera Memphis] and the Company Artist program!"

Stephanie Doche | 2018-19 Company Artist