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Handel in the Theatre invites Canberra singers to audition for our Dramatic Chorus, which will perform in our production of Handel’s Susanna in the Canberra Playhouse on 1&2 September 2018. This is a great opportunity for skilled singers to gain experience performing with a professional opera company, working with Artistic Director (and chorus master) Tobias Cole, director Caroline Stacey, choreographer Belynda Buck and conductor Brett Weymark.

The Dramatic Chorus for Susanna will comprise 8-12 singers (SATB). We are looking for performers with strong ensemble skills in both singing and acting, and welcome applications from singers of all musical backgrounds, including classical performance, musical theatre and choirs.


The auditions will be conducted by Tobias Cole and Caroline Stacey. There will be two stages:

Round One: Saturday 7 April and Sunday 8 April, timeslots between 10:30 and 2:30pm
Groups of 5 singers, with an ensemble component (40 minutes), followed by individual auditions (10 minutes each).

Round Two: 3pm Sunday 22 April
Callback session for shortlisted auditionees from Round One.

All Round One auditionees will need to prepare the same audition piece, ‘Righteousness’ chorus (excerpt) from Susanna (click to download). Please be ready to sing the entire piece in both the ensemble and individual components of the audition, with bars 83-110 from memory. We do not expect perfection, but will be focusing on:

  • vocal quality
  • acting and movement
  • ensemble skills
  • responsiveness to direction.

The requirements for Round Two will be provided to those who are shortlisted from Round One.


The Dramatic Chorus will commence rehearsals on Sunday 17 June. Chorus members must be available for all commitments listed in the Dramatic Chorus Schedule.


Handel in the Theatre is a professional opera company, and will pay dramatic chorus singers a fee.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form and email it, together with a brief (one-page) bio and a headshot photo, to If you have any recordings or video clips online that you wish to share, include these links in your bio.

Applications should be submitted before 5pm Tuesday 3 April. Audition timeslots will be advised by Thursday 5 April. Note that there are a limited number of audition timeslots available, and we may not be able to audition all applicants.

If you have any questions, please email


(Balcony Chorus applications will open in June)