This year the First Round of auditions will be by video submission, and you will be asked to submit your recordings by 11:59pm on Saturday 27 March 2021. All applications must be submitted using YAP Tracker and there will be a fee of £25 which will include the submission of your first round video audition. 

Your videos must adhere to the following requirements, which are the same for candidates who choose a live audition:

  • You should record three arias, of which;
    • all should be opera (no song or oratorio);
    • at least two languages should be represented;
    • at least one should be in English;
    • at least one should come from a contemporary opera (post-1980).

You may, if you wish, record additional arias (up to a maximum of five audition pieces). You are welcome to bring a post-1980 English aria.

Please note that:

  • Videos must be recorded after 16 September 2021. 

  • Each aria should be recorded in a single take;

  • During this time, each submission doesn't need to be recorded within the same recording session. The only requirement is that all submissions are recorded within the last three months.

  • Recordings must be made entirely live, with piano accompaniment. We are accepting submissions that use a pre-recorded piano accompaniment. If a pianist is present, they must be in shot.

  • The video files may be submitted in any of the following file formats:
    • AVI (Audio Video Interleave)
    • FLV (Flash Video Format)
    • WMV (Windows Media Video)
    • MOV (Apple QuickTime Movie)
    • MP4 or MPEG-4 (Moving Pictures Expert Group 4)
  • Videos should be uploaded to the "My Profile" section of YAP Tracker, then added to your application form.
  • You may also upload your videos to Youtube and supply links as part of your form.
  • The recordings must not have any audio editing (including but not limited to reverb, equalisation or auto-tuning).

  • We do not stipulate any minimum requirements for the quality of the video recording, however, the panel must be able to see and hear you clearly.

  • Each recording file size must be less than 2gb.

  • The titles of each file should be labelled with your full name, the aria title and the opera from which it is taken

  • The recordings must be submitted through YAP Tracker in order to be considered.

If you have questions about your recordings, please contact [email protected]