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Best Audition Songs for Sopranos

Updated on October 14, 2009
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Songs To Get You That Role

As an ex-musical theatre major, I have gone on probably at least 100 auditions. After much trial and error, I have come up with a decent and growing list of awesome audition songs for Sopranos and belters that will make you stand out and be heard. Of course there are many others, these are just my personal favorites.

1. My all time favorite, all around Great Audition Song: Gimme Gimme from Thoroughly Modern Millie. This song marks the transition point in the show where Millie decides she wants love more than money. The song starts off soft, slow, and pensive and eventually explodes into a great ending sequence of excitement and a belted C that seemingly lasts forever. The song requires acting as well which makes it a great audition song.

2. Song from old Rogers and Hammerstein: My Lord and Master from The King and I. This song is slow and needs to be sung deliberately and with a growing passion. It is very difficult to sing correctly considering the range and the fact that most of it lingers around the passaggio. Ultimately, it ends on a long, high note (I think the version I have ends on an A flat) that can grow and impress the people for whom you sing.

3. Another song from old Rogers and Hammerstein: Wonderful Guy from South Pacific. It is very simple and lighthearted in a waltz beat. If you need a happy-go-lucky song that is made to sound incredibly simple to sing (but can be difficult if not sung correctly), then go for this one. It has a very small range as well, so almost anyone can sing it. This song would be good for auditions where the role you want needs to act in a song.

4. Belting: When you Got It, Flaunt It from The Producers. I'm sure you've heard this one. It is to be sung in a Swedish accent. I usually start from the middle before the big "Bring It Home!" section where she sings "When I was just a little girl in Sweden..." The end has you belting high E flats. If you're up for a slutty but dumb role, try this one.

5. A cute song with some high notes: Fine, Fine Line from Avenue Q. A puppet singing? How adorable. This song is thoughtful and depicts the part in the show where the main monster girl, Kate, has been dumped by her boyfriend, Princeton, and she's singing her sorrows of never knowing if a guy is just a friend or more. It is mostly soft and thoughtful, but the end grows up to a D. This song is great to be sung in that normal, slightly nasally "Broadway tone" we've all grown to love and envy.

6. A classic nearly everyone has sung...:   On my Own from Les Miserables. You know it. Everyone knows it. It's deep, passionate, thoughtful, soft, loud, and all in all it's just a fantastic song. However do NOT sing this at an audition for Les Miserables. Please? The directors and producers have probably heard it about a million times before you came in and are pretty sick of it. It will not help you stand out.

6b. Another classic...: Someone Like You from Jekyll and Hyde. I really like this one when you start from the second verse. That's when the music picks up and you can really let those high notes fly. Passionate. And it shows if you can sing or not. I've actually stepped into an audition with this song right after someone else sang the same song before me, and the directors complimented me on it, saying, "Not many people can sing this song like that." So if you can pull it off, it'll be worth it.

These are just my favorite songs; as I've said, there are a bunch of great songs. In fact, any song could probably be a great audition song if it's sung well (except for something "I Don't Know How To Love Him" from JesusChristSuperstar. It's boring, slow, and repetitive. No one wants to sit through that). Most of these songs I listed here can be found in the Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology books which you can find on Amazon.com. 

Remember, the auditioners just want to make sure you have a love of musical theatre and the ability to show it on stage. So smile, sing your heart out, and have fun!!

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      Opera Ghost 6 years ago

      It sounds like you and I have similar taste in musical theatre. I am sad that you had to hate on "I Don't Know How To Love Him." I mean, the same detractions you listed for it could easily be said of "Someone Like You" and "On My Own." I've heard them both done (badly) several times at auditions, and I think they're officially on the 'do not sing' list for a while.

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      Kitty Kat 6 years ago

      Do you have a similar list for altos or for mezzo sopranos?

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      Me 5 years ago

      "On My Own" is a mezzo-soprano song.

      I'm really sorry if I sound jerkish, I really am. I'm a mezzo and I'm a little protective of songs our group owns. Sorry If I sound jerkish!

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      Kitty Kat 5 years ago

      Rawr im a butterfly

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      Singerr 5 years ago

      On My Own is great. thank you!

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      v v 5 years ago

      um do u think singing defying gravity would be a good song for the nashville school of arts audition plz comment i need all the help i can get love ya duces

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      v v 5 years ago

      scratch thaT what about bruno mars it will rain i mean it is a great song and i think it says a lot who cares what the judges want u should sing from the heart not from the mind why audition if u got in 4 the rong reason

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      Author of Hub 5 years ago

      Hey v v,

      If you're trying to go for musical theatre, then sing a musical theatre song- yes, Defying Gravity is a good song, but only if you can really rock it out. A better choice, still from Wicked, would be The Wizard and I, because it has better flow to it and doesn't get interrupted by another character singing. But please, if you're going to a prestigious art school, do not sing a pop song. It pains me when people do that. Anything from the musical theatre repertoire, even modern stuff like from Wicked or The Last 5 Years would be good.

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      person 5 years ago

      Hi, which modern songs do you think would be good for a 12-going-on-13-year-old girl? I'm thinking "What It Means To Be a Friend," from 13, but what else would you recommend?

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      astar 5 years ago

      I can sing like a pro but I cant find a song. To sing

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      CEM 5 years ago

      Vety Helpful!

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      Mia 5 years ago

      To anybody who has an audition coming up: Don't sing Defying Gravity!

      It's a great song, but it's way overdone. I know this because I talked to Matt Beck, who is a professional casting director. (He did the casting for Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., Brother Bear, The Emperor's New Groove, and Lilo and Stitch, among other things). He said that so many people sing Defying Gravity that you'll totally blend in if you sing it. They'll forget about you as soon as you leave.

      Also, don't sing anything that is originally sung by an extremely famous singer. Example: I wanted to sing I Have Confidence (from The Sound of Music) for an audition, but when I asked him about it, he said it's not a good idea because they'll be comparing my voice to Julie Andrew's voice, and hers is obviously better.

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      collegatariat 5 years ago

      Great list! I love the Musical Theater Anthologies, and can spend hours just singing through them. No auditions coming up, but this will be great for reference in future. Thanks!

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      Me 4 years ago

      I'd say none of these songs are good audition songs. They're all overdone. Avoid Wicked, Les Mis, Chicago, Disney and Grease like the Black Plague. Also don't do anything by Sondheim as you're pretty much setting yourself up for failure.

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      Muzicgirl 4 years ago

      Please can someone recommend me some audition songs, I have some ideas but not sure. Got quite a high range, but not belting

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      lex 4 years ago

      Are you serious? "On My Own" and "Gimmie Gimmie"? Both those songs are on the absolute NO list for auditions. I can't believe as a "ex Musical Theatre" major you would recommend these. As a current MT major and as someone who goes on a lot of auditions and knows what songs are good and bad to do, I would say avoid everything on this list. Seriously. Every single song mentioned is overdone to the extreme.

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      Katy [Author] 4 years ago

      Dear everyone who commented,

      I wrote this YEARS ago, before I had any clue about the real NYC musical theatre auditioning world.

      I COMPLETELY agree that these songs are terribly terribly overdone, and frankly, they should never be sung at any legitimate NYC audition.

      Sincerely,

      Very Sorry I May Have Steered You In the Wrong Direction

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      Muzicgirl 4 years ago

      Well then, any songs you recommend?

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      AngelOfMusic 4 years ago

      On My Own helped me to get in as a Soprano :-)

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      lotty holder 4 years ago

      hi caberet from caberet is good and take that look off your face from tell me on a sunday xxxx

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      Madison 3 years ago

      What would be a good song to sing to audition for the part of rosemary in "How to succeed in business without really trying"? I was going to sing "gimmie, gime" But another girl is singing that already. Please help! :)

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      PersephoneCoorhag 3 years ago from Rocklin, California

      Most, or maybe all, of these songs listed are for mezzo sopranos, not sopranos.

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      Kristynn 3 years ago

      AngelofMusic= how did On My Own help you get a Soprano part if that's pure mezzo-soprano to even alto?

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      bobo 2 years ago

      i need a good song for my audition. i am a soprano. can anyone help me?

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