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What is the average salary of an opera singer?

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July 08, 2009 10:34PM

Unlike a pop or mainstream singer, CD sales are not usually the main source of income for opera singers. Depending on what opera company you're with, as a chorus member, you could get only a few thousand for all the rehearsals and performances of a show. Like any other type of art, the more famous you are, the more money you make. Most opera singers don't make it to the "big leagues" but once they do, they could be paid several thousand dollars per performance. There's a large gap, though, between those who are sought after and paid 5, 6, and even 7 digits per performance and those who are barely scraping by.